Gina Carano Fired From The Mandalorian<\/em> After \”Abhorrent\” Social Media Posts
Gina Carano, known for playing The Mandalorian‘s shock trooper-turned-mercenary-turned-marshal Cara Dune, won’t be returning to that show or the Star Wars universe at all following her latest batch of offensive social media posts.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said, according to THR. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Lucasfilm was seemingly responding to Carano’s social media posts from Tuesday night, including one that compared holding conservative political beliefs today to being Jewish during the holocaust, and another with a person wearing several blue surgical masks, mocking the practice of wearing a mask during a global pandemic.
But reading between the lines of the Lucasfilm statement would lead us to believe that the decision was reached some time ago that Carano would not be returning to The Mandalorian—or any Star Wars property. According to the THR story, there were plans during Disney’s massive December announcements to reveal an upcoming spinoff centered around Cara Dune, but those plans fell by the wayside after Carano’s previous brush with social media controversy. One of the announced upcoming series, Rangers of the New Republic, seems to have potentially been a Cara Dune vehicle, but Disney announced no actors or characters in connection with it in December.
Midway through The Mandalorian‘s Season 2 run, a Cara Dune-centric episode led to fan backlash by way of the #FireGinaCarano hashtag. Fans cited Carano’s anti-mask posts as well as others claiming voter fraud during the 2020 election.
Carano also drew ire when she added the words “boop/bop/beep” to her Twitter display name, apparently mocking the practice of listing personal pronouns to avoid online misgendering.
“They’re mad cuz I won’t put pronouns in my bio to show my support for trans lives,” she wrote at the time. “After months of harassing me in every way. I decided to put 3 VERY controversial words in my bio.. beep/bop/boop I’m not against trans lives at all. They need to find less abusive representation.”
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