Last week Disney took a very big decision of firing Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after dozens of old offensive tweets on controversial topics like pedophilia and rape resurrected. In response to Disney’s action, Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson took a precautionary step of deleting more than 20,000 tweets from his official Twitter account.
After Johnson’s act of cleaning up his tweet cache came into light earlier this week, many thought that he might have done it at the direction of Disney or Lucasfilm. But now, finally The Last Jedi director has come forward explaining the reason behind his move.
Johnson took to Twitter to explain that he deleted all the tweets to clean up the stuff he had written in the last nine years to make sure that they are not used as ammunition by trollers, which is a new normal today. He clarified that nobody had directed him to do so. Johnson said that he is pretty sure that he has never tweeted anything that bad that will ruin his image.
“No official directive at all, and I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that bad. But it’s nine years of stuff written largely off the cuff as ephemera, if trolls scrutinizing it for ammunition is the new normal, this seems like a ‘why not?’ move,” Johnson’s tweet read.
The Last Jedi director has always been an active Twitter user. He regularly engages with fans and followers about his upcoming projects. Johnson was subject to a lot of criticism from fans after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But despite getting trolled, he has always tried to keep his calm and has never engaged in putting out vulgar or offensive tweets.
Notably, Disney has signed Johnson to direct a completely new untitled Star Wars trilogy outside the Skywalker saga.
What do you think about Rian Johnson’s decision to delete his tweets? Let us know in the comments section below.
No official directive at all, and I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that bad. But it’s nine years of stuff written largely off the cuff as ephemera, if trolls scrutinizing it for ammunition is the new normal, this seems like a “why not?” move.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) July 25, 2018
Source: Rian Johnson
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