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'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Dave Bautista trolls City of Tampa on Twitter over a gate

By Christopher Spata
Published: February 9, 2018
Dave Bautista, right, with Megan Fox at an Xbox Live Session at the Microsoft Lounge on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Venice, Calif. [Casey Rodgers |AP Images for Xbox]

It’s not unusual for people to send off-topic replies to tweets from the official @CityOfTampa account, publicly airing their grievances over garbage pickup or potholes or whatever they think the mayor should be doing.

It’s a little more surprising when a celebrity does it.

Dave Bautista, WWE Superstar, portrayer of Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, guy who threw Ryan Gosling through a wall in Blade Runner 2049, and ordinary South Tampa homeowner, really wants to build a gate.

Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy is played by South Tampa resident Dave Bautista. [Walt Disney]

He tweeted at the City of Tampa on Thursday to let them know about his gate issues.

@CityofTampa what the hell do I have to do to get you to approve a GD gate? Its been 7 months of waiting on permits,spending thousands and thousands of dollars on surveys,dealing with inspectors with sh%%tty attitudes, jumping through hoops,etc. Wtf do I have to do?! Its a gate!

— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) February 8, 2018

But obviously, Bautista really, really wants that gate, and was still very much thinking about that gate an hour later when he saw @CityOfTampa tweet about a Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront park.

Seriously! I mean I realize your busy with beer festivals and bbq but I’d really love to build a gate! 7 months, thousands and thousands of dollars on surveys and permits,rude inspectors, one thing after another after another! It’s a gate for God’s sake!

— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) February 8, 2018

The city saw Bautista’s complaint, and replied with a tweet reading “Hello Dave, we apologize for any frustration. Can you please DM us the address and tracking/permit numbers so we can look into this?”

Of course, some of Bautista’s 1.3 million Twitter followers also saw the exchange, and weighed in themselves on the controversy that some were calling #Gategate.

Install the gate, if they come to complain rip their spine out!

— Ben Tonge (@ben_tonge_) February 8, 2018


— Stephanie French (@StephOUAT) February 8, 2018

Seriously, @CityofTampa have you not seen Batista wrestle? I would not waste any more of this man's time. #getDavehisgate! @BobBuckhorn @DaveBautista #Tampa #cityoftampa

— Angel in Tampa �� (@sandyshores813) February 8, 2018


— Tony Gervin. (@trent_hardcore) February 8, 2018

#davesgategate Get that man a gate.

— Rob Paton (@robp1980) February 8, 2018

Have you tried pointing at it?

— Hector Acosta (@hexican) February 8, 2018

From 2014: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax just wants to relax in Tampa