GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND THE SINS OF THE PAST

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Benjamin

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND THE SINS OF THE PAST

Written by:
Benjamin

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND THE SINS OF THE PAST

Written by:
Benjamin

Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sins of the Past...

Often, I am puzzled to why I have a Twitter account, the 'timeline' can provide funny and entertaining moments but these brief occasions of euphoria cannot stop my growing exhaustion with the application. Twitter was once fun, nowadays it has morphed into toxic cesspool of judgemental and rigid minded individuals that crave affirmation rather than new information...twitter is still a great news app though.
Last week, I came across some troubling news, one of my favorite directors of modern cinema was fired from one my favorite film franchises of all time, the Guardians of the Galaxy. I admit, i am not very familiar with James Gunn's other work, but i feel i don't need to because Guardians is a cinematic feat especially the first instalment. These movies offer me an incredible experience, the ultimate experience, as a young man that deals with anxiety and bouts of depression, these films are my medicine (not that mental illness is a disease). Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a movie should be, a story of misfits/outcasts coming together to form a believable and relatable bond while defending the Galaxy from its many antagonists.
Guardians of the Galaxy is produced by the Disney Corporation, a family oriented media conglomerate that is custodian to some of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time including Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney have spent decades carefully crafting their brand to appeal to the whole family, basically anyone can enjoy their movies. With this in mind, its reasonable to suggest that every staff or actor associated with Disney production would be properly vetted and devoid of any harmful controversy.
On the 20th of July, Disney surprisingly fired James Gunn, for controversial tweets made between 2008 to 2012, the tweets in question are honestly disgusting, crude and not even funny, making light of pedophilia and child abuse, there is no reason for statements like these. According to several sources Disney were aware of these tweets before Gunn was hired and he apologised privately. These old tweets only came to light due to a targeted campaign by an alt-right online publication with the aim causing deserved public outrage, after a quick glimpse at their site, its clear they are uncomfortable with the growing liberalisation of Hollywood.
Gunn issued an apology on Twitter, stating in part, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”
Since Gunn's firing, I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness, consequences and growth as a person, I find myself reflecting on some of my past views on sexuality, religion and society and how they have changed over time, thinking back on how my current views on certain topics are completely different from my past self, some call this maturity, others say its change. In light of the sensitive nature of today's society, I am grateful i never shared these former views on any digital platform, knowing they may have come back to haunt me in the same way Gunn misguided views did.
Oscar Wilde once said, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future...",I live by these words. I'm trying to see people in parts, rather than a whole being. There are certainly evil people in this world that require proportionate and justiciable response, but the rest of us are just misguided souls looking for answers. it is for this reason, I want to be able to see faults as a part of the puzzle, not the whole story. This is not an easy task, it will require immense humility and an openness to understanding others and their motivations. People actually grow, develop as human beings, we deserve a second chance. I think we should always have that at the back of our minds...
I conclude my incoherent rambling by saying that, we should learn from Gunn's case and be careful of what we say publicly, and learn from your past sins or as a friend suggested, "aim for true freedom, create a situation where you can truly speak your mind knowing fully well you can deal with the consequences."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND THE SINS OF THE PAST

Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sins of the Past...

Often, I am puzzled to why I have a Twitter account, the 'timeline' can provide funny and entertaining moments but these brief occasions of euphoria cannot stop my growing exhaustion with the application. Twitter was once fun, nowadays it has morphed into toxic cesspool of judgemental and rigid minded individuals that crave affirmation rather than new information...twitter is still a great news app though.
Last week, I came across some troubling news, one of my favorite directors of modern cinema was fired from one my favorite film franchises of all time, the Guardians of the Galaxy. I admit, i am not very familiar with James Gunn's other work, but i feel i don't need to because Guardians is a cinematic feat especially the first instalment. These movies offer me an incredible experience, the ultimate experience, as a young man that deals with anxiety and bouts of depression, these films are my medicine (not that mental illness is a disease). Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a movie should be, a story of misfits/outcasts coming together to form a believable and relatable bond while defending the Galaxy from its many antagonists.
Guardians of the Galaxy is produced by the Disney Corporation, a family oriented media conglomerate that is custodian to some of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time including Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney have spent decades carefully crafting their brand to appeal to the whole family, basically anyone can enjoy their movies. With this in mind, its reasonable to suggest that every staff or actor associated with Disney production would be properly vetted and devoid of any harmful controversy.
On the 20th of July, Disney surprisingly fired James Gunn, for controversial tweets made between 2008 to 2012, the tweets in question are honestly disgusting, crude and not even funny, making light of pedophilia and child abuse, there is no reason for statements like these. According to several sources Disney were aware of these tweets before Gunn was hired and he apologised privately. These old tweets only came to light due to a targeted campaign by an alt-right online publication with the aim causing deserved public outrage, after a quick glimpse at their site, its clear they are uncomfortable with the growing liberalisation of Hollywood.
Gunn issued an apology on Twitter, stating in part, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”
Since Gunn's firing, I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness, consequences and growth as a person, I find myself reflecting on some of my past views on sexuality, religion and society and how they have changed over time, thinking back on how my current views on certain topics are completely different from my past self, some call this maturity, others say its change. In light of the sensitive nature of today's society, I am grateful i never shared these former views on any digital platform, knowing they may have come back to haunt me in the same way Gunn misguided views did.
Oscar Wilde once said, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future...",I live by these words. I'm trying to see people in parts, rather than a whole being. There are certainly evil people in this world that require proportionate and justiciable response, but the rest of us are just misguided souls looking for answers. it is for this reason, I want to be able to see faults as a part of the puzzle, not the whole story. This is not an easy task, it will require immense humility and an openness to understanding others and their motivations. People actually grow, develop as human beings, we deserve a second chance. I think we should always have that at the back of our minds...
I conclude my incoherent rambling by saying that, we should learn from Gunn's case and be careful of what we say publicly, and learn from your past sins or as a friend suggested, "aim for true freedom, create a situation where you can truly speak your mind knowing fully well you can deal with the consequences."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND THE SINS OF THE PAST

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Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sins of the Past...

Often, I am puzzled to why I have a Twitter account, the 'timeline' can provide funny and entertaining moments but these brief occasions of euphoria cannot stop my growing exhaustion with the application. Twitter was once fun, nowadays it has morphed into toxic cesspool of judgemental and rigid minded individuals that crave affirmation rather than new information...twitter is still a great news app though.
Last week, I came across some troubling news, one of my favorite directors of modern cinema was fired from one my favorite film franchises of all time, the Guardians of the Galaxy. I admit, i am not very familiar with James Gunn's other work, but i feel i don't need to because Guardians is a cinematic feat especially the first instalment. These movies offer me an incredible experience, the ultimate experience, as a young man that deals with anxiety and bouts of depression, these films are my medicine (not that mental illness is a disease). Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a movie should be, a story of misfits/outcasts coming together to form a believable and relatable bond while defending the Galaxy from its many antagonists.
Guardians of the Galaxy is produced by the Disney Corporation, a family oriented media conglomerate that is custodian to some of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time including Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney have spent decades carefully crafting their brand to appeal to the whole family, basically anyone can enjoy their movies. With this in mind, its reasonable to suggest that every staff or actor associated with Disney production would be properly vetted and devoid of any harmful controversy.
On the 20th of July, Disney surprisingly fired James Gunn, for controversial tweets made between 2008 to 2012, the tweets in question are honestly disgusting, crude and not even funny, making light of pedophilia and child abuse, there is no reason for statements like these. According to several sources Disney were aware of these tweets before Gunn was hired and he apologised privately. These old tweets only came to light due to a targeted campaign by an alt-right online publication with the aim causing deserved public outrage, after a quick glimpse at their site, its clear they are uncomfortable with the growing liberalisation of Hollywood.
Gunn issued an apology on Twitter, stating in part, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”
Since Gunn's firing, I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness, consequences and growth as a person, I find myself reflecting on some of my past views on sexuality, religion and society and how they have changed over time, thinking back on how my current views on certain topics are completely different from my past self, some call this maturity, others say its change. In light of the sensitive nature of today's society, I am grateful i never shared these former views on any digital platform, knowing they may have come back to haunt me in the same way Gunn misguided views did.
Oscar Wilde once said, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future...",I live by these words. I'm trying to see people in parts, rather than a whole being. There are certainly evil people in this world that require proportionate and justiciable response, but the rest of us are just misguided souls looking for answers. it is for this reason, I want to be able to see faults as a part of the puzzle, not the whole story. This is not an easy task, it will require immense humility and an openness to understanding others and their motivations. People actually grow, develop as human beings, we deserve a second chance. I think we should always have that at the back of our minds...
I conclude my incoherent rambling by saying that, we should learn from Gunn's case and be careful of what we say publicly, and learn from your past sins or as a friend suggested, "aim for true freedom, create a situation where you can truly speak your mind knowing fully well you can deal with the consequences."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND THE SINS OF THE PAST

Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sins of the Past...

Often, I am puzzled to why I have a Twitter account, the 'timeline' can provide funny and entertaining moments but these brief occasions of euphoria cannot stop my growing exhaustion with the application. Twitter was once fun, nowadays it has morphed into toxic cesspool of judgemental and rigid minded individuals that crave affirmation rather than new information...twitter is still a great news app though.
Last week, I came across some troubling news, one of my favorite directors of modern cinema was fired from one my favorite film franchises of all time, the Guardians of the Galaxy. I admit, i am not very familiar with James Gunn's other work, but i feel i don't need to because Guardians is a cinematic feat especially the first instalment. These movies offer me an incredible experience, the ultimate experience, as a young man that deals with anxiety and bouts of depression, these films are my medicine (not that mental illness is a disease). Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a movie should be, a story of misfits/outcasts coming together to form a believable and relatable bond while defending the Galaxy from its many antagonists.
Guardians of the Galaxy is produced by the Disney Corporation, a family oriented media conglomerate that is custodian to some of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time including Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney have spent decades carefully crafting their brand to appeal to the whole family, basically anyone can enjoy their movies. With this in mind, its reasonable to suggest that every staff or actor associated with Disney production would be properly vetted and devoid of any harmful controversy.
On the 20th of July, Disney surprisingly fired James Gunn, for controversial tweets made between 2008 to 2012, the tweets in question are honestly disgusting, crude and not even funny, making light of pedophilia and child abuse, there is no reason for statements like these. According to several sources Disney were aware of these tweets before Gunn was hired and he apologised privately. These old tweets only came to light due to a targeted campaign by an alt-right online publication with the aim causing deserved public outrage, after a quick glimpse at their site, its clear they are uncomfortable with the growing liberalisation of Hollywood.
Gunn issued an apology on Twitter, stating in part, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”
Since Gunn's firing, I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness, consequences and growth as a person, I find myself reflecting on some of my past views on sexuality, religion and society and how they have changed over time, thinking back on how my current views on certain topics are completely different from my past self, some call this maturity, others say its change. In light of the sensitive nature of today's society, I am grateful i never shared these former views on any digital platform, knowing they may have come back to haunt me in the same way Gunn misguided views did.
Oscar Wilde once said, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future...",I live by these words. I'm trying to see people in parts, rather than a whole being. There are certainly evil people in this world that require proportionate and justiciable response, but the rest of us are just misguided souls looking for answers. it is for this reason, I want to be able to see faults as a part of the puzzle, not the whole story. This is not an easy task, it will require immense humility and an openness to understanding others and their motivations. People actually grow, develop as human beings, we deserve a second chance. I think we should always have that at the back of our minds...
I conclude my incoherent rambling by saying that, we should learn from Gunn's case and be careful of what we say publicly, and learn from your past sins or as a friend suggested, "aim for true freedom, create a situation where you can truly speak your mind knowing fully well you can deal with the consequences."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND THE SINS OF THE PAST

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Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sins of the Past...

Often, I am puzzled to why I have a Twitter account, the 'timeline' can provide funny and entertaining moments but these brief occasions of euphoria cannot stop my growing exhaustion with the application. Twitter was once fun, nowadays it has morphed into toxic cesspool of judgemental and rigid minded individuals that crave affirmation rather than new information...twitter is still a great news app though.
Last week, I came across some troubling news, one of my favorite directors of modern cinema was fired from one my favorite film franchises of all time, the Guardians of the Galaxy. I admit, i am not very familiar with James Gunn's other work, but i feel i don't need to because Guardians is a cinematic feat especially the first instalment. These movies offer me an incredible experience, the ultimate experience, as a young man that deals with anxiety and bouts of depression, these films are my medicine (not that mental illness is a disease). Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a movie should be, a story of misfits/outcasts coming together to form a believable and relatable bond while defending the Galaxy from its many antagonists.
Guardians of the Galaxy is produced by the Disney Corporation, a family oriented media conglomerate that is custodian to some of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time including Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney have spent decades carefully crafting their brand to appeal to the whole family, basically anyone can enjoy their movies. With this in mind, its reasonable to suggest that every staff or actor associated with Disney production would be properly vetted and devoid of any harmful controversy.
On the 20th of July, Disney surprisingly fired James Gunn, for controversial tweets made between 2008 to 2012, the tweets in question are honestly disgusting, crude and not even funny, making light of pedophilia and child abuse, there is no reason for statements like these. According to several sources Disney were aware of these tweets before Gunn was hired and he apologised privately. These old tweets only came to light due to a targeted campaign by an alt-right online publication with the aim causing deserved public outrage, after a quick glimpse at their site, its clear they are uncomfortable with the growing liberalisation of Hollywood.
Gunn issued an apology on Twitter, stating in part, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”
Since Gunn's firing, I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness, consequences and growth as a person, I find myself reflecting on some of my past views on sexuality, religion and society and how they have changed over time, thinking back on how my current views on certain topics are completely different from my past self, some call this maturity, others say its change. In light of the sensitive nature of today's society, I am grateful i never shared these former views on any digital platform, knowing they may have come back to haunt me in the same way Gunn misguided views did.
Oscar Wilde once said, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future...",I live by these words. I'm trying to see people in parts, rather than a whole being. There are certainly evil people in this world that require proportionate and justiciable response, but the rest of us are just misguided souls looking for answers. it is for this reason, I want to be able to see faults as a part of the puzzle, not the whole story. This is not an easy task, it will require immense humility and an openness to understanding others and their motivations. People actually grow, develop as human beings, we deserve a second chance. I think we should always have that at the back of our minds...
I conclude my incoherent rambling by saying that, we should learn from Gunn's case and be careful of what we say publicly, and learn from your past sins or as a friend suggested, "aim for true freedom, create a situation where you can truly speak your mind knowing fully well you can deal with the consequences."
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Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sins of the Past...

Often, I am puzzled to why I have a Twitter account, the 'timeline' can provide funny and entertaining moments but these brief occasions of euphoria cannot stop my growing exhaustion with the application. Twitter was once fun, nowadays it has morphed into toxic cesspool of judgemental and rigid minded individuals that crave affirmation rather than new information...twitter is still a great news app though.
Last week, I came across some troubling news, one of my favorite directors of modern cinema was fired from one my favorite film franchises of all time, the Guardians of the Galaxy. I admit, i am not very familiar with James Gunn's other work, but i feel i don't need to because Guardians is a cinematic feat especially the first instalment. These movies offer me an incredible experience, the ultimate experience, as a young man that deals with anxiety and bouts of depression, these films are my medicine (not that mental illness is a disease). Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a movie should be, a story of misfits/outcasts coming together to form a believable and relatable bond while defending the Galaxy from its many antagonists.
Guardians of the Galaxy is produced by the Disney Corporation, a family oriented media conglomerate that is custodian to some of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time including Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney have spent decades carefully crafting their brand to appeal to the whole family, basically anyone can enjoy their movies. With this in mind, its reasonable to suggest that every staff or actor associated with Disney production would be properly vetted and devoid of any harmful controversy.
On the 20th of July, Disney surprisingly fired James Gunn, for controversial tweets made between 2008 to 2012, the tweets in question are honestly disgusting, crude and not even funny, making light of pedophilia and child abuse, there is no reason for statements like these. According to several sources Disney were aware of these tweets before Gunn was hired and he apologised privately. These old tweets only came to light due to a targeted campaign by an alt-right online publication with the aim causing deserved public outrage, after a quick glimpse at their site, its clear they are uncomfortable with the growing liberalisation of Hollywood.
Gunn issued an apology on Twitter, stating in part, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”
Since Gunn's firing, I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness, consequences and growth as a person, I find myself reflecting on some of my past views on sexuality, religion and society and how they have changed over time, thinking back on how my current views on certain topics are completely different from my past self, some call this maturity, others say its change. In light of the sensitive nature of today's society, I am grateful i never shared these former views on any digital platform, knowing they may have come back to haunt me in the same way Gunn misguided views did.
Oscar Wilde once said, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future...",I live by these words. I'm trying to see people in parts, rather than a whole being. There are certainly evil people in this world that require proportionate and justiciable response, but the rest of us are just misguided souls looking for answers. it is for this reason, I want to be able to see faults as a part of the puzzle, not the whole story. This is not an easy task, it will require immense humility and an openness to understanding others and their motivations. People actually grow, develop as human beings, we deserve a second chance. I think we should always have that at the back of our minds...
I conclude my incoherent rambling by saying that, we should learn from Gunn's case and be careful of what we say publicly, and learn from your past sins or as a friend suggested, "aim for true freedom, create a situation where you can truly speak your mind knowing fully well you can deal with the consequences."

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND THE SINS OF THE PAST

Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sins of the Past...

Often, I am puzzled to why I have a Twitter account, the 'timeline' can provide funny and entertaining moments but these brief occasions of euphoria cannot stop my growing exhaustion with the application. Twitter was once fun, nowadays it has morphed into toxic cesspool of judgemental and rigid minded individuals that crave affirmation rather than new information...twitter is still a great news app though.
Last week, I came across some troubling news, one of my favorite directors of modern cinema was fired from one my favorite film franchises of all time, the Guardians of the Galaxy. I admit, i am not very familiar with James Gunn's other work, but i feel i don't need to because Guardians is a cinematic feat especially the first instalment. These movies offer me an incredible experience, the ultimate experience, as a young man that deals with anxiety and bouts of depression, these films are my medicine (not that mental illness is a disease). Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a movie should be, a story of misfits/outcasts coming together to form a believable and relatable bond while defending the Galaxy from its many antagonists.
Guardians of the Galaxy is produced by the Disney Corporation, a family oriented media conglomerate that is custodian to some of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time including Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney have spent decades carefully crafting their brand to appeal to the whole family, basically anyone can enjoy their movies. With this in mind, its reasonable to suggest that every staff or actor associated with Disney production would be properly vetted and devoid of any harmful controversy.
On the 20th of July, Disney surprisingly fired James Gunn, for controversial tweets made between 2008 to 2012, the tweets in question are honestly disgusting, crude and not even funny, making light of pedophilia and child abuse, there is no reason for statements like these. According to several sources Disney were aware of these tweets before Gunn was hired and he apologised privately. These old tweets only came to light due to a targeted campaign by an alt-right online publication with the aim causing deserved public outrage, after a quick glimpse at their site, its clear they are uncomfortable with the growing liberalisation of Hollywood.
Gunn issued an apology on Twitter, stating in part, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”
Since Gunn's firing, I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness, consequences and growth as a person, I find myself reflecting on some of my past views on sexuality, religion and society and how they have changed over time, thinking back on how my current views on certain topics are completely different from my past self, some call this maturity, others say its change. In light of the sensitive nature of today's society, I am grateful i never shared these former views on any digital platform, knowing they may have come back to haunt me in the same way Gunn misguided views did.
Oscar Wilde once said, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future...",I live by these words. I'm trying to see people in parts, rather than a whole being. There are certainly evil people in this world that require proportionate and justiciable response, but the rest of us are just misguided souls looking for answers. it is for this reason, I want to be able to see faults as a part of the puzzle, not the whole story. This is not an easy task, it will require immense humility and an openness to understanding others and their motivations. People actually grow, develop as human beings, we deserve a second chance. I think we should always have that at the back of our minds...
I conclude my incoherent rambling by saying that, we should learn from Gunn's case and be careful of what we say publicly, and learn from your past sins or as a friend suggested, "aim for true freedom, create a situation where you can truly speak your mind knowing fully well you can deal with the consequences."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND THE SINS OF THE PAST

Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sins of the Past...

Often, I am puzzled to why I have a Twitter account, the 'timeline' can provide funny and entertaining moments but these brief occasions of euphoria cannot stop my growing exhaustion with the application. Twitter was once fun, nowadays it has morphed into toxic cesspool of judgemental and rigid minded individuals that crave affirmation rather than new information...twitter is still a great news app though.
Last week, I came across some troubling news, one of my favorite directors of modern cinema was fired from one my favorite film franchises of all time, the Guardians of the Galaxy. I admit, i am not very familiar with James Gunn's other work, but i feel i don't need to because Guardians is a cinematic feat especially the first instalment. These movies offer me an incredible experience, the ultimate experience, as a young man that deals with anxiety and bouts of depression, these films are my medicine (not that mental illness is a disease). Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a movie should be, a story of misfits/outcasts coming together to form a believable and relatable bond while defending the Galaxy from its many antagonists.
Guardians of the Galaxy is produced by the Disney Corporation, a family oriented media conglomerate that is custodian to some of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time including Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney have spent decades carefully crafting their brand to appeal to the whole family, basically anyone can enjoy their movies. With this in mind, its reasonable to suggest that every staff or actor associated with Disney production would be properly vetted and devoid of any harmful controversy.
On the 20th of July, Disney surprisingly fired James Gunn, for controversial tweets made between 2008 to 2012, the tweets in question are honestly disgusting, crude and not even funny, making light of pedophilia and child abuse, there is no reason for statements like these. According to several sources Disney were aware of these tweets before Gunn was hired and he apologised privately. These old tweets only came to light due to a targeted campaign by an alt-right online publication with the aim causing deserved public outrage, after a quick glimpse at their site, its clear they are uncomfortable with the growing liberalisation of Hollywood.
Gunn issued an apology on Twitter, stating in part, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”
Since Gunn's firing, I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness, consequences and growth as a person, I find myself reflecting on some of my past views on sexuality, religion and society and how they have changed over time, thinking back on how my current views on certain topics are completely different from my past self, some call this maturity, others say its change. In light of the sensitive nature of today's society, I am grateful i never shared these former views on any digital platform, knowing they may have come back to haunt me in the same way Gunn misguided views did.
Oscar Wilde once said, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future...",I live by these words. I'm trying to see people in parts, rather than a whole being. There are certainly evil people in this world that require proportionate and justiciable response, but the rest of us are just misguided souls looking for answers. it is for this reason, I want to be able to see faults as a part of the puzzle, not the whole story. This is not an easy task, it will require immense humility and an openness to understanding others and their motivations. People actually grow, develop as human beings, we deserve a second chance. I think we should always have that at the back of our minds...
I conclude my incoherent rambling by saying that, we should learn from Gunn's case and be careful of what we say publicly, and learn from your past sins or as a friend suggested, "aim for true freedom, create a situation where you can truly speak your mind knowing fully well you can deal with the consequences."

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