Gina Carano, the actress who plays Cara Dune in The Mandalorian, has been dropped by Lucasfilm due to her controversial posts on social media.
Adding to her Instagram story, she expressed that she felt like she had been targeted for her political opinions in the same way that Jewish people had been targeted by 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."
This... bizarre comparison is sadly the tip of the iceberg for Carano. Last year, she shared misinformation about wearing a mask in light of the surge of coronavirus cases in the United States, and claimed that the country's election was subject to voter fraud which is proven to be false. She also added "beep/bop/boop" to her Twitter profile, a choice that was considered to be a mockery of pronouns and offensive towards trans people. Those words were then removed from her profile after her The Mandalorian co-star Pedro Pascal explained why it wasn't a good idea.
"He helped me understand why people were putting them in their bios. I didn't know before but I do now. I won't be putting them in my bio but good for all you who choose to. I stand against bullying, especially the most vulnerable & [support] freedom to choose," said Carano at the time. She then shifted her social media presence to Parler, a platform predominantly favoured by conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and right-wing extremists.
Owing to her latest outburst, Carano will not be reprising her role as Cara Dune, which is awkward as director Jon Favreau created the character with the actress in mind and did not audition any other people for the part. I'm sure they'll figure something out. "Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," the statement from Lucasfilm reads. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."
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