Gina Carano will no longer appear on “The Mandalorian” but she only found out through a message released through the press rather than from her bosses at Lucasfilm.
That’s according to the former mixed martial arts fighter turned actress, who was dismissed from the “Star Wars” spinoff following several controversial messages posted on social media including one that compared the plight suffered by conservatives in America to the Jews who were slaughtered during the holocaust in Nazi Germany.
Here’s the text of the image Carano later deleted from her Instagram account:
“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.”
Even before that image was posted that led to her firing, Carano revealed that she had already been taken off promotional tours in order to speak about “The Mandalorian” season 2 on Disney+. Carano had previously come under fire for sharing posts on social media that included anti-mask rhetoric during the coronavirus pandemic, denying the results of the 2020 Presidential election and a fiasco where she mocked people using their preferred gender pronouns in a Twitter bio.
Following this latest incident, Carano apparently found out through social media that she was no longer part of the show after originally expecting a return for season 3, which begins filming later this year.
“Earlier on last year before ‘The Mandalorian’ came out, they wanted me to use their exact wording for an apology over pronoun usage,” Carano revealed when speaking to former New York Times’ columnist Bari Weiss. “I declined and offered a statement in my own words. I made clear I wanted nothing to do with mocking the transgender community, and was just drawing attention to the abuse of the mob in forcing people to put pronouns in their bio.
“That was heartbreaking, but I didn’t want to take away from the hard work of everyone who worked on the project, so I said OK. That was the last time I was contacted about any type of public statement or apology from Lucasfilm. I found out through social media, like everyone else, that I had been fired.”
In addition to her firing from “The Mandalorian,” Hasbro has also decided to stop making any more action figures or toys based on Carano’s character Cara Dune. Carano was also dropped by her talent agents at UTA.
Weiss also questioned Carano about a second controversial image she had posted last year that shared a striking resemblance with a mural in England that has been decried as anti-Semitic.
In response, Carano says the image she shared was speaking to a larger message she was attempting to convey but claims it had nothing to do with the Jewish community whatsoever. That image was also later deleted from her social media accounts.
“I was in utter shock and confusion when certain people said it was antisemitic,” Carano said.. “Then, as I went to take it down, I noticed that the image was not the same as the one people were referencing. I was honestly confused: should I take it down, or leave it up? I still don’t know the answer to that question, because taking it down only makes the mob attack you more.
“The image for me was a statement that people need to stand together and rise up, stop being so manipulated by the powers that believe they know what’s best for you and play games with our lives. My heart has only ever had ultimate respect and love for the Jewish community.”
In the days since her firing from “The Mandalorian,” Carano announced a new partnership with controversial right-wing firebrand Ben Shapiro and his website The Daily Wire that will see the 38-year-old ex-fighter develop and star in a film for the outlet.
Shapiro has extended the entertainment arm of his conservative website in recent months while consistently speaking out against the “cancel culture” in Hollywood. Carano’s film will be released exclusively to Daily Wire’s paid subscribers.
Carano’s recent activities also drew support from UFC president Dana White, who was asked about her recent firing by Lucasfilm, which is owned by Disney — the same company that owns the UFC’s broadcast partner at ESPN.
“Leave Gina alone,” White said ahead of UFC 258. “Listen, we make mistakes. We all make mistakes.”