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Though Gina Carano's departure from The Mandalorian appeared to be only connected to her latest Instagram activity, it turns out that the actress and Disney were locking horns long before the debacle.
If you're not up to speed in this whole... thing, then settle in comfortably. Sharing to her Instagram story, Carano compared being a Republican in the United States to being a Jewish person under the Nazi regime in Germany. "Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors... even by children," read the post. "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." Disney thought it was very different, in fact, and swiftly sacked Carano for her "abhorrent and unacceptable" post.
Now, some circles of the internet were shocked at the speed with which this story unfolded, and pointed out that other Disney stars who've incited controversy weren't subjected to the same consequences. There's a reason for this. A report from The Hollywood Reporter alleges that Carano was on thin ice before she was let go last week. In December, Disney's Investor Day presentation revealed the forthcoming two years of cinema and television projects from the company. These include spinoffs like the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, The Book of Boba Fett, and Ahsoka.
Apparently, Carano was meant to appear on stage or in some capacity in that presentation, but plans were abruptly altered. "She was originally in that presentation when they announced all those things, and they pulled her off of it," claimed an anonymous source, however, another source said that Carano was not going to feature in that presentation and that Rangers of the New Republic spinoff had nothing to do with Cara Dune.
This is a little dubious - although the character accepts a New Republic medal yet refuses Carson Teva's offer to return, we still don't know why Dune hung up her hat as a Rebel shock trooper. If there's room for a prequel or a sequel, you know Disney has dibs. Anyway, the report tallies with Carano's actions over the course of 2020.
She was criticised for publicising misinformation about mask wearing while coronavirus cases surged in the United States, and accused the results of the recent presidential election to be affected by voter fraud. Additionally, she added the words "beep/bop/boop" to her Twitter profile, which was interpreted to be a joke made at trans people's expense. Carano is one of the small cluster of celebrities who have an account on Parler, which is a social networking site known for having a large audience among conservatives, Donald Trump supporters, conspiracy theorists, and right-wing extremists.
According to the report, Carano was "warned repeatedly" by Disney about her activity online, yet made no move to change course. She lost her role in The Mandalorian, her agency has cut ties with her, and even a line of Cara Dune action figures have been cancelled as a result. However, since her dismissal, she's announced that she will be working on her own feature film with The Daily Wire. "I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob," she said. "I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can't cancel us if we don't let them."