The crowdfunded ad is four miles away from the Anaheim theme park.
A group of James Gunn fans are showing their appreciation for the fired Guardians of the Galaxy director in a big way. On Monday (Oct. 29), a digital billboard popped up in Garden Grove, California, at an intersection just over four miles away from Disneyland in Anaheim. The billboard, which reads "Save the Galaxy: James Gunn for Vol. 3," was paid for via a GoFundMe campaign that has raised nearly $5,000 since launching last month. The campaign coalesced from a group of fans who organized online soon after Disney fired Gunn as director of Guardians 3 on July 20, after conservative personalities resurfaced old tweets in which the filmmaker joked about rape and pedophilia.
Giuseppe Cincinnato, a 29-year-old Ohio chef and one of the minds behind the billboard, notes it is to show their campaign is "not just all online outrage."
"We really love Gunn as both a creator and the man we've seen him mature into," Cincinnato tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Even if this wasn't going to cause Disney to see their mistake, we could at least show James Gunn how much support he has in his corner of the galaxy." The group created a website, RehireJamesGunn.com, and paid a company $4,000 to run the digital billboard, which will be up through Nov. 25. If the group raises enough money, it would like to get a more expensive billboard ahead of Christmas, one that'd be a little closer to Disneyland.