The Un-canceled

Writer and director James Gunn poses at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” in Hollywood, California, April 19, 2017. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)
Some of the men erased from the public square in the #MeToo era are making a quiet comeback.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE Y ou’ve heard about cancel culture, but reformations sow the seeds of counter-reformations. Today there is a growing movement to un-cancel celebrated men.

In an ad hoc movement, there is no consistently applied standard, but some of the men who lost high-profile jobs and suffered various other kinds of censure are slowly moving back into public life. Cancellation is not necessarily irreversible.

Take James Gunn, the Marvel director who was publicly fired three years ago from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 following Twitter outrage about tasteless jokes he’d made years previously. He has now emerged from the celebrity Phantom Zone. He is not

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