Selma Blair Quits Twitter After Defending Fired 'Guardians Vol. 3' Director James Gunn

'So long. You can find me on Instagram. #Istandwithjamesgunn'

Actor Selma Blair has left Twitter after defending director James Gunn following his firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Hellboy star announced her decision in a July 29 tweet saying"So long. You can find me on Instagram . #Istandwithjamesgunn"

Blair's exit from the social media platform comes just a week after her friend Gunn was axed by Disney when decades-old tweets in which he made light of rape and paedophilia resurfaced online.

Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two installments in the Guardian franchise, quickly apologised for his past behavior but it was not enough to retain his role in Vol. 3.

Disney's decision to oust Gunn was met with a huge reaction online, with many celebrities, including Blair, Guardians star Dave Bautista and Gunn's brother Sean Gunn, coming to his defence.

Blair in particular has been very vocal in support of Gunn, thanking him for his "talent, ... decency [and] evolution as a man," and sharing links to articles that question Disney's decision. She tweeted:

 "@JamesGunn I thank you for your talent, your decency and your evolution as a man. You propped me up when I was in a scary place, and guided me towards the decent and right thing to do. You have shown strength of character more than most anyone I know. You understood."

She even began circulating an online petition, calling on Marvel to reinstate the 51 year old as the Vol. 3 director, which has received 330,000 signatures to date and aims to reach 500,000.

Blair's opinions attracted criticism, with many Twitter users slamming her for supporting who they believe to be "a pedo".

The backlash appeared to have taken a toll on Blair, who tweeted on July 24:

"We change. We grow. Sometimes I am so forlorn people can’t see it. This isn’t a political thing for me. This is our livelihood. Yesterday was hard. Hate thrown all over me. Using my past to humiliate me. Something they don’t really know. But hurts. Peace"

Then on July 27 the 46 year old tweeted, "Does anyone else have feelings about leaving Twitter?" which she did indeed do just days later.

Her fans have come out to share their sadness at Blair's departure, but appear to sympathise with her reasons for stepping back.

It's not known if Blair's departure from Twitter is permanent, or if she's just taking a break, however she still appears to be active on her Instagram page, having posted a selfie a few hours after her final tweet.

Questions still hover over the future of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 as Disney has yet to announce a new director, and it's also unclear whether the film is still on schedule for its original 2020 release date.

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