Actor Bobcat Goldthwait leaked the name and concept for a Halloween-themed version of Disney's World of Color show in an Instagram post protesting the company's firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
Disney sacked the director over sarcastic tweets he made years ago, mocking pedophilia in Hollywood but looking a lot like an endorsement of it if you don't know the context of what apparently was intended as a joke. The long-overlooked posts came to light after Gunn posted another of his many anti-Donald Trump tweets, and a Trump supporter went looking through Gunn's social media history, looking for social ammunition.
He found it. Fox News blared the posts, and Disney moved swiftly to kill the story by dismissing Gunn.
Except the move did not kill the story, as it has inspired a backlash among actors who support Gunn. Goldthwait suggested that if Disney is sacking people who have said outrageous things in the past, he'd better go, too. In his post, the Hercules voice actor revealed that he reprised that role for the upcoming and unannounced Halloween-themed version of World of Color, to be named World of Color - Villainous. (Or, at least, that was the production title used when Goldthwait recorded his part.)
I love @jamesgunn. He’s a loyal friend, super talented, passionate and kind. I wanted to say something, here it is: Dear @disney, I would hate for you to come off as hypocritical so I’m suggesting that you remove my voice from an attraction that’s coming to your park. It’s called WORLD OF COLOR - VILLAINOUS, and I reprise the role of Pain, a role I played in HERCULES. You see here’s the deal, years ago I made a lot of sarcastically shocking and offensive jokes. Many that I’m embarrassed about now, and I’d hate to make you guys look bad seeing that I’m openly critical of the president and his administration, and you seem to be taking your lead from some of his radical fringe supporters. I think James Woods may have recorded a voice for this new attraction, too. Why not check out some of his whacky past tweets?! They’re a hoot! For the record I do stand with survivors of sexual abuse and I was wondering if you guys are still making money off of your movie POWDER? Asking for a friend. Thanks, Bobcat
Disney has created four titled versions of its World of Color water screen projection show at Disney California Adventure: the original, the Disneyland 60th anniversary-themed Celebrate, and the Christmas holiday-themed Winter Dreams and Season of Light. There also is a Lunar New Year-themed preshow called Hurry Home.
World of Color has been down this summer as Disney repairs a fountain platform that reportedly was damaged during refurbishments connected to the Pixar Pier construction. It is expected to return by late summer or early fall — just in time for a Halloween version.
Here's Season of Light:
And here is Gunn at the opening ceremony for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!Tweet
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