‘The Mandalorian’ Star Gina Carano Fired Over Controversial Instagram Post

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Brianna Gountis

Contributing Writer

Actor Gina Carano was fired from her role as Cara Dune in the Disney+ original TV show “The Mandalorian” on Feb. 10 as a result of Instagram posts suggesting that being a conservative Republican in our current culture is similar to being Jewish during the Holocaust.

The actor and former MMA champion reposted an image to her Instagram story which read, “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.”

The post then compared the mistreatment shown towards the Jews during the Holocaust to the treatment of modern-day Republicans asking, “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”

Screenshots of the post spread around social media platforms and #FireGinaCarano began trending quickly on Twitter, prompting Lucasfilm and the Disney brand to cut ties with her.

Carano removed the post from her Instagram story by the next day, but Lucasfilm had already confirmed that she would not return to work with them. She was also dropped by her talent agency, UTA.

This is not the first time Carano has sparked controversy on her social media platform.

Previous tweets mocking trans-gender pronouns, claiming voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election and implying that masks are a form of government control have made Carano a controversial figure.

These posts had even caused Carano to be taken off of “The Mandalorian” season two promotional tour and Lucasfilm had asked her to post an apology for her tweets mocking the use of preferred pronouns.

Carano posted an explanation that was not what the company had asked, but she remained on the project for season two.

This most recent Instagram scandal seems to be the last straw for the Disney brand as they removed her from their shows abruptly, and Lucasfilm has made it clear that she will not return for season three as expected.

Lucasfilm released a statement condemning Carano and saying, “…her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Carano said that she received the news of her own firing from press releases on Twitter and was not given notice beforehand.

She also made comments saying that she would not go down without a fight and she would continue to speak her mind.

Her removal from the show caused split reactions across the internet.

At one point both #FireGinaCarano and #FreeGinaCarano were trending on Twitter simultaneously.

Some opposed the firing and claimed it as an unjust act of “cancel culture.”

On the other hand, some were glad to see the company finally stand up for their values.

Since leaving Lucasfilms and UTA, Carano has signed a deal with right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro and his channel, The Daily Wire.

Carano and Shapiro recorded an interview on cancel culture and a film based on Carano’s career and controversy that aired on The Daily Wire’s website and YouTube channel Sunday, Feb. 21.

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