Guardian of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, apologizes for sexy superhero poll

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So James Gunn posted a sexy superhero poll in early 2011 that had many people calling foul because they think his comments are homophobic and sexist. Well, what can one expect from a poll that’s titled “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With.” It didn’t become widespread until a Tumblr page revealed some of his lewd and explicit comments, and it quickly spread through other sites afterwards. For each superheroine and hero, he had a caption for each. Below are some examples:

  • On Wonder Woman – “It seems like many guys out there are hoping she’ll lasso their penises and make them tell the truth.”
  • On Catwoman – “This supervillain turned anti-hero has been making my penis feel funny since I was four years old and saw Julie Newmar playing her on TV.”
  • On Gambit – “My girlfriend voted for this Cajun fruit.”
  • On White Queen – “For those men who love rude bitches, the White Queen is number one.”
  • On Black Widow – “Natasha Romanova is the highest debut on the list, and, considering she’s f****** half the men in the Marvel Universe, it’s much deserved.”
  • On Elektra – “Maybe she’s like carrying one of those little mini-fans, only a mini-fan who will give you a really terrific, Ninja-trained blow job.”

Because of these comments, you can bet that there would be offended people. Even though his post is now taken down, thanks to the power of Google cached, you can read the recent comments of people trashing him. Now James Gunn had two options, let it be or apologize for his actions. He chose the latter.

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 looks sincere enough. Do you think he went out of hand with his attempt at a funny post?

Via GLAAD

John “Spartan” Nguyen

John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.

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  • James Campbell

    It’s not out of hand. If people don’t like it they don’t have to read it. People need to get a sense of humor…

  • http://twitter.com/Gen_Geek_Girl Genevieve LeBlanc

    It takes a strong character to admit one’s faults as plainly as Gunn has done here. I applaud him for taking the time and realizing that he has made a mistake. It reminds me of when That Guy with the Glasses’ Kyle Kalgreen posted a commentary of one of his older reviews that he was utterly ashamed of. You could really hear how him comments pained him now, though he thought they were funny at the time. I’ve always held him in high esteem for that. Sometimes, in retrospect, people become aware of the truly shitty things they have done. This creates cognitive dissonance; we don’t like to think of ourselves as bad people. In responce to this, most people bury the event and refuse to acknowledge it. However, the bravest admit thier folly and move on. Gunn has reassured himself of his goodness in making this apology; and, frankly, he deserves it.

    Though it admittedly isnt hard to see how those comments are not at all funny. They’re just awkward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/FearHimself Michael Jean-Francois

    I love how he’s talking about made up characters, made of ink, and dots…. And he’s a sexist, blah, blah, blah…. LoL. How dare he speak ill of Ms. Celina Kyle. What if her children were created, made of age, then drawn what this man said in their dc universe tumblr? What then?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lalo.lomeli1 Lalo Lomeli

    It isn’t funny, but as the apology says his works, his movies and such have never reflected any kind of chauvinism or sexism, I see the poll more like a meta-commentary of how people refer to superheroines, obviousy a badly ejecuted one; having said that, in a medium were Woman are constantly rejected, mocked, (See the outrage for the Fake Nerd girl thing), one can’t be making subtle meta-commentary like this, or, like it happened, can be mistake by truth, because this is an unspoken truth in the medium

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