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Dave Bautista equates Disney with Trump after Mouse House refuses to rehire James Gunn

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Aug 17, 2018

As you've likely heard, James Gunn, the director of the MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy films, was fired last month by Disney/Marvel when some offensive (and old) tweets of his were dredged back up from the depths of the internet. Actor Dave Bautista (Drax) has raged against Gunn's firing on more than one occasion, and the entire Guardians cast signed an open letter to Disney asking for him to be rehired. Many fans want him back too, as a petition to rehire him stands at over 380,000 signatures (at the time of this writing), and the number continues to climb. The saga isn't over, either. 

Disney recently met with Gunn, but then made it clear that they are not bringing him back. Let's just say that Dave Bautista is not happy about it. 

Likely in reference to the alt-right pundits who brought Gunn's old tweets back to the forefront after many years (Gunn is an outspoken critic of certain politicians), a swing was made by Bautista today at Disney via his Twitter account. He writes, "Thanks Disney!! Making America great again!" 

The tweet references the catchphrase of President Donald Trump. Bautista has often tweeted that the firing of Gunn was brought on by "cyber-nazis" who share some alt-right-leaning viewpoints with the referenced political figure. As we have said, Gunn is a very vocal opponent of the people who use the line spoken above — as such, Bautista's message is not subtle. 

When last we heard, Disney/Marvel was going to use Gunn's completed script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. That could certainly change, as now they have to go on the search for a new director. If things keep going this way, they might have to look for some new actors as well — Bautista is obviously not happy, and we are certain that this story will not end here. 


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