Actress Gina Carano won’t be returning as Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune in the Disney+ series ‘The Mandalorian’ because of being fired after sharing some controversial posts on her Instagram story.
Carano shared the controversial posts on her story on Tuesday night, and instantly received backlash for it. One of the posts she shared were a comparison of today’s divided political climate to Nazi Germany.
“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realise that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbours hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views,” the post read.
Another photo on Carano’s story featured a person with several cloth masks covering their entire face and head. The caption said “Meanwhile in California.”
Both posts were removed from Carano’s Instagram story later. She even shared other posts, that included a quote saying “Expecting everyone you encounter to agree with every belief or view you hold is fucking wild” and one saying “Jeff Epstein didn’t kill himself,”, and they remained undeleted.
Through her posts, she implied that being a Republican today is like being Jewish during the Holocaust.
After her posts got widely shared, people criticised Carano, and began to use the hashtag #FireGinaCarano, tagging accounts for Disney, Disney Plus, “Star Wars” and Lucasfilm and requesting that Carano be dropped from “The Mandalorian.”
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“There are no plans for her to be employed by Lucasfilm in the future”
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Carano has also been dropped as a client by UTA, an agency spokesperson confirms.
This is not the first time Gina Carano got caught into a social media controversy.
In November, last year, she shared misinformation for wearing masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She also raised her voice suggesting that voter fraud had taken place during the 2020 US presidential elections.
She once even downplayed people including their preferred pronouns on social media by adding “beep/bop/boop” to her Twitter bio, which many fans called out as transphobic. She however, later removed the words after she said she spoke to her “Mandalorian” co-star Pedro Pascal. “He helped me understand why people were putting them in their bios. I didn’t know before but I do now. I won’t be putting them in my bio but good for all you who choose to. I stand against bullying, especially the most vulnerable & [support] freedom to choose,” she wrote at the time.
‘The Mandalorian’ debuted on Disney+ in November 2019 and was quick to help streaming service to raise the subscription numbers. Carano’s Cara Dune became an instant favourite to the fans, and the actor was praised for her role as Cara Dune.