“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn penned an emotional message on sexual predators in Hollywood and the world.
On Monday, he wrote a Facebook post sharing a story from his weekend with three close female friends. Following the news of Harvey Weinstein’s recent sexual abuse allegations, they had a conversation about how many times they’ve been sexually harassed in their lives. Gunn said he was horrified to hear how frequent their stories seemed — and how casual their conversation appeared.
“As we’ve discovered lately with the numerous sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, and Bill O’Reilly, sexual predators have no political affiliation,” Gunn wrote. “They are Republicans, Democrats, Communists, Nazis, Green Party, Whigs, and whatever-the-hell-else is out there. But they also know no status or occupation.”
Gunn also referenced a tweet he wrote Sunday, where he received responses concluding sexual predators were a terrible problem for Hollywood. However, he asserted the problem extended far beyond the entertainment industry.
“Sexual predation is rife in Hollywood. But it’s also rife EVERYWHERE,” he said. “As evinced by the stories I heard Friday night, some men — probably a much larger percentage than any of us want to be true — try to coerce women (or children or other men) sexually, and they will try and do so when they get any small amount of power. They are movie stars and network heads and world famous bloggers – but they are also fast food restaurant managers and used car salesmen and, as I learned as a child (and tried to speak out and was shut down), priests.”
And it’s not just victims who are affected, Gunn mentioned. “They are EVERYWHERE. And, they are killing us. When someone is coerced sexually it not only affects that person, but the lives of those around that person, like rows of dominoes falling in every direction. It demolishes trust and comfort in all of society. And evil men are doing this everywhere, every day, in every occupation, and every type of household, all over the world.
He concluded his post optimistically writing, “I am hoping with recent truths coming to light, that their reign is coming to an end, in Hollywood, and everywhere. I promise to do everything I personally can to stop it, and I applaud and have deep love for every human being who breaks the silence.”