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Earlier this week Disney and LucasFilm announced that they were parting ways with The Mandalorian really actor Gina Carano in the wake of "abhorrent" social media posts. Carano, who played Rebel sharpshooter Cara Dune in the Disney+ show, landed herself in hot water after sharing posts that implied being a Republican in 2021 was similar to being Jewish during the Holocaust (it's really not).
"Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."
In the wake of Carano's firing, conservatives who believe people should be able to say whatever awful things they want and never face consequences started a campaign to cancel Disney+ on social media. We're only a day into that particular boycott, but I'm not entirely sure it's been massively successful. I mean, a new episode of WandaVision dropped today.
The bellyaching has continued today, with a number of prominent conservatives including Ben Shapiro and Donald Trump Jr. calling for the sacking of Pedro Pascal from The Mandalorian. They believe that a social media post shared by Pascal back in 2018 comparing detained migrant children in the US to Jewish children in Nazi Germany is fundamentally the same as what Carano did. It isn't.
"Hey @disneyplus, isn't this a social media post denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities' and isn't it 'abhorrent and unacceptable'?" Steven Crowder asked.
"Disney+ must immediately fire any actor who has made an overwrought Holocaust comparison," added Ben Shapiro, a man who once claimed that homes impacted by climate change and rising water levels could simply be sold on.
Sen. Ted Cruz also waded into the muck with his trademark gift for nuance. "Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe," he wrote. "Not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi. She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her."
Trump Jr getting involved and tryna get Pedro Pascal fired pic.twitter.com/7jSklUNLJv
- Shitty Star Wars Posts (@SW_takes) February 11, 2021
Finally, Donald Trump Jr. reminded us that at least some Trumps out there still have access to a Twitter account when he claimed that Lucasfilm's decision to part ways with Carano but not Pascal is "sexist." Log off and go play with your dad mate, it's not like he's doing anything at the moment.
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