I’ll be honest I’m pretty late to the Mandalorian party as I just couldn’t get in to it after the first couple of episodes, but I perceived and am quite enjoying it – so I’m still getting to know the characters. The ex Shock Trooper Cara Dune is played by Gina Carano and I actually think the character is brilliant, she looks the part and I was pretty impressed with her acting too. I know that this alone often has people divided but that’s the side of the fence I’m sitting on – so for me, just coming in to the show it’s a shame to see her go.
Lucas Films have however confirmed that Carano is not currently employed by the company and that they won’t be looking to bring her back for future releases of the Mandalorian. They finished their statement by saying that, “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.” So they’re not necessarily saying that she got fired for the comments but certainly that she won’t be welcome back with the company as a result. As a result of the post and the fallout from Disney, she has also been dropped by the agency UTA.
She was said to have compared the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany to the way we react to one another’s political views today. Now on the one hand yes they are both scenarios of persecution, but on very different levels and it is seen that she is either majorly playing down the light of not just Jews but all manner of minorities in concentration camps or drastically over playing what it’s like to be associated with a certain political party today.
Either way it is just another in a line of social media posts which has seen her land in hot water, whether it is denouncing the wearing of masks, claiming that the US presidential election was subject to voter fraud or mocking the use of different pronouns. It actually even sparked the hashtag #FireGinaCarano which was trending on Twitter.
The post in question this time around was an Instagram post which 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?”
This has sparked a lot of debate on social media about whether or not she should have been fired… but at the core of the matter the post was at the very least incredibly insensitive and when you work for a family orientated company like Disney you do need to think long and hard about what you say on the internet.