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Twitter Reacts To Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Deleting 20,000 Tweets

Screenshot from, Star Wars: The Last Jedi featurette/ Lucasfilm

Twitter Reacts To Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Deleting 20,000 Tweets

Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson has reportedly deleted more than 20,000 tweets from his official Twitter account. Johnson’s move follows Disney’s firing of director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after his old vulgar and offensive tweets on controversial topics such as pedophilia and rape resurfaced last week.

The news first came into light when Youtube channel John Talks Star Wars noticed that a big number of Johnson’s tweets had disappeared from existence. They used screenshots to show the change in Star Wars director’s tweet numbers, which were over 22,000 at one point and currently sits at slightly more than 1,100.

You can check out the video below.

Johnson hasn’t yet stated a reason behind cleaning up his Twitter account, but the timing co-incidentally relates his decision to James Gunn’s firing by Disney for his tweets that were made years before any collaborative efforts. Notably, after The Last Jedi, Johnson was roped in by Disney again to direct a new untitled Star Wars trilogy outside the Skywalker saga.

While many have supported Disney’s decision in firing Gunn, a lot of fans and celebrities have come out in support of the director. The Guardians of the Galaxy cast members Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Sean Gunn, and Michael Rooker gave their own opinions on the matter on Twitter.

Actor Dave Bautista said he was very disappointed about Disney’s decision to fire Gunn. James Gunn’s brother Sean, who plays Kraglin and performs the on-set motion capture for Rocket Raccoon, posted a series of 10 tweets to show his love and support for his brother.

In fact, fans who loved James’ work in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, started a fan petition on calling out Disney to take back the decision and hire him again. At the time of writing, the petition has already got more than 281,399 signatures.

Do you think Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson decided to delete his tweets as a precautionary measure?  Let us know your views in the comments section below.

H/T: John Talks Star Wars




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