Gina Carano, who plays Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune in Star Wars series The Mandalorian, has been fired from Lucasfilm following controversial social media posts.
The MMA fighter-turned-screen star shared a post on Instagram that suggested being a conservative actor in Hollywood was like being Jewish during the Holocaust. I mean… maybe think twice before posting Holocaust comparisons?
The post, which has since been removed, reportedly read:
“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most 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. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.”
#FireGinaCarano was soon trending – and Lucasfilm/Disney was listening. This, it appears, was the last straw.
Carano has made a number of pot-stirring posts on social media in the past, such as mocking mask-wearing and pushing the voter fraud angle during the recent US election. She was attracting heat – and the powers that be could feel it.
“[Lucasfilm] have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months,” a source told The Hollywood Reporter. Well, with her latest post, it looks like they got it.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” said a Lucasfilm spokesperson in a statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
THR’s sources also claim that Lucasfilm was planning to announce a Disney+ Carano-led series in December, but that plan was scrapped after tweets from her in November.
Apart from her part in potential Star Wars projects now officially done for (Lucasfilm has a number of Mandalorian spinoffs in the works – and Carano could have easily had a role in Rangers of the New Republic), Carano has also been dropped by her talent agency UTA.
Carano’s other screen credits include Deadpool, Fast & Furious 6, and Haywire.