James Gunn Apologizes For Insinuating Batgirl Is A Slut

Friday, November 30 by
 

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn found himself the subject of unexpected uproar yesterday when a blog post he wrote two years ago was suddenly decried online. Intended as satire, Gunn listed “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With: 2nd Annual Poll Results!” In the post, he critiqued the sexuality and life choices of several characters. For X-Men’s Gambit, he wrote, “My girlfriend voted for this Cajun fruit,” and, “The idea of my balls slapping against Gambit’s makes me sick to my stomach.” For Batgirl, he wrote: “Being a teen mom and all, you know she’s easy.” The most controversy came from his comments about the lesbian character Batwoman: “I’m hoping for a Marvel-DC crossover so that Tony Stark can ‘turn’ her.”

Now that people are all mad about it, Gunn has apologized for his insensitive comments about the fictional characters by sending the below statement to GLAAD.

“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.”

The apology seems pretty heartfelt. Hopefully he hasn’t turned too many people off with the hurtful comments, and things won’t be awkward when he sees Batwoman in public.

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