A star of the Disney Plus hit show The Mandalorian was fired on Wednesday for a since-deleted offensive comment on social media.
The controversy began over Instagram when Gina Carano, who played Cara Dune (a former Rebel trooper who had become a Marshall for the New Republic) made a post that compared being a Republican in today’s environment to being a Jew in Nazi Germany.
Apparently this was not the first social media comment made by the actress that created controversy. Last year she also received negative attention for posts mocking mask wearing and circulating election fraud misinformation.
Wednesday’s post seems to have been the final straw for Lucasfilm. After the hashtag #FireGinaCarano began circulating on Twitter tagging Lucasfilm and the Disney parent company, Lucasfilm came out with 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.”
Carano was also let go from United Talent Agency because of the controversy.
Social media has erupted today both in support of and against Lucasfilm’s decision.
Season 3 of the Mandalorian is currently in pre-production and is rumored to air sometime in 2022, but it was never confirmed that Carano or her character Cara Dune were meant to appear in Season 3. However in light of recent events it now seems certain the character will not appear in any of Season 3.
She was, however, rumored to be part of a spin-off series called Rangers of the New Republic which is another Jon Favreau creation coming to Disney plus.
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Ashley Beckwith McKellar