James Gunn Fires Back After Homophobic, Pro-Pedophilia Tweets Surface — Critics Target His Comic Con Panel

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Director James Gunn took some heat Thursday after The Daily Caller News Foundation revealed that he had blogged and tweeted — and then deleted — a number of statements that appeared to be homophobic, racist and even pro-pedophilia.

Gunn tweeted his explanation and apology late Thursday evening.

Claiming that he has grown over time and doesn’t make that type of offensive joke anymore, Gunn said that he no longer feels like saying something “just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction” is an acceptable way to express himself. (RELATED: After Attacking Conservatives, Disney Filmmaker’s Tweets Reveal Racism, Homophobia And Assault Against Children)

However, the timing of this particular situation could prove to be problematic for Gunn — and for Marvel and Disney, respectively. Gunn is scheduled to appear at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, and questions abound as to how that could pan out.

Gunn is expected to reveal an upcoming project during his appearance.

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