Gina Carano Is Fired, But She Isn’t Going Quietly

Are Gina Carano's social media posts proof of her insensitivity, or is she an innocent victim Hollywood cancel culture?
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Gina Carano on The Mandalorian Red Carpet - Copyright: FOX News

Fans of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian are well acquainted with Gina Carano’s supporting role on the show as Cara Dune. Dune played a heavy role in the series’ first season which granted the character a large fan following, and Carano fair wages ranging from $25k-$50k per episode. But despite the love from fans her screen-time during season 2 seemed to lessen, and now we know why.

What Exactly Did Gina Say That Got Her Fired?

Due to Carano’s repertoire of insensitive social media posts, the actress was recently fired from her part in Disney and LucasFilm’s Star Wars endeavors, ending her role on The Mandalorian, and scrapping what would’ve been a Cara Dune spin-off show.

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Gina Carano with director Bryce Dallas Howard on the set of The Mandalorian - Source: IndieWire

Gina isn't the first actor to be let go due to controversial comments on the internet, and she won’t be the last. Her feud with LucasFilm over her social media presence had been churning for months, collecting a handful of posts that mocked mask-wearing during the covid-19 pandemic, compared being a Republican to being Jewish during the Holocaust, and displayed transphobia.

Supporters of Carano, such as Twitter user @RandomMnky, continue to state that Carano was taken out of context, saying that she “Did not post anything offensive” and that Disney is using their corporate power to “attack women.” They also criticize Disney’s left-wing preferences, which some claim have led to the firing of numerous entertainment workers in the past.

Disney’s political preferences remain unclear, but their firing of those with poor social media history does indicate a desire to keep their hands clean. Marvel Studios icon James Gunn went through a similar maze with Disney back in 2018 when an insensitive tweet caused his firing from his directorial position on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He has since been reinstated.

What Will Happen to Gina Carano's Character Cara Dune?

Despite the controversy, Disney stands by their decision to remove Gina Carano from their Star Wars plans and has stated that they have no intention of recasting her character or moving forward with her spin-off show.

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Gina Carano as Cara Dune on The Mandalorian - Copyright: GeekTyrant

Fans plead on social media to recast her character, but, frankly, there’s no need.

The Mandalorian season 2 finale marked a checkpoint for creator Jon Favreau's epic series, and, due to the Christmas 2021 premiere of its spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett, we don’t expect to see season 3 until 2022.

The firing of Carano comes strangely well-timed for the exit of her beloved character Cara Dune and is best left open-ended rather than recast.

How is Gina Fighting Back Against Her Firing?

Gina doesn't believe that she deserved to be fired, and plans to fight back against Disney and Hollywood cancel culture.

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Gina Carano - Copyright: The Hollywood Reporter

Carano has said that she’ll be interviewed by Ben Shapiro and The Daily Wire regarding her expulsion from one of the most successful TV shows in recent memory, and one of the biggest franchises of all time.

Not only that, but she also announced that she and The Daily Wire will be producing a feature film together in which Carano will star. The team-up is an effort to help Gina reclaim her position in Hollywood, and keep her working.

Both Carano and Shapiro have expressed excitement over their future partnership, and distaste for Hollywood “cancel culture.”

Carano states: “I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob...They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.”

Gina Carano's Interview with The Daily Wire

Carano stretched her interview time as long as she could, speaking with Shapiro for over an hour. She had a lot to say.

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Gina Carano Interviews with Ben Shapiro for The Daily Wire - Copyright: The Mary Sue

When asked about her “beep/bop/boop” Twitter bio in reference to people stating their preferred pronouns, Carano claimed it had “zero to do with trying to go after the transgender community” and that she “would never do that.

She claimed the Twitter bio was a joke, showing that she “can put whatever [she] want[s] in her bio.” She compared it to an action taken by an unnamed Twitter user writing “trash panda” as their pronoun.

In regards to her social media posts warning of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, Carano said that it was meant to address concerns she had obtained during her own voting experience.

I can’t even remember if there was a signature required,” she said, claiming that the poll workers hadn’t properly checked her identification and instead told her to “just go.” She also expressed concerns about masks concealing people's identities at the polls, claiming once again that poll workers didn’t authenticate her ID.

In one of her more controversial posts, Carano showed a vintage photo of a Jewish woman running from antisemites. The photo was paired with a caption that read: "How is [this] any different from hating someone for their political views?" The post led many to interpret it as her comparing being Republican to being a Holocaust victim.

Carano explained that the post was meant to stick up for those too “afraid to speak” and are “bullied” for their political beliefs.

Shapiro interjects, saying: “it was obvious the post was not anti-Semitic...what happened to Jews was evil, and this should never happen again, and that's why you should be careful about how you treat your neighbor.

To this, Carano agreed, reinforcing the caption of her original post which reads: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by N-a-z-i soldiers but by their neighbors.” She went on to address the people who vilified the post by saying: “why don’t you do your homework a little better?

Shapiro asked how Disney and Lucasfilm had treated her leading up to her firing, and she responded by saying that executives were “slandering [her]” and only read “two words” of an apology she had written before deeming it not good enough.

Carano likened her final months with Disney and Lucasfilm to being “head-hunt[ed]” which is a boxing/fighting expression used when opponents unfairly aim for the head instead of the body.

It was briefly mentioned that her co-star, Pedro Pascal, on The Mandalorian also had a history of insensitive posts, but that he hadn’t received the backlash she was receiving now.

Gina Carano will not be returning to The Mandalorian as long as Disney and Lucasfilm stand their ground, but is she in the right, or is Disney?

It's a fact that Gina was pressured by Disney and Lucasfilm executives to form an apology, and discovered her own firing on social media, not from her employer.

It's also true that her social media posts offended a large number of individuals regardless of her intent.

So, should all charges brought against her be dropped? Probably not. But does her firing suggest Disney’s habit of firing employees without taking a minute to breathe? Maybe.

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Gina Carano as Cara Dune on The Mandalorian - Copyright: GiantFreakinRobot
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