Selma Blair quits Twitter in support of Guardians director James Gunn

in life •  6 months ago

Twitter just lost another one.

Actress Selma Blair has quit the social network in solidarity with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, according to Deadline:

“So long. You can find me on Instagram. #Istandwithjamesgunn

— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) July 28, 2018”

The tweet — and the Hellboy actress’ entire account — has since been deleted.

The move comes on the heels of a backlash against Disney for caving into a right-wing fringe campaign to get Gunn canned from the hit Marvel franchise’s third film due to a slew of grotesque shock jokes he tweeted nearly a decade ago. The move may not have worked out the way the studio expected, however, as 330,000 fans have signed a petition to rehire him, and columnists for sites like Vulture and THR have posted essays condemning the move as an anti-creative overstep that sends the wrong message.

Some members of the film franchise’ cast have also criticized the move, particularly Dave Bautista, who most recently threw out this ultra shade:

I think today I’ll find a good person who spreads the message of Misfit,Child,Female Empowerment and ruin his life. Fuck it! I’ll go ahead and empower some fascists while Im at it! DISCLAIMER FOR MORONS AND FUTURE VIEWS: Im JOKING!

— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 27, 2018

Also, Chris McKay, director of The LEGO Batman Movie, deleted his Twitter account — though didn’t give a reason why, so it’s not at all clear if his move has anything to do with the Gunn controversy.

Twitter — along with Facebook — has been facing challenges balancing open access and free speech with maintaining an environment that isn’t a raging tire fire of misinformation and toxic behavior. Both social platforms have taken hits to their stock value recently amid softer-than-expected usage numbers — on Friday, Twitter reported losing 1 million users in its second quarter.

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