A few days ago, the director for Marvel's upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn, found himself in trouble over a poll he'd written that included comments that some felt were both sexist and homophobic. Some felt he should apologize, while others felt he'd done nothing wrong. Gunn ultimately opted to acquiesce.
The controversy, which began on Tumblr and quickly spread across several blogs (including this one), revolved around a poll of 50 superheroes people would mostly likely want to have sex with. Gunn made a number of lewd and explicit comments about the women on the list and a few questionably homophobic remarks about the men. Depending upon whom you asked, Gunn was either a misogynistic homophobe who should be fired or a misunderstood genius who was merely being satirical.
With little in the way of middle ground on the subject, it wasn't surprising that it took some time for Gunn to formulate a response. After GLAAD reached out to him, however, his course, it seems, was clear: He apologized.
A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don't think it's funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many. I'm sorry and regret making them at all. People who are familiar with me as evidenced by my Facebook page and other mediums know that I'm an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said. We're all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us. I'm learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all
We won't judge the sincerity of the apology other than to say we think it was a wise decision to issue one. But maybe that's just us. What do you think? Sound off!