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Thoughts on Gina Carano’s Firing from The Mandalorian

February 13, 2021 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Here we are again. On Wednesday it was announced that Gina Carano would no longer be a part of the Star Wars universe after posting a controversial social media post in which she compared being a Republican today to being Jewish during the Holocaust. She’s posted a number of controversial messages in the past that have led to many calling for her firing from The Mandalorian series on Disney+. 

Last November, she posted several tweets, one in which she mocked mask-wearing amid the pandemic and another in which she falsely suggested voter fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election.

This latest was the tipping point. 

“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” said a spokesperson for LucasFilm in a statement. “Nevertheless, her social-media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Let’s pause right here. For all the good social media does, which is debatable on some levels, it has really been the downfall of those who either don’t understand or refuse to understand tact and the consequences of actions. 

Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences. I believe we can assume that Carano had to know her tweets were going to get her in trouble and instead of using empathy to understand why, she leans into them harder and now she finds herself on the outs of one of the biggest franchises on the planet. 

But don’t worry too much about Carano as she has set up a new movie project with ‘The Daily Wire,’ the conservative website run by Ben Shapiro: “I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob.” 

“The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered,” Carano said in a statement to The Daily Wire. “I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.”

OK, let’s pause again. Do I agree with her tweets? Absolutely not. I find them grossly ignorant and a thinly veiled attempt to create the very attention she’s received. She knew what she was doing and that’s what I find odd.

Carano was set up to lead her own Mandalorian spinoff, which I found surprising as I personally thought she was one of the weaker elements on the show. Signs pointed to her leading Rangers of the New Republic, a series from Mandalorian co-creators Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau that was announced at the investor’s presentation with very few details. 

Instead, she’s doing a project with ‘The Daily Wire’. 

Before I open up the comments to the masses, remember “Cancel Culture” (a term I loathe) impacts both sides. We could go back and forth over the names of actors, athletes, and entertainers who’ve been on the losing side of comments or actions. 

This comes down to holding someone accountable for their words, which I’m all for, and believe they should hold everyone to the same level. Consequences. It’s important.