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Gina Carano fired from The Mandalorian after “abhorrent” social media posts

In a statement on Wednesday, Lucasfilm the production company behind The Mandalorian Disney + series, said “”Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

The actress and former MMA fighter was also dropped by her LA-based talent agency UTA.

She was fired from the cast following online outrage over a social media post that likened the murder of Jews during the Holocaust to the current U.S. political climate.

She was accused of comparing being a Republican today to being Jewish under Nazi rule.

Who is Gina Carano?

Gina Carano is a 38 year old actress and former MMA fighter, that played the recurring character Cara Dune on the ‘Star Wars’ series for two seasons.

The series was created by Jon Favreau in association with Disney, Disney Plus, Star Wars and Lucasfilm.

The Mandalorian is a space Western television series, and is the first live-action series in the Star Wars franchise beginning five years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983).

This isn’t the first time Carano has landed herself in hot water over controversial, extremely right wing views on social media.

She’s been accused of transphobia, blocked supporters of Black Lives Matters and posted material online from anti-vaxxers and misinformation about COVID-19.

What happened recently?

Carano posted on her Instagram Stories that ‘Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours…. even by children.’

The post continued: ‘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?’ 

She then added on her Story a photo of a person wearing several masks, with the caption: “Meanwhile in California.” Seemingly discouraging people to wear a protective mask in public.

She mocked mask wearing during the pandemic and promoted claims of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election. 

The former mixed martial artist later deleted both posts but it wasn’t before enraged fans had reposted them with the hashtag #FireGinaCarano.

Furthermore before news of her termination was announced, Carano posted a picture to her Instagram story that included the phrase ‘Jeff Epstein didn’t kill himself’, a reference to conspiracy theories that the pedophile billionaire was murdered. 

She also mocked the use of gender pronouns, listing ‘beep/bop/boop’ in her social media bio after some expressed outrage that she did not list any pronouns in her bio.

The actress spoke with YouTuber Drunk 3PO in a candid interview about her controversial social media presence.

‘People need to be OK with having conversations,’ she told the host. ‘With having difficult conversations, with having different opinions. What’s wrong with having a different opinion?’

She continued: ‘Why does everybody have to straight go to demoralizing because maybe they just didn’t think the way you did?’ 

The actress also noted that she is not deterred by critics and stays vocal to prevent them from controlling Twitter and other social media platforms. 

While those who had called for her firing cheered Lucasfilm’s move, conservatives rallied to support Carano and even claimed that her firing was evidence of her premise. 

The hashtag #CancelDisneyPlus was also trending, apparently driven by conservatives vowing to cancel the streaming service over the controversy.

And Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway wrote: ‘We canceled our @Disney subscription tonight.’

 Political commentator Dave Rubin wrote: ‘Disney has cancelled @ginacarano , so I’m cancelling my @disneyplus . We need to stop giving these people our money and we must build new franchises.’

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