James Gunn: From Troma to the Toilet

In the past 24 hours, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2 director James Gunn has deleted more than 10 thousand (!!!!) tweets dating as far back as 2008.

The acclaimed director came under fire after directing his ire at conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro. Afterward, The Daily Caller did a deep-dive into Gunn’s tweets to discover what many of us long-time Tromites already knew: Gunn is a degenerate edgelord who has posted probably the most outrageous and offensive tweets of any A-list hollywood director ever. By a long shot.

Gunn’s provocative and offensive tweets range from jokes about the holocaust to many, many jokes about child-rape.

Gunn is now on the defensive, issuing a new series of tweets wherein he acknowledges his edgelord past but claims to be a changed and “grown” man. This supposed growth just so happens to coincide with the moment he started cashing checks from Marvel/Disney.

It’s unclear what the repercussions from this offensive tweet unearthing will be for the rising Hollywood star, but the situation could be addressed as early as today when Gunn is scheduled to appear at San Diego Comic-Con.

Update: He’s fired

Why do I care about Gunn’s social media drama other than as an amused onlooker watching another hard-leftist suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome fall to the very same outrage machine they helped to create?

Because I would have never made a film if it wasn’t for James Gunn.

I can’t state that more clearly. There would absolutely be no Hack Movies, no Cockhammer, no Nixon and Hogan without the influence of James Gunn.

His film Tromeo and Juliet helped inspire me to pick up a pen and start writing offensive horror/comedy movies and the book he co-wrote with Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman, All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger was the bible by which I lived in my earliest years making movies.

But my connection to James Gunn goes even deeper than that. He’s a fellow St. Louisan. And while we didn’t grow up in the same town or know each other, he is personal friends with people I lived down the street from and graduated high school with.

So you can say James Gunn was a hero to me in my early years. I cheered from afar after he moved on from Troma and landed a gig writing the live action Scooby-Doo movie and later the Dawn of the Dead remake.

I consider his indie film SUPER to be one of the best deconstructions of the super hero genre and, ironically, a cautionary tale about the same sort of vigilante justice that the far-left advocates in ANTIFA.

His early foray into the social media world with the bizarre and amazing short films with his brother Sean, Humanzee! and the PG porn series are hilarious. I also consider the Guardians of the Galaxy movies to be among the absolute best in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But James Gunn unequivocally deserves every ounce of scrutiny and criticism coming his way this week. As he got more famous and a bigger and bigger following on Twitter, he became everything the Troma Team up in New York satirized about the film industry.

Later, when Donald Trump was elected president, Gunn turned up the liberal hypocrisy to the Nth degree, absolutely catching an awful case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Gunn and everyone like him in Hollywood haplessly make the same mistakes the Christian Right made in the 1990s. Ironic because the Left still tries to hang that albatross around conservative necks some 25 years later.

The Christian Right got huge and rich and used that wealth and power to influence politics making them a political and social force that could not be moved from the outside. It took corruption, lies and awful conduct from the inside to shatter their grip on the nation.

And that’s exactly what’s happening to the Left today. Influencers like James Gunn believe they are the moral arbiters of our culture. They believe that they KNOW BETTER than middle-America about what our values are and how we should live our lives.

They chide us for wanting a border wall, strong borders and an un-molested second amendment while living behind gated communities with armed guards. They lecture us on morality while all of Hollywood is infested with moral degeneracy and, apparently, a pack of frothing rapists according to the #MeToo movement.

James Gunn, and many, many liberals like him, used to be cool motherfuckers. They used to represent anti-establishment values and weren’t afraid to be edgy and tell shocking, provocative jokes for no other reason than to offend the morally pious church ladies of the rural US.

But as the great Jim Goad says, the liberal SJWs like James Gunn are the new church ladies and they’re getting exactly what’s coming to them.

James, you should have stayed in your lane.


TQP 25: Trolling with the Ogre

On this special episode, Jeremy, Ogre and Maddodge talk about Lindsay Shepherd’s scarlet letter from Winfred Laurier University, Google & Twitter censorship and the growing body count of post-Mandalay Bay survivors.

For more on Ogre, visit his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFqrzOry64eXUDvc6yFcsPQ

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The End Of Facebook? [Kevin Strange Joins Minds.com]

As mainstream social media continues its decent into censorship, open spying/data collection and blatant political bias, more and more people are jumping off of platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube/Google in droves.

Social media was always going to be a fad, but for a few years, it was a useful fad. As a creator or marketer, you could get your products and services in front of the eyes of millions for free.

In fact, I built my career partially from the free marketing platform provided by Myspace and Youtube in the early 00s. But as these corporations moved away from grant funding toward profit models, it was those creators and marketers who have suffered the most.

It is well known by now that Facebook, Twitter and Youtube throttle down organic reach, stifling the opportunity for rich, interesting content to go viral naturally. Only with large sums of money can a creator hope to put their content in front of the very people who have chosen to follow them.

Even more recently, these social media platforms have begun rolling out blatant censorship tools under the guise of fighting “fake news.” Fake news of course being any information deemed harmful to the political parties with which the owners of the platforms most closely identify.

Matt Drudge from the Drudge Report, the most influential right wing political website on the internet has called for the public to return to website by website surfing, thereby eliminating the middle-man social media platforms that have become a barrier between users and the information they choose to see.

I took that advice to heart in 2016, shifting 100% of my focus away from social media, parking all of my content here on my website. To say that I’ve seen a DRAMATIC increase in web traffic because of that decision would be a gross understatement.

I learned quickly that directing an audience away from facebook is relatively easy to do. All you need is an easy to navigate website and interesting content that they cannot get from social media alone. It’s really that simple.

But what about those people who are looking for a fix somewhere in the middle between the data mining, left wing social media, and simply bookmarking websites? Those users who still wish to be social online, but without the blatant bias and open spying/data collecting?

I’ve noticed a lot of the liberty movement content creators from youtube moving to a new social media platform called Minds.com. I like Minds because of its focus on privacy and freedom of speech. The website does not take censorship lightly and must be compelled by real evidence of harassment or harm to delete content.

It also has a monetization feature that allows the users themselves to control how viral their content becomes not by being throttled on their followers’ timelines, but by boosting their content to even more users beyond their circles. And simply by interacting on the site, users receive “points” that can be converted into boosted views.

It’s very intuitive and allows for the Minds creators to be a profitable business without having to resort to data mining and content throttling. I have created an account there and will post content that I deem too trivial for this site, but that will give fans the intimate social aspect that they’ve come to enjoy by interacting with their favorite creators on social media.

You can find my Minds account at Minds.om/KevinStrange. I hope to see you there.