Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi transphobic tweets resurface, face backlash, fans react – Reuters


Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi is in hot water for the transphobic tweets of 2013. The Oscar-winning screenwriter is currently trending on Twitter after being hitched to the British pop star Rita Ora although among the celebratory wishes there is growing backlash for the controversial comments resurfacing.

A series of tweets from Waititi have come under the scanner for offensive jokes aimed at trans people. The tweet in question reads: “No disrespect towards men who want to be/dress as women. I should have just said that their makeup looks manly. Also, no disrespect towards users of methamphetamine.And another post on Twitter shows the director arguing with a social media user over his transphobic comment.Since then, many have called out the MCU director, especially since his Hollywood movies have included storylines trans-enablers.

It should be noted that Waititi himself plays a queer character in HBO Max’s Our flag means death, a series he also directs. In an interview with Out Magazine, the director spoke out in support of the trans community, saying, “We’re all gay. Just in varying degrees of where we are on the spectrum, I think. I think that, innately, all humans have some degree of homosexuality within them. He further added, “With Thor, it’s great to finally get Tessa’s character, and my character as well, where we’re both queer.”

Unfortunately for Waititi, the fallout online raises many questions about why the director didn’t delete the tweets. Some are digging deeper into his past posts for transphobic comments on the microblogging platform, a Cancel culture situation that some admins have taken action on, such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi coxswain Rian Johnson deleting more than 20,000 tweets after the week following the (briefly) dismissal of James Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Readers can check out the tweets below.

Thor: Love and Thunder confirms that Korg is gay and even mentions that he fell in love with another member of his own species, Dwayne. Additionally, there are several instances where the movie points to Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is gay.

Earlier in July, the director came under fire for catching the attention of LGBTQ+ audiences with elements of trans empowerment, though it was never explored save for a few teasing mentions. Many fans were put off that the pimping looked more like a marketing push to attract moviegoers from all fronts. Yet Marvel Studios titles have made progress in including LGBTQ references in Disney Plus’ Hawk Eye and even in blockbusters like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswho was facing a ban in Saudi Arabia for LGBTQ+ representation.

It remains to be seen whether Waititi will address the controversial tweets. Meanwhile, Thor: Love and Thunder is still in theaters.


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