Gina Carano will no longer be featured in The Mandalorian, or any other Star Wars entity for that matter, after posting social media commentary that has been widely criticised as anti-Semitic.
Gina Carano, known for her ongoing role as Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune in Disney+ hit series The Mandalorian, has been dropped as a client by her talent agency, UTA, and publicity firm, ID Public Relations, alongside Lucasfilm.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” confirmed a Lucasfilm representative. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Lucasfilm and UTA’s actions follow widespread social media backlash, with the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending after a controversial Instagram post. The post has since been deleted, but outraged fans continued to circulate screenshots and call out her comparison of the modern Republican experience to being Jewish during the Holocaust.
Carano’s post included the image of a naked woman being chased down a street in Nazi Germany, with a wildly questionable caption:
“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours… even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realise that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbours hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.”
Carano is no stranger to social media controversy, with a string of contentious tweets last November including the mocking of mask-wearing, and false suggestions of voter fraud during the 2020 US election. She also ridiculed those who put gender pronouns on their social media profiles by adding “boop/bop/beep” to her Twitter bio, before The Mandalorian lead Pedro Pascal educated his co-star on her transphobic actions.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) November 15, 2020
It is alleged that Lucasfilm planned to unveil the actress as the star of a new Disney+ show during streaming series announcements at an investor’s day presentation in December, however ditched that plan after her problematic tweets. One of the revealed Mandalorian spin-off shows, Rangers of the New Republic, was also expected to be featuring Carano.
“They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw,” an insider source told The Hollywood Reporter. No longer represented by a talent agent or a publicist, it appears that this self-inflicted blow to Carano’s career will impact more than just her place in the Star Wars universe.