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Guardians star Michael Rooker says he's 'tired and upset,' quits Twitter days after Gunn's firing

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Jul 23, 2018

Actor Michael Rooker, Yondu in the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, quit Twitter yesterday, just mere days after Disney severed ties with writer/director James Gunn.

"This account will be inactive after today," wrote Rooker in a two-part message to his fans. "We're very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLSH** ... neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it. Thank you to all who gave kind words & support. See you on Instagram."

While he doesn't specifically say that he's leaving the social media platform over the firing of Gunn, the timing seems just a little too close to be a coincidence. Moreover, Rooker and Gunn have been friends for more than a decade since Rooker starred in the writer/filmmaker's directorial debut, Slither, in 2006. Collaboration between the two has endured in nearly every Gunn-related project over the last 12 years.

When asked by someone on Twitter for his thoughts on the controversy, Rooker responded with "James Gunn knows. That’s all that matters," in a now-deleted tweet, writes The Independent

The 63-year-old film star is the latest celebrity to voice his exasperation on social media after Dave Bautista, Selma Blair, and Gunn's own brother Sean, who wrote an impassioned 10-part defense of his sibling on Twitter. 

Gunn was fired on Friday after a number of his old tweets concerning jokes on topics like pedophilia and rape resurfaced online. While apologizing for the distasteful words and stating that he had since matured as a person, the damage was already done, with Disney removing him as director from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Fans on social media have been somewhat split over the decision, but a petition calling for Gunn's rehiring has already surpassed 173,000 signatures.