Ever since Lucasfilm (under The Walt Disney Company) fired actress Gina Carano after her recent controversial tweet, she has been a trending topic of discussion with fans both agreeing and disagreeing with her removal. And now the actress is sharing her thoughts on the sudden decision and how she has been “bullied” for an act which others on The Mandalorian have also committed in the past.
Gina Carano came to know of her firing via social media
Recently, she shared with Common Sense with Bari Weiss, that she learned of Lucasfilm’s decision to fire her via social media.
“That was heartbreaking, but I didn’t want to take away from the hard work of everyone who worked on the project, so I said ok. That was the last time I was contacted about any type of public statement or apology from Lucasfilm. I found out through social media, like everyone else, that I had been fired,” Gina Carano had shared.
Gina Carano claims her tweets weren’t intentionally controversial
While Disney had been planning to fire Carano ever since November, what set it in motion was her recent Instagram post wherein she compared being Republican in today’s turbulent times to being a Jew at the time of the Holocaust. In a recent interview with Ben Shapiro, she shared that her message has been perceived wrongly as her post was “inspired by the gentle spirit of the Jewish people going through that time.”
“When I posted that it wasn’t something that I felt was controversial. It was something that I thought, well, maybe all of us need to ask ourselves how that happened,” Gina Carano explained.
“I’ve got every single big publication saying she’s comparing conservatives and Republicans to this and that’s not really what I was doing… I have love for everyone; I’m not a hateful person,” she added.
While Disney kept mum about its plans, Gina Carano already had an inkling of what could happen
“They accidentally sent me an email, which was very enlightening, so I knew. I knew they were paying attention. I know there were some people who went to bat for me, but I know that they didn’t win out at the end,” she said. She further added that she is not the only one who has said something which is politically controversial as The Mandalorian star, Pedro Pascal too posted a tweet in 2018 wherein he said that in the U.S., undocumented children in cages is akin to the Jews who were tortured in concentration camps.
But Pascal was never held accountable for exercising his freedom of speech– an ambiguous partiality that Gina Carano claims Disney and Lucasfilm is habitual of. While Pascal was afforded the benefit of the doubt, the same treatment wasn’t reserved for Carano whose posts were deemed “abhorrent and unacceptable” by the production company.
“They’ve been all over me and they’ve been watching me like a hawk, and I’m watching people on the same production and they can say everything they want, and that’s where I had a problem. I had a problem because I wasn’t going along with the narrative,” Gina Carano said.
“I’m not the only one that’s ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply. I could share a story which would turn things around in the media but I can’t because it would sell out a friend… everyone is afraid of losing their job,” she added.