Hellboy's Selma Blair has expanded on her decision to support embattled director James Gunn.
Gunn was recently fired from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney after a selection of his years-old, controversial tweets were recirculated. Blair, who recently quit Twitter over Gunn's firing, explained her reasoning for supporting the director in an interview with TMZ.
“I think it’s a nuanced thing and I think nuance matters more than people think. I think each situation matters, and this was years ago and there was a time where jokes were jokes and I’m not defending jokes that offended people or not, but things are taken out of context and this just happens to be someone who I know his character. They were jokes. He didn’t actually commit any offenses.”
Blair echoed sentiments of other Gunn supporters, pointing out that while the tweets were offensive, they didn't seem to be grounds for firing. Blair also hinted at the fact that Gunn's firing was politically motivated.
“I’m not in the business of it all thinking a company would change its business practices by anything a nobody like me tweets, but support is just important. When you’re up against a mob mentality and there’s a wonderful mob that stands behind him and people like him, too -- so I hope we always have that balance in this country.”
That "wonderful mob" has quite a few supporters, including the entire cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, who recently released a joint statement in support of Gunn after a smear campaign saw right-wing agitators spam Disney with old tweets of Gunn's, which joked about, among other things, pedophilia.
Many celebrities have publicly defended Gunn. Blair herself credited Gunn with helping her come forward with her own story about sexual harassment at the hands of James Toback. A petition to have Disney rehire Gunn currently has over 364,000 signatures. You can find the petition here.
(via We Got This Covered)