Following controversy from a widely criticized social media post, it was announced that Gina Carano is no longer involved with ‘The Mandalorian’ going forward. The actress and former mixed martial artist shared a post that consisted of comparing the treatment of those with different political opinions to that of Jews during the holocaust in Nazi Germany
A Lucasfilm spokesperson gave the following statement: “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.”
Gina Carano gained popularity with her biggest role as Cara Dune on the hit series ‘The Mandalorian’ on the Disney+ streaming platform. On the show, Cara Dune is a former Rebel Alliance shock trooper-turned mercenary.
Carano also shared the controversial post on her TikTok account which compared Nazis making neighbors hate Jews to someone hating another person for their political views. The post was accompanied with a black-and-white photo of a terrified woman running from a child carrying a stick. Carano added another post of a person wearing many cloth masks on their head captioned as “Meanwhile in California.”
While the controversial posts have since been deleted from Carano’s account, many fans took to social media with the hashtag #FireGinaCarano. The hashtag started trending as early as September 2020 when Carano, known for her conservative political views, faced backlash for putting the words “beep/bop/boop” in the bio section of her Twitter account in response to fans asking if she would add pronouns to her bio section to show support for the trans community. This action was viewed by many fans of mocking transgender people. Carano later tweeted that she spoke to ‘Mandalorian’ star Pedro Pascal about the pronouns and that he helped her understand why people put them in bios. She also explained that she stood against bullying and that she was not against trans lives.
Carano previously faced backlash for her skepticism of wearing masks in the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. Carano also made claims of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election.
Furthermore, she opened up an account on Parler, a social media platform geared toward conservatives or supporters of former President Donald Trump, which was later shut down by Amazon, Apple Store, and Google Play for giving platforms to posts deemed as threatening public safety amid the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“The Mandalorian” which premiered in November 2019 on Disney+ became a huge success under executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, earning impressive new subscribers for the streaming service. Lucasfilm had plans to propel the actress as the star of the Mandalorian spinoff “Rangers of the New Republic” however these plans were dropped after condemnation of her social media activity.
It was also reported that Gina Carano was dropped by the agency UTA which had represented her in the entertainment industry.