Gina Carano, star of the hit Star Wars series “The Mandalorian,” was fired by producer Lucasfilm after sharing “aberrant” posts on social media on topics such as the Holocaust.
The departure of Carano, a 38-year-old ex-mixed martial arts fighter who has long fueled controversy by openly speaking out on political issues, occurs in the middle of an online campaign calling for her expulsion, #FireGinaCarano (fire Gina Carano), but has also provoked accusations of a “culture of cancellation” by its defenders.
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“Gina Carano is not currently hired by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a spokesperson for the studios said in a statement to AFP. “However, his posts on social media that denigrate people based on their cultural and religious identities are aberrant and unacceptable.”
Carano’s character, Cara Dune, a warrior, had appeared in seven episodes of “The Mandalorian” over two seasons; only the main protagonist of the series, played by Pedro Pascal, had more appearances.
With Dune still alive at the end of season two and rumors circulating that the character would be part of the recently announced spin-off “Rangers of the New Republic,” Carano’s firing was seen as a strong sign of zero tolerance and praised. by some.
“Woo-hoo! I’m going back to my @disneyplus (subscription) because they finally decided #FireGinaCarano, ”tweeted one user. The post that generated the most outrage was a quote Carano shared on Instagram saying that “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors.”
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The message goes on to liken the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust to “hating someone for their political opinions” today. Carano had previously shared posts that state: “You are more likely to be attacked for being a Trump supporter than for your race in America today” and “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes journalism.”
He has also shared misinformation about the use of masks and alleged electoral fraud. According to the Deadline website, Carano has also “split” from the giant Hollywood talent agency UTA. Neither Carano nor UTA representatives immediately responded to AFP’s request for comment.
Some fans rallied in Carano’s defense, with a widely shared tweet using the hashtag #WeLoveGinaCarano (we love Gina Carano) that read: “It’s absolutely pathetic to see a company the size of Disney kneel before a small group of dumb Twitter idiots. they wouldn’t even buy their products in the first place. “
Carano also won the support of Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz. “Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not an emotionally tortured Jedi. She played a woman who kicked butt and whom the girls looked up to. It was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again, ”he wrote. “Of course Disney ‘canceled’ it.”