AUSTIN - Film director Rian Johnson (Last Jedi, Looper, Brick) recently deleted 20,000 tweets off of his Twitter profile's history. Fans and critics alike wondered if this was the result of some official mandate from Disney. Anticipating the questions, Mr. Johnson had this to say:
No official directive at all, and I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that bad," he wrote. "But it’s nine years of stuff written largely off the cuff as ephemera, if trolls scrutinizing it for ammunition is the new normal, this seems like a 'why not?' move.
About a week or so ago, James Gunn was fired over some strangely inappropriate tweets he had posted 9 years ago. Much of the criticism of Gunn's situation dealt with how Gunn deserved to be fired, blackballed, and Disney also held accountable because of the retroactive tweets.
Some fans sardonically asked 'sexual predators' and those who support offenders to delete their tweets before they too fall prey to social media justice.
Johnson, although not accused of anything, seems to be covering all his bases, just in case he did express problematic views in the past.
A smart move, even if critics will express skepticism. In the entertainment business, you really are damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Johnson's foresight into what could happen, is all the reason why even more of our favorite celebrities should follow suit. I wouldn't be surprised if some of them have already done the same.
How do you feel about retroactive justice for things posted on social media? Should someone be punished or scrutinized for something they've posted years earlier? Do you subscribe to the idea that people change as they grow, even until old age? Or are people of the same character once they've hit a certain age?
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