"Reading the comments in the Chris Pratt post about James Gunn. What happened to forgiveness in our world? Where is grace? So bummed," he wrote in the first of a series of tweets talking about forgiveness and his own three children.
"When someone asks for forgiveness, admits to making a mistake, I cannot in good faith deny acceptance of the offense. Who doesn’t think that at some point you will require forgiveness from someone for something? That is grace. We should all show of more of it imho," Liefeld wrote in his final tweet on the matter.
Liefeld (who recently posted about another headline-making Marvel icon over the weekend, Stan Lee, after visiting the comics legend) is the latest in a growing line of celebrities and entertainment personalities to offer support for Gunn. Michael Rooker and Selma Blair both left Twitter in protest, while Dave Bautista has tweeted multiple times about his anger over Disney's decision to sever ties with the filmmaker.
Even Gunn's own brother, Sean (Kraglin in the GotG movies), has spoken up, throwing his full support behind his sibling. While he wrote a number of tweets defending James, he spoke to TMZ within the last 24 hours about the open letter, saying:
“I’m not really in that game of figuring out what a massive media company’s gonna do, but I’m happy to support my brother and I’m happy to see other people support him. There’ve been a lot of lies spread about him, but I think most people understand that they’re lies. It’s mostly a lot of people trying to destroy his character and I just wanna see what the fans think from here on out. I hope everybody stops and listens for a minute, instead of this quick to speak. The statement we made really speaks for itself. I really can’t say more than that.”
Fans are also showing their support, as 350,000 people have signed a Change.org petition urging the company to bring Gunn back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and as a producer on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.