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Last week, beloved Guardians of the Galaxy franchise writer-director James Gunn was summarily dismissed from his position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after a series of decade-old tweets surfaced in which the auteur made several really, really terrible jokes. This isn’t the first time that Gunn’s former stupidity has bubbled to the surface, and it’s not the first time he’s apologized for it.

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Of course, that didn’t stop Disney from canning Gunn when the possibility of controversy arose once more. Gunn issued a brief, but sincere apology in the wake of the dismissal, writing:

Since then, it’s been radio silence from the director. As the scandal surrounding Gunn’s firing escalates to monumental proportions, the series’ stars have taken to social media to stick up for their departed director. If there ever was a testament to Gunn’s transformation over the years since he made those awful jokes, it’s in the enthusiastic nature with which his cast rushed to his defense.

Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, called Gunn “one of the most loving, caring, good-natured people” he’s ever met.

Series star Chriss Pratt (aka, Star-Lord) offered a token of Christian wisdom on the matter.

Zoe Saldana measured her response, but the sentiment was unmistakable when the actor wrote, “I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.”

Yondu Udanta’s Michael Rooker was so irritated with the dismissal that he simply left Twitter, thanking his fans and quipping, “See you on Instagram.”

While the odds are more than good that Gunn won’t be finding his way back to a post within Disney any time soon, it’s refreshing to see the creative talent who worked alongside Gunn speak out about the injustice.

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