Lucasfilm Drops "Mandalorian" Star For "Abhorrent" Social Media Posts
The production house behind the “Star Wars” universe confirmed on Wednesday that actor Gina Carano was no longer employed with the company.
Gina Carano will not be returning to the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” after sharing a social media post that compared backlash against certain political views to being Jewish during the Holocaust.
Lucasfilm, the production house behind the popular TV series, said in a widely shared statement Wednesday that Carano was no longer with the company. According to multiple reports, Carano has also been dropped by the United Talent Agency.
“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 the statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
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Earlier this week, Carano shared on her Instagram Story a photo of a woman being chased in the street and text that said, “History is edited.” Carano has since deleted the post.
“People today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews,” the screenshot read. “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
After the actor’s latest controversial post, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano was trending on Twitter as people called out her other past remarks.
Carano, who is a former professional MMA fighter, has gained mainstream fame in her role as Cara Dune in Disney’s wildly popular “The Mandalorian,” which takes place in the “Star Wars” universe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm was planning to announce a spinoff with Carano’s character in December but “scrapped those plans” after her earlier controversial tweets. THR also reported that a source said Lucasfilm was “looking for a reason to fire her for two months” and that her social media post this week was “the final straw.”
Carano is set to produce and star in a film for Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire, the conservative outlet reported Friday. In a statement, Carano said "they can't cancel us if we don't let them."
"I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob," Carano continued. "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."
Carano also tweeted, "welcome to the rebellion."