Bob Iger Offers Brief Response To Gina Carano’s ‘Mandalorian’ Lawsuit
Bob Iger Responds to Gina Carano ‘Mandalorian’ Lawsuit with Concise Reply.
The Disney CEO had minimal comments on the legal proceedings, contrasting with Elon Musk’s vocal tweets about the company.
Bob Iger appeared less than thrilled when questioned about Gina Carano’s lawsuit. The legal action initiated by The Mandalorian actress aims to compel the company to reinstate her for Star Wars projects. Elon Musk is supporting the lawsuit financially through X. CNBC inquired about Iger’s opinion on Musk supporting the suit and potential similar actions against Disney.
Bob Iger Offers Brief Response to Gina Carano’s ‘Mandalorian’ Lawsuit
“I have none,” Iger responded succinctly.
Carano is pursuing a lawsuit against Disney and Lucasfilm, claiming discrimination and wrongful termination. She asserts that her dismissal resulted from expressing right-wing views on social media. Iger made these comments before Wednesday of Walt Disney Co.’s fourth-quarter earnings call with investors.
Subsequently, Musk shared tweets expressing sentiments like “Disney sucks,” in response to speculation about Ayo Edebiri replacing Johnny Depp in Pirates 6. He also posted what he claimed to be a Disney inclusion standards document, accompanied by the comment, “An anonymous source just sent me this from Disney. It is mandatory, institutionalized racism and sexism!”
Last year, Musk committed to financing legal proceedings for X users claiming discrimination from their employers based on their platform activity. The offer carried an unlimited cost commitment, with Musk also vowing to target company boards. In November, Musk rebuffed advertisers, including Disney, boycotting his platform due to his controversial posts, stating, “If someone is going to try to blackmail me with advertising? Blackmail me with money? Go fuck yourself. Go fuck yourself, is that clear? Hey, Bob, if you’re in the audience. That’s how I feel, don’t advertise.”
Carano’s termination in 2021 stemmed from a series of right-wing social media posts, including one equating the government’s actions against Jews during the Nazi era to contemporary political disagreements, stating, “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. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
Lawsuit Comes at a Bad Time for Disney
The Gina Carano lawsuit contends that Bob Iger and Lucasfilm subjected her to harassment and defamation due to her refusal to align with their stances on matters involving Black Lives Matter, preferred pronouns, and unfounded allegations of election interference. Carano asserts that her termination was based on her cultural and religious convictions. She argues that the company ignored offensive posts from her male co-stars, citing Pedro Pascal’s 2017 social media post likening former President Donald Trump to Hitler.
At a certain juncture, Carano alleges she was instructed to meet with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and 45 employees identifying as LGBTQ+. She opted not to attend, and shortly thereafter, she was terminated from The Mandalorian and other Star Wars projects, including Rangers of the New Republic.
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