Provocative tweets written by ‘Guardian Of The Galaxy’ director in 2008-2009, on topics such as pedophilia, rape, and his publicly known derision of President Trump cost James Gunn his job this year.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn issued a statement this afternoon (July 20) in which he deemed Gunn’s decade-old Tweets indefensible. “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” read the press release.

Gunn filed a response of his own towards a general audience. Considering the damage had already been dealt, the veteran filmmaker felt little need to distance himself from his “problematic” ideologies or his conduct as a person of influence. His statement read:

“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”

“It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”