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Selma Blair signs petition demanding that Disney rehire ousted director James Gunn

Selma Blair, right, wants James Gunn he.

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Actress Selma Blair signed and shared a petition Sunday demanding Disney rehire ousted “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn.

Gunn was fired Friday after a series of old tweets resurfaced, in which he joked about topics like pedophilia and rape. Gunn apologized for the tweets, says he “regrets them for many years, because not only because they were stupid, not funny at all, wild, insensitive, and certainly not provocative as I had hoped, but also because they are not a reflection of the person I am now or have been for some time.”

Blair took the opportunity to defend Gunn on Twitter Sunday.

“@JamesGunn thank you for your talent, your modesty and your evolution as a human being. You propped me up when I was in a scary place, and guided me to the good and right thing to do. You have a strong character, more than most anyone I know. You understand,” she wrote.

@JamesGunn thank you for your talent, your modesty and your evolution as a human being. You propped me up when I was in a scary place, and guided me to the good and right thing to do. You have a strong character, more than most anyone I know. You understood https://t.co/9kSf8Z1dP1

— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) July 22, 2018

Blair then urged her followers to sign a petition demanding that Disney rehire Gunn.

“Because if people are being punished, in spite of the change is, what is that teaching people about the possession of errors and evolve? This man is one of the good ones.”

Marvel: RE-HIRE JAMES GUNN – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/JeVbFZkQLL via @Change. Because if people are being punished, in spite of the change is, what is that teaching people about the possession of errors and evolve? This man is one of the good ones.

— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) July 22, 2018

The petition produced more than 160,000 signatures by early Monday.

Blair was not the only celebrity to defend Gunn. “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista, who plays the character, Drax, came out in support of Gunn.

“I will have more to say, but for now all I want to say is this,” Bautista wrote. “@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good friendly people I have ever met. He is gentle and kind and gives a lot to people and animals. He made mistakes. We have it all. Im (sic) NOT in order with what happens to him.”

I will have more to say, but for now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good friendly people I have ever met. He is gentle and kind and gives a lot to people and animals. He made mistakes. We have it all. Im NOT ok with what happens to him

— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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