…by Jonas E. Alexis
James Gunn, director of the Guardian of the Galaxy saga, has been fired by Disney because someone has recently published his old tweets in which he contemplates on things like pedophilia and rape. These tweets obviously suggest that Gunn was onto something.
For example, he tweeted: “I like when little boys touch me in my silly place.” You ain’t seen nothing yet. Gunn expanded and expounded on his thesis saying: “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!’”
Deadline magazine itself declared that “Yet another described a monkey masturbating on a young child, and his commentary that it made him “extremely happy.” These missives were not funny and entirely disturbing, given a preoccupation with fetishing underage boys. That left him a sitting duck for his retroactive social media commentary.”
Gunn indeed apologized for these tweets, and given the ideological foundation upon which the #MeToo movement is based, one would think that #MeToo apologists would universally condemn Gunn for his reckless tweets. Interestingly enough, Gunn found comfort in the arms of Selma Blair, the same actress who actually accused director James Toback of sexual harassment. Blair, whose Hebrew name is Bat-Sheva, said:
“If people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving? This man is one of the good ones.”
We all should agree with Blair here. But why does that work only for Gunn and not Toback and others? Didn’t Toback ask for forgiveness as well? And so if a person asks for forgiveness and moves on, does that absolve his misdeeds? And if that is so, what in the world is the #MeToo movement about? Why did they want to corner Harvey Weinstein?
Here is the rob: “Blair also linked to a Change.org petition that has over 80,000 signatures asking Disney to reinstate Gunn as the director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.’” Why doesn’t she want to reinstate Toback and others? Why the double standard?
What we are seeing again and again is that the #MeToo movement lacks moral rigor and is therefore melting in the heat of its own contradiction.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.