Disney firing filmmaker James Gunn sets a dangerous precedent that rewards politically-motivated social media smear campaigns, infers Andrew Todd of Birth Movies Death. Gunn was a target of alt-right Twitter users that used the force of the #MeToo movement to topple him for his political stances, such as criticism of Trump. While Gunn’s comments were despicable, everything indicates that he highly regrets them and has grown since writing them. The alt-right smear campaigns involve digging up dirt and even spreading false rumors on the internet to pressure employees to fire certain individuals. Firing Gunn shows that this behavior works.
While the people that spread James Gunn’s closed-minded tweets had motives besides enforcing justice, he deserved to be fired for the things he wrote, believes Sarah Joy Curtis of The Odyssey Online. A company like Disney that caters to families and children could not go on employing a man who made so many jokes about pedophilia. Doing so was incredibly tasteless and Gunn has only himself to blame. However, Mike Cernovich, who orchestrated the smear campaign, should be looked into for sexist tweets as well. Everyone that spreads ideas that hurt women needs to be held accountable, even when they were the targets of smear campaigns.