7:32am PT by Ryan Parker
Jerry Seinfeld Weighs in on James Gunn Situation: "If They’re Jokes, It Doesn’t Matter"
Jerry Seinfeld doesn't know exactly what James Gunn said through Twitter a decade ago to get him fired from Disney now, but the veteran comedian nonetheless defended what was said — if Gunn was in fact just joking.
In an interview with The New York Times posted Wednesday, the stand-up discussed a number of topics, including the firestorm around the Marvel director-writer.
Gunn was fired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in late July after Trump supporters unearthed old tweets of his that contained comments about rape and pedophilia. Gunn — a staunch, vocal opposer of the president — said the posts were jokes meant to be provocative. He also apologized. Disney, which owns Marvel, seemingly didn't care.
The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee host shared his opinion on the scandal.
"I didn’t read the jokes, but if they’re jokes, it doesn’t matter," he told The Times. "I guess Roseanne Barr thought she was being funny, but it wasn’t funny — and if it’s offensive and not funny, then it’s not a joke. But any comedian that doesn’t understand that dynamic, you’re finished anyway."
Barr was also fired from Disney, weeks before Gunn, from her self-titled ABC hit sitcom reboot for a racist tweet she posted.
Seinfeld gave his thoughts on that situation in June.
"It seemed like, you don’t need to murder someone that’s committing suicide," he said then. "I thought the firing was overkill. She's already dead."
Seinfeld made it clear to The Times he has never apologized for a joke. And he never will.
"Jokes are not real," he told The Times. "People assume that when you say something that you believe it. It’s purely comedic invention. You know, I do this whole bit about Pop-Tarts and how much I love them. I don’t love Pop-Tarts. It’s just funny. It’s funny to say it, so I say it."