Thursday, February 11, 2021

Gina Carano, finally canceled

MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano, who played the character Cara Dune on the highly successful Disney Plus series "The Mandalorian," has apparently been fired for her outspokenly conservative views. From

Gina Carano, the actor who portrayed Cara Dune in the first two seasons of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, has been fired by Lucasfilm following "abhorrent" posts that she made on social media, including one which compared her conservative views to being a Jew during the Holocaust.

A spokesperson for Lucasfilm issued a statement saying, "Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," according to Deadline. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."

Carano's character, the Alderaanian bounty hunter Carasynthia Dune, had a major role in The Mandalorian Season 1 and Season 2, and given her popularity and the way the show left off, it was expected that she would return for Season 3.

However, her employers at the Lucasfilm production company reacted strongly to her recent controversial remarks. Carano shared a post on an Instagram story detailing how strong fascist influence in Europe made it easier for Nazis to persecute Jews by first making the rest of the world hate them. The post ends by positing, "How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?" As Carano is an outspoken political conservative and has attracted negative attention over her views, there appeared to be a clear comparison.

Many were upset by the use of the historic anti-Semitic tragedy being used for a parallel to the polarized discourse that characterizes modern politics, and demands for the actor to be removed from the popular Star Wars show began to grow heated.

Although the offending post has been removed from Carano's Instagram page, it is not the first time that her social media presence has caused an outcry. Earlier posts included suggestions that the 2020 US presidential election had been affected by voter fraud, and a dismissal of rules about wearing masks to protect against the spread of coronavirus.

Before the statement from Lucasfilm, fans campaigning for Carano to be removed from The Mandalorian had revived the hashtag #FireGinaCarano from the last occurrence of backlash against her posts.

The firing made the news over at Instapundit.  As some commenters noted, Gina was fired for talking about Hitler's oppressiveness—and its similarity to US woke culture—by the very same people who repeatedly called Donald Trump Hitler.  I'm sure you see the double standard.

I read Carano's supposedly offensive tweets and found nothing offensive about them.  Look at it this way:  if you call Donald Trump Hitler or fascistic, you're putting yourself in the position of the oppressed.  Carano was doing the same, in her tweets, by noting how the simple expression of her political viewpoint was enough to trigger oppressive behavior by the woke left.  The difference is that Carano's claims had substance:  the people calling Trump Hitler were never once canceled by Trump, whereas Carano herself did get fired from her role as a popular TV character.  The woke mob, to which Disney kowtows, basically proved Carano's point, but they're too stupid to see it.

I hope Carano finds decent work elsewhere; her firing isn't all that surprising as her tweets have been ruffling woke feathers for a while, now.  It doesn't pay to be an outspoken conservative in Hollywood.  I imagine that plenty of people subscribing to the Disney Plus service will now cancel their subscriptions.  I chose to pay monthly subscription fees rather than a whole-year package because my intent was to binge-watch "The Mandalorian" and butt out.  With this nonsense now happening behind the scenes, I see little reason to watch Season 3.  Bye bye, Disney.  You'll be losing yet another customer thanks to your wokeness.

One interesting comment from the Instapundit entry:

Well, that sucks. I’d heard Favreau was fighting to keep her on board. Guess this counts as a win for the Kennedy faction.

Jon Favreau strikes me as a fairly decent, tolerant liberal.  If this really is more Favreau-versus-Kennedy bullshit, I'm gonna be pissed, and that bitch Kathleen Kennedy needs to be taken out by a fucking sniper.  Come to think of it, a lot of people in the woke establishment (Hollywood, DC, the media, academe) could use a 300-grain headache pill.

ADDENDUM:  note that Gina Carano is a strong, self-empowered woman who isn't shy about expressing her opinions.  Her opinions happen to tend in an anti-oppressive direction:  she's for freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and freedom of action.  From a feminist point of view, what's not to like?  And yet... are any feminists rising up to defend Carano against her cancelation by the forces of wokeness?  Nope—not a single goddamn one.  Why?  Because feminists are only selectively feminist, and Carano's pro-freedom stance is badthink.  So much for feminism.  If feminism gets on its knees and fellates the tumescent phallus of wokeness, then it's garbage.  Carano herself, by contrast, represents a healthy feminism.


John Mac said...

Precisely. It is stunning that these hypocrites can't see that they are proving Carano's point through their own actions.

Motorrad said...

Don't come back. Stay in Korea. I mean it, things are getting rough over here. I am reading a book about the American revolution and conditions then seem eerily familiar. Franklin's slow realization that the "middle was a narrow and perilous place" hits a nerve. I've always been a Patriot but I'm getting worried that I don't have enough ammo.

Kevin Kim said...


Pretty dark words. So it's really that bad, eh?