Since Disney fired James Gunn following the resurfacing of old tweets that were dug up by right-wing conspiracy theorists, many other celebrities have come under fire by the same individuals digging up their old tweets as well. In a proactive move, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has deleted roughly 20,000 of his old tweets.
Many possibilities could be behind the deletion including the possibility of Disney ordering the deletion, a possibility that The Mary Sue contemplated in an article, but Johnson has come forward to dispell that notion. Responding to The Mary Sue’s post on Twitter, Johnson clarified that no one at Disney told him to delete Tweets but he chose to do it himself.
It makes sense that Johnson might want to proactively protect his Twitter account in a way because he’s no stranger to dealing with the attacks of internet trolls. Since the debut of his Star Wars film the director has dealt with a siege of angry fanboys that hate the film as they feel it ruined the trilogy, some that are claiming to be working to re-shoot the thing themselves and even death threats.
Johnson though hasn’t let this slow him down when it comes to interacting with people on social media, and it isn’t stopping the fact that he has his very own away from the Skywalker saga films Star Wars trilogy on the way in the next few years.
As more and more individuals find their Twitter feeds coming under fire, for either right or wrong reasons, this very well could become a trend where creatives scour their Twitters and delete anything that might even cause some to be offended. One of the great joys of social media is being able to interact with people including those that are creators of content you love. If creatives become too afraid to interact on Twitter because of people that don’t like them trying to destroy them, we all end up losing out on not only being able to interact with them but on being able to freely speak through our own accounts.
Gunn’s firing by Disney has led to the creation of a petition that has been signed by over a quarter of a million already on its way towards a goal of 500,000 signatures, and many of Gunn’s cast/friends from the Guardian of the Galaxy films have shown their support including his long-time friend and collaborator Michael Rooker quitting Twitter because of the new spotlight that is being put on Tweets.