Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Who Knew the Mouse Was Actually a Rat?


Bear with each other and forgive one 
another if any of you has a grievance 
against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

- Colossians 3:13

If God can forgive, why can't Disney?


  Oh, Mickey, how could you?

Recently, Disney Studios fired Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn after some offensive Twitter posts he'd done almost a decade earlier were unearthed by right-wingers upset about his very vocal opposition to the guy currently living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Almost immediately, the fans rallied to Gunn's defense, posting their protests on Twitter and Facebook.

Predictably, there were also posts applauding the termination and attacking anyone who defended Gunn. Were they disappointed Marvel fans, or were they just trolls? Nobody knows, yet.

The Guardians cast--Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn (yes, James Gunn's brother) and Karen Gillan--issued a joint statement in support of Gunn and asking for his reinstatement. I'm one of over 300,000 who signed a petition demanding he be rehired and voicing my support on social media.

One nitwit who believed Gunn's (old) inappropriate tweets mean he's a pedophile responded to me with a suggestion that I have James Gunn babysit my son. My response: "Well, James Gunn would be way out of my pay range and my son is 39 and bigger than Dave Bautista, so...."

Why do I feel so strongly about this? Aside from being a fan, I know too well what it's like to do something really stupid (and to some, offensive) and still be judged for it decades later. As actress Selma Blair put it, if we go on persecuting someone for mistakes they've owned up to years later, even though they've changed and are no longer the person they were then,  what incentive do we have to change, to grow?

As for the content of Gunn's tweets, I can relate there as well. When my contract with one of my publishers ended, I was determined to break away from the glamorous romance writer image that had been created for me. It was an exhausting role to do. I was by no means glamorous and knew almost nothing about romance. I delivered my option proposal, about a bush pilot living in Africa, a story as un-glamorous and un-romantic as I could think up. They rejected it, of course.

Then my dad died.

I was in a really dark place for a long time. I tried psychotherapy, but had a therapist who did more harm than good. I had to find my way back to healthy with a different guide. I kept writing, but the proposals I sent to my agent were so dark and disturbing, she wisely refused to send any of them out.

I'm fortunate, it would seem, that Twitter didn't exist in the early 1990s.

Some of you who know me well have heard this story before. My agent urged me to take some time off, to heal. She likened me to Picasso.  "He had his Red Period and his Blue Period," she told me. "This is your Ugly Period."

I struggled to get the creative spark back, but it took a long time. First, I had to find faith. I had to find God. When I did finally emerge from the darkness, my first published work was Chasing the Wind, a novel about faith and redemption, the struggle between good and evil, focused on a scientist involved in illegal experiments who discovers he's been chosen to be a prophet.

Yes, we can and do change. Some for the better, some, sadly, not for the better.

If every time the alt-right targets someone with trash from their pasts and manages to ruin their careers, their lives, who's next?  Where does it end?

Think about that. 

Postscript: Just read this from ComicBook.com. Looks like good news could be forthcoming!
http://comicbook.com/2018/07/31/james-gunn-guardians-of-the-galaxy-reinstated-possible/ 

 

12 comments:

  1. Both sides do this! So glad you found your faith. I love Chasing the Wind.

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    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/08/01/we-are-q-a-deranged-conspiracy-cult-leaps-from-the-internet-to-the-crowd-at-trumps-maga-tour/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b4635ea9daff

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  2. Well said!

    We are not the person we were years ago, and I accept that he's moved past that. Digging up things that are said a decade ago simply because he is quite vocal in regards to the policies of a man who proves himself each day to be reprehensible is unacceptable.

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    1. Yep...some of us have changed. Trump, however, is still the self-absorbed egomaniac he's always been--the champion of rude, crude and crass.

      I can't comprehend the evangelicals following him so blindly. As I've said before, he's the embodiment of all seven deadly sins and breaks all ten commandments before breakfast every day.

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  3. I agree with everything you said in your reply to William Norma. There are some who can change but there are those like #45 who get more vile with each passing year!

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    1. Have you heard the latest from one of his fired staffers? I'm not an Omarosa fan, but she was an insider for a long time.

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    2. Yes I have been watching CNN. #45 is totally insane I'm sure!

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  4. Do we all make mistakes ? don't we all grow up ? Is he doing the same thing he did then ? I hope we all grow and become better people, some have and then there is Trump and my X they both are black holes !

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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    1. We do, indeed, Gayle. No--what Gunn did was years ago and he's admitted to having regrets.

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  5. Are not all people suppose to grow ? Since I do not know this person or movies he made I will take you and Williams word !

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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  6. You've never seen Guardians of the Galaxy? They're two of my favorite movies of all time--especially the trigger-happy raccoon!

    I don't understand the uproar over some posts from years ago. He's a writer as well as a director, and writers write about things that they would never do or even think about doing in real life. As the late Sidney Sheldon once explained, writing what you know doersn't always mean what you've personally experienced. It means heavy research, too. As he pointed out, he wrote about murders, rapes, multiple personalities--things he has no personal experience with.

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    1. Why do I never spot typos until the moment I click on Publish?

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