Several actors from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies signed a petition on Monday to reinstate director James Gunn, who was fired from the upcoming third film in the series because of old tweets that made light of pedophilia.

The actors who signed the letter said they weren’t aiming to defend Gunn’s jokes but were rather shining a light on his character, which they’ve gotten to know over the course of filming the two previous Guardians movies.

The open letter concluded with the cast saying Gunn would likely not be “the last good person put on trial” in the court of public opinion due to growing political divides, but the actors wrote that they hope the “mob mentality” across the spectrum will dissipate.