After comparing being a Republican in the 2021 United States to being a Jewish person in 1930s Nazi Germany, The Mandalorian actress and former UFC star Gina Carano has been fired by Lucasfilm and will no longer play Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune in the acclaimed Disney+ series. Carano has also been dropped by her talent agency UTA.
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, a rep for Lucasfilm called Carano’s recent comments “abhorrent and unacceptable” and confirmed that Carano is no longer employed by the iconic entertainment company.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm representative said in a Wednesday statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Not only was Carano in line to continue to feature in The Mandalorian, but she was also set to star in the upcoming Disney+ series Rangers of the New Republic. At this time, it is unclear if the Cara Dune character will be recast or simply written out of the Star Wars universe.
Carano’s comments about Nazi Germany weren’t her first offensive social media posts — in fact, fans have been calling for her firing for some time, as she’s routinely shared conspiracy theories on her social media, including posts that mocked wearing masks during the pandemic, making fun of people who share their pronouns on their social media pages, and has also falsely claimed unproven voter fraud affected the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.
Naturally, once news finally came down that Lucasfilm had wisely let Carano go, social media exploded in celebration:
— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) February 11, 2021
'The Mandalorian' characters with more acting range than Gina Carano as Cara Dune pic.twitter.com/1XuZUCQUxP
— Zach (@mytweetsmid) February 11, 2021
My partner making this immediately after seeing the Gina Carano memes. pic.twitter.com/h636Xb7hKI
— Abby Ramsay🌸 (@AbbyRamsay) February 11, 2021
I just woke up and the first thing I see is that Disney fired Gina Carano pic.twitter.com/QDVc0zlDwS
— Czesio | Trilla simp (@DarthCzesio) February 11, 2021
pedro pascal, oscar isaac, and john boyega FaceTiming each other rn laughing at gina carano pic.twitter.com/ht70f2MLih
— Khourey (@KhoureyD) February 11, 2021
Gina Carano is neither a big enough star nor a good enough actress to keep putting up with all the toxic baggage she brings. Lucasfilm doesn't need her to make Rangers of the New Republic work.
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) February 10, 2021
Me and the boys seeing all these "We love Gina Carano" tweets pic.twitter.com/WPgfU826fR
— The Trash (@dudenameddude97) February 11, 2021
Grogu was the first one to catch onto Gina Carano 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/XT8dx2RBbI
— peanut (@daisyjediridley) February 11, 2021
— Sara✵💚 (@sasadjarin) February 11, 2021
Venn diagram of guys complaining about Gina Carano being “cancelled” and guys originally objecting to having a strong female character in a Star War pic.twitter.com/EWk02KoQtN
— James Moran (@jamesmoran) February 11, 2021
LOL oh no how can The Mandalorian ever recover after losing the Strasberg-caliber acting of… Gina Carano
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) February 11, 2021
At this time, the Gina Carano-less (!) third season of The Mandalorian is set to begin production this Spring ahead of its early 2022 release date. As for where Carano goes from here, wherever it is, hopefully, it was worth losing a role on television’s most successful series because she simply could not keep her opinions to herself.
Unsurprisingly, there were some holdouts on Twitter who believed Carano didn’t deserve to be canned:
Dang man this suck. I don't think @GinaCarano should have been fired! I keep searching for a smoking gun tweet that would get her fired & cant find it. Yes she's posted dumb crap. But so did James Gunn & they hired him back. Maybe Gina can just apologize and we can get back Cara?
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) February 11, 2021