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Who is she? Carano is a native Texan who started her career with Muay Thai before moving in to competitive MMA. Carano then made her way to the screen in the reality show "Fight Girls" and she was soon picked by Steven Soderbergh for his film Haywire. Haywire led to other films such as Fast and Furious 6, Heist, and Deadpool. Her Hollywood success led to her casting as Cara Dune in The Mandalorian on Disney+.
What Happened? Carano was fired by Disney/Lucasfilm and dropped by her agency after reposting a blurb on Instagram that compared being a Conservative in 2021 to being a Jew during the Holocaust.
What's The Controversy?
On One Hand
Many Star Wars fans have called for Carano to be replaced for a few months now due to her social media posts. Although the post in question seems to have been the straw that broke the camel's back, Carano had previously posted about election fraud, masks being silly, and her reluctance to put her pronouns in her bio.
Of course, Carano does have many positive and neutral posts on her social media—many of which include standing up to bullies. The ones in question have a more conspiracy-theory-like feel.
The controversy that got #FireGinaCarano trending on twitter started with fans begging the actress to include her pronouns of choice in her bio. When she refused, fans began to accuse her of being
transphobic. Carano then put beep/bop/boop in her bio, which led to an uproar of people accusing her of mocking trans folx. Carano tweeted this in response:
A couple months later, Carano tweeted about needing to "clean up the election process" which brought her under fire for encouraging her supporters to contest a free and fair election.
A few days later, Carano announced she would be joining the Parler App, the conservative-swinging app most notably used by The Proud Boys.
Carano posted a picture that resembled a mural painted in London in 2018. The mural was removed due to anti-Semitic depictions in a scandal known as "muralgate." Carano has since commented that she didn't realize the picture had anti-Semitic tropes and was hesitant to take it down in case it added fuel to the fire.
Which brings us to the straw.
Carano posted a quote from a podcast that has since been deleted. But the internet never forgets. The post read: "Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors... even by children... Because history is edited, most people 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?"
And at this point, Lucasfilm called for a taxi. A spokesperson claimed "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."
So that's that. Right?
The Other Hand
As soon as #FireGinaCarano began trending months ago, it was met by #ILoveCaraDune and #ILoveGinaCarano. The actress' supporters have stayed true to her the whole time.
These supporters haven't abandoned her now that she's been released by Lucasfilm. #IStandWithGina Carano and #CancelCancelCulture are trending. Many are saying she was fired for being conservative or for exercising her right to free speech. Some fans have started selling t-shirts in her honor that tout the need to Cancel "cancel culture."
Carano herself appears to be doing okay. She recently did an interview with Ben Shapiro for the Daily Wire, a conservative news outlet. Shapiro announced that Carano would be making a movie with the Daily Wire. Carano appears to now be an ambassador for the outlet, with new members eligible to get discounts in her name.
Carano stated: "They can't cancel us if we don't let them.” So it's a good thing you've arrived at the party because I don't think we've seen the last of this actress.
What are your thoughts on the situation? Let me know in the comments below!