Last week, The Mandalorian actress Gina Carano was sacked for sharing controversial conservative viewpoints on social media, and now it looks like Hasbro is distancing itself from the fallout by discontinuing Cara Dune action figures.
Specifically, Carano had said that she had been targeted for her political opinions in the same way that Jewish people had been targeted by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. "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," she said on her Instagram story. "How is that any different from hating someone for their political views." In addition, the actress has an account on Parler, a platform predominantly favoured by conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and right-wing extremists. She created the account after she was criticised for transphobia and boosting false information about the pandemic and the results of the 2020 United States presidential election.
It's clear why Lucasfilm was not keen to continue its professional relationship with Carano, and the company called her social media posts "abhorrent and unacceptable." The actress has been dropped from The Mandalorian, and "there are no plans for her to [return] in the future." A shambles, to be sure. And now, it appears that Hasbro is one more company who isn't willing to associate with the former mixed martial artist. Those who have pre-ordered the Cara Dune action figure apparently received an email from retailer Big Bad Toy Store stating that their order will no longer be fulfilled.
"We have been informed by Hasbro that they have canceled production of the Star Wars: The Black Series 6" Cara Dune (The Mandalorian) and will not be fulfilling our order. Unfortunately, this means we must cancel our pre-orders for this item. We apologize for the inconvenience and greatly appreciate your understanding," read the update. Furthermore, the whole range of Cara Dune action figures are "sold out" on the Hasbro online store. It's important to note that this isn't the case for other retailers. GameStop reportedly received a shipment of the The Vintage Collection Cara Dune figures on February 11th.
The million-dollar question at the moment is: how do you solve a problem like Cara Dune? Many a thing you know you'd like to tell her, many a thing she ought to understand. Anyway. Fans have applied themselves following the fallout, and suggested that Lucy Lawless should step up to the plate. Depending on your sensibilities, you'll remember Lawless as Xena from Xena: Warrior Princess, or Diane Lewis-Swanson from Parks and Recreation. We'd be very happy with that (re)casting, but some have pointed out that it's got to be Don Cheadle in the role of Cara Dune.
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