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Selma Blair says adios to Twitter over James Gunn's Disney termination

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Jul 29, 2018

Yet another actor has left Twitter in the wake of James Gunn's firing from Disney.

This time, it was Selma Blair (Hellboy), who had come to the writer/director's defense shortly after he was removed from the very active production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. In a short Twitter post Saturday, she wrote "So long. You can find me on Instagram. #Istandwithjamesgunn." While Blair's Twitter account is no longer active, her message has been accurately relayed by Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.

“@JamesGunn I thank you for your talent, your decency and your evolution as a man. You propped me up when I was in a scary place, and guided me towards the decent and right thing to do. You have shown strength of character more than most anyone I know. You understood," wrote Blair on Twitter, not long after news broke of Disney severing all ties with Gunn

Her decision to leave the social media platform mirrors that of Michael Rooker, who heavily hinted at his distaste over the handling of Gunn's old tweets, before stating that he'd be sticking to Instagram from here on out. The tweets (which are around 10 years old) were made, according to Gunn himself, in an effort to be edgy. Their jokes about rape and pedophilia caused an uproar online, although the filmmaker later apologized, assuring his fans that they are not reflective of the person he is today.

Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Jim Starlin, and Glenn Close have offered words of positivity and support for Gunn over the last week. Indeed, a petition for Disney to rehire James Gunn has already surpassed 330,000 signatures. In a preemptive measure meant to avoid the digging of trolls, Last Jedi director Rian Johnson deleted 20,000 of his old tweets; he later explained that this was not something Disney/Lucasfilm had ordered him to do.