Gina Carano Accuses Lucasfilm And Disney Of Bullying
Carano recently secured a new movie deal with Shapiro's The Daily Wire, a conservative US website.
Earlier this month, the actor shared an Instagram story comparing “hating someone for their political views” to the treatment of Jewish people during the Holocaust.
‘Disgusting And Unacceptable’
Lucasfilm, a Mandalorian producer, called it “disgusting and unacceptable”.
But Carano has defended herself in an interview with The Ben Shapiro Show.
“I’ve seen the bullying that takes place. I’m going to go down fighting,” said the actress, who played Cara Dune in the series.
“You know how boxers headhunt? Sometimes they forget to go to the body. And I feel like Disney, or Lucasfilm, or whoever it is, maybe just certain people in that company, I feel like I’ve been being headhunted for the last, I don’t know, how many months and you can feel it,” she said.
Both Disney and Lucasfilm have been contacted by the several news publications for comment.
The Star Wars Mandalorian series is streamed on Disney Plus.
What Was Gina’s Post?
In a controversial article, the former MMA fighter compared the “hatred of a person for his political views” in the US to the treatment of Jewish people during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany.
Millions of Jews and minorities were murdered by the Nazis during World War II.
Carano told presenter Shapiro that the document was about how people “tearing each other apart… I thought it might bring people together”.
She added: “I’ve actually grown through the experience. It’s not fair on the Jewish community to throw this out there. If you say the word Nazi or call someone a Nazi, you need to have a little bit more respect… so I understand that. I have love for everyone. I am not a hateful person.”
Carano told Shapiro she found out she would not return to the series on social media, not from Disney or Lucasfilm direct.
She also discussed a 2018 tweet posted by her former co-star, Pedro Pascal, which compared the treatment of undocumented migrant children in cages in the US to Jewish people in concentration camps.
“I adore Pedro,” Carano said in the interview. “I know he’s said and done some hurtful things. But we had an agreement after we realised we were a little bit politically different. We had an agreement that, first and foremost, you’re a human being. And you’re my friend first.
“I know that we both have mis-stepped on our tweets. We’re not perfect. We’re human beings. But he’s not a bad human being. He’s a sweet person.”
Shapiro, like other right-wingers, pointed out that Pascal was not approved by Disney or Lucasfilm for his post.
‘Watched Like A Hawk’
Carano responded by saying she was “watched like a hawk. I had a problem because I wasn’t going along with the narrative”.
She said: “I’m a human being, I have so much to learn and grow. Being cancelled might become trendy one day but don’t think when it happens to you that it’s going to be easy. It may be one of the hardest things that you’ve ever been through. But each day that goes by… you stop feeling sorry for yourself. You show up.”
It’s not the first time Carano has found herself in hot water on social media.
She had also previously questioned whether the counting of votes during the US presidential election was correct, which former US President Donald Trump had repeatedly raised.
There has never been any evidence to support his allegations of voter fraud.
She also questioned the use of masks during the pandemic, which the WHO has recommended as one of the tools to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Carano recently secured a new movie deal with Shapiro’s The Daily Wire, a conservative US website.
She told Deadline last week: “The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams – to develop and produce my own film – come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered.
“I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. 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.”