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Thousands of people want James Gunn to come back for Guardians 3
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, filmmaker James Gunn arrives at the 9th annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Gunn has been fired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 because of old tweets that recently emerged where he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said in a statement Friday, July 20, 2018, that the tweets are indefensible, and the studio has severed ties with Gunn. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) - photo by Herb Scribner
Thousands of fans across the nation have signed petitions saying they dont want a new director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The petitions began this week after Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired after social media users connected to a far-right fringe movement found old tweets and blog posts from Gunn that included shocking jokes.

Gunn had recently used his Twitter account to criticize President Donald Trump. Right-wing activist Mike Cernovich noticed the criticism and encouraged his followers to show Disney and Marvel screenshots of perverse jokes about molestation and other taboo subjects that Gunn had made over the years, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Disney fired Gunn immediately Friday.

The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studios values, and we have severed our business relationship with him, Walt Disney Company Chairman Alan Horn said in a statement Friday afternoon, according to EW.

But fans dont want to see the director fired. One petition reached 150,000 signatures. Another 50,000-strong have signed an online petition for Walt Disney Company to rehire Guardians of the Galaxy Gunn.

Gunn has received support from outside petitions, too. Actress Selma Blair said on social media that Gunn should be rehired.

And Michael Rooker, who played outlaw Yondu Udonta in the first two Guardians movies, said he was leaving the movie because Gunn was fired.

Fellow star Zoe Saldana (Gamora), meanwhile, said shes going to reflect on what happened before deciding anything.

Chris Pratt tweeted out a Bible verse in support of Gunn.

Gunns brother, Sean Gunn, said the films helped make his brother a better person, according to Yahoo.

Working on these movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too, Sean Gunn said. Im proud of that.