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July 20, 2018
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Disney on Friday cut ties with James Gunn, who was set to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, after prominent conservative Twitter users unearthed Gunn's old tweets referencing pedophilia and rape, reports Deadline.

Gunn was removed from the Marvel Comics franchise, with Disney calling his tweets "indefensible." The offending comments, which also included jokes about 9/11 and the Holocaust, have since been deleted. Right-wing bloggers who resurfaced the tweets have criticized Gunn's political beliefs, reports Fox News, and have condemned his outspoken opposition to President Trump.

Gunn defended himself by describing his tweets as an attempt to be a "provocateur," and said he's "very, very different" than he was in 2010 and 2011 when he posted the "shocking jokes" online. Read more at Deadline. Summer Meza

July 10, 2017

In a tweet Monday morning, Donald Trump Jr. doubled down on his admission that he'd taken a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the presidential election "to hear info about an opponent." Above a Drudge Report link to a story calling reports on the meeting "a big yawn," Trump Jr. sarcastically quipped that he was "obviously ... the first person on a campaign" to take such a meeting:

Trump Jr. met with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 under the impression that she had compromising information about Hillary Clinton. President Trump's campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also attended.

Trump Jr. said in a statement to The New York Times that Veselnitskaya said she "had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton," but "it quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information." Becca Stanek

June 29, 2017

Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) put her foot down Thursday after President Trump launched a sexist attack on Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. "This has to stop," Collins tweeted, calling for "respect and civility":

Her reminder to the government that they "have a job" comes as Senate Republicans struggle to craft a passable plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Collins has come out against the first draft of the bill, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated would leave an additional 22 million uninsured by 2026, as opposed to under ObamaCare.

Because Republicans can only afford two defections, Collins' support is key for Senate Republican leadership if they want to pass the GOP health-care plan. Trump's sexist Thursday morning tweets about "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" don't seem to be helping the cause. Becca Stanek

May 16, 2016
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Twitter is going to stop counting tweets and links toward its 140-character limit, an anonymous source told Bloomberg Technology on Monday.

The change could reportedly happen within the next two weeks, and it means users would have an extra 23 characters to play with in their missives.

Before prolific tweeters get too excited, they would do well to remember that similar rumors have been inaccurate before. The company has yet to raise its character limit to 10,000, as January reports claimed the social network was considering by the end of the first quarter. Julie Kliegman

February 16, 2016

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) sent a very simple tweet Tuesday afternoon.

The reaction to the photo of the presidential hopeful's personalized gun was swift.

You may see the tweet as ominous.

Or desperate for engagement.

Or just flat-out ridiculous.

In any case, like most Jeb-related things lately, it seems like an opportunity ripe for momma's boy jokes. Julie Kliegman

October 14, 2015

Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee (R) didn't make a lot of friends Tuesday night during the Democratic debate, when he tweeted a racist "joke" and then failed to apologize for it:

The joke was immediately criticized by users as being tasteless, inappropriate, and perpetuating a racial stereotype. While Huckabee had tweeted earlier that "Racism exists because we have a sin problem in America, not a skin problem," he didn't apologize for his racist remark but rather mocked those who called him out.

"Poor liberals think it's racist to deplore a brutal dictatorship," Huckabee tweeted, quoting his Bernie Sanders tweet again.

Many also found irony in the "joke," pointing out that Huckabee's son, David Huckabee, allegedly tortured and killed a dog while at Boy Scout camp in 1998, when he was almost 18.

Huckabee's Labrador, Jet, died in 2013. Jeva Lange

September 19, 2015

Donald Trump responded to the backlash Saturday about his failure to correct a town hall supporter who wrongly described President Obama as Muslim on Thursday. Trump also came under fire for assuring the same supporter he was "looking into" getting rid of Muslims.

Naturally, he had a quip to go with his argument.

Trump then turned the attack back on President Obama.

And he suggested he would've gotten backlash no matter what he did.

Like many of Trump's rants, this one ended by calling Obama, who actually is a Hawaiian-born Christian despite what people think, a "horrible" president." Julie Kliegman

August 7, 2015

It's been a rough road for director Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot. Amid a flurry of rumors of production problems and in-fighting on set, the film has finally arrived — to some of the worst reviews ever received by a superhero movie. Yes, even worse than the last Fantastic Four movies.

In these situations, the production generally circles the wagons, keeping quiet in an attempt to quell bad word of mouth, or offering meager defenses. ("Rarely are films of this size well-received. This is not a movie we're going to go on Rotten Tomatoes and it's going to be at 80 or 90 percent," said star Miles Tellera statement that is factually inaccurate.)

But on Thursday night, director Josh Trank did take to Twitter to offer one brief, candid reaction to the critical response to Fantastic Four. He deleted it almost immediately, but the tweet has been preserved in screenshot form:

If Fantastic Four flops this weekend, you can expect to see plenty more finger-pointing. For now, Fantastic Four 2 is already scheduled for June 2017. Scott Meslow