Dave Bautista Rips James Gunn’s Firing as a ‘Cyber Nazi Attack That Succeeded’

Marvel star says Gunn’s axing is “so much bigger” than “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”

Last Updated: July 22, 2018 @ 3:28 PM

A day after voicing his support for recently fired “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, Marvel star Dave Bautista ripped into the “cyber nazi attack” that uncovered the 2012 tweets that cost Gunn his job directing the next installment of the “Guardians” series.

“What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you?” asked Bautista in a tweet on Sunday. “Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions? MILLIONS!!!”

Gunn, who has reportedly finished the script for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” was removed from the project after alt-right provocateur Mike Cernovich dug up tweets from him prior to joining Disney. They were soon picked up by conservative media and led to Disney studio chairman Alan Horn announcing his dismissal.

Bautista came to his collaborator’s defense, saying on Friday that Gunn is “one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met.” But Sunday’s tweets were far more heated, saying that Gunn’s removal had much bigger implications than just the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“This was a #cybernazi attack that succeeded,” he tweeted. “Unless we start to unite together against this crap, whether people are offended are not! …it’s going to get much worse. And it can happen to anyone.”

Fellow Guardians star Sean Gunn, who is James’ brother,” tweeted on Saturday that working on the “Guardians” films changed the director into a “more open-hearted than the guy who needed to get a rise out of people by making nasty or offensive jokes.”

Gunn also received support from Selma Blair, one of the women who accused James Toback of sexual harassment. Blair said Gunn was one of the people who convinced her to speak out about her harassment, calling him “one of the good ones.”

“I thank you for your talent, your decency and your evolution as a man,” Blair tweeted. “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.”