Gina Carano Was Fired By Lucasfilm Before The Mandalorian Season 2 Aired
Shortly before Valentine’s Day, Lucasfilm broke up with the actor who plays Cara Dune. After sharing a post on social media that compared getting mean tweets to genocide, Lucasfilm announced Gina Carano was, effectively, fired from The Mandalorian. Yet, because the former UFC fighter feels emboldened by her persecution complex (and a new film “deal” with a notorious political outrage grifter), she’s still talking about her dismissal. Well, while being interviewed by a columnist for The New York Times, Gina Carano revealed Lucasfilm fired her even earlier.
First, a point of clarification. In Hollywood, actors are typically under contract, and Carano completed her last one. She wasn’t technically “fired,” because she wasn’t under contract. However, considering that season 2 of The Mandalorian ended with Cara Dune and the rest of the cast on the bridge of an enemy spaceship, it’s very likely that the original plan was to include her in season 3. So, when we say that Lucasfilm actually fired Gina Carano back in February, we’re using a loose definition of the term.
Speaking to Bari Weiss for her free newsletter, Gina Carano revealed when her problems with Lucasfilm started. Back in September, she added the words “bop/beep/boop” to her Twitter bio. When people naturally responded to this move as mocking the way that man people (myself included) put their preferred pronouns on their social media.
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As Carano told Weiss:
“Earlier on last year before The Mandalorian came out, they wanted me to use their exact wording for an apology over pronoun usage. I declined and offered a statement in my own words. I made clear I wanted nothing to do with mocking the transgender community and was just drawing attention to the abuse of the mob in forcing people to put pronouns in their bio….
“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.”
Carano’s “apology” was not so much of an apology but rather a further provocation. She continued to say that her inclusion of the phony pronouns was about “exposing the bullying mentality” of the people who tweeted at her. She then went on to add “you can take hate with a smile….BOOP you for misunderstanding.”
So, rather than apologize, the actor essentially said that anyone pointing out that her behavior was offensive was simply too stupid to understand her meaning. The “BOOP you” speaks for itself. After this, she continued to post provocative things, including posts spreading misinformation about both the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 election. The truly ridiculous comparison of the discourse on social media to the Holocaust was simply the final straw that forced Lucasfilm to make a statement that Gina Carano was fired from The Mandalorian.
Neither Persecution Nor ‘Mob Mentality’ Got Gina Carano Fired by Lucasfilm
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There have been a lot scary words thrown around after Lucasfilm fired Gian Carano. Weiss called it “McCarthyism,” and other outrage grifters rend their garments in elegies to free speech in America. Of course, neither of these things are relevant to the discussion. Americans’ protection for free speech does not extend to private companies. The government can’t persecute you for speech. Your employer can do whatever the hell they want to. In this case, it seems like Lucasfilm was willing to stick with Carano to ride out the public relations fallout so long as she helped the problem “go away.” A boilerplate apology and a little Twitter hiatus would have likely saved her gig. (And that’s a whole ‘nother discussion.)
Instead, overestimating her importance either to Lucasfilm or as a political wit with a cause, Carano remained unapologetic. Rather than showing contrition, she doubled-down on a refusal to recognize the impact her words had. She became more of a problem than she was worth to the company. That’s the free market at work.
Now, being on the receiving end of angry Twitter mob is unpleasant. Just ask the numerous Star Wars actors, like Daisy Ridley or Kelly Marie Tran, who abandoned social media entirely. Or she could have asked Rian Johnson who can’t tweet about literally anything without at least three Fandom Menace ding-dongs jumping in his mentions to tell him The Last Jedi was bad. Ahmed Best, the actor who played Jar-Jar Binks revealed he almost took his own life because of the hate he received from terrible people on the internet. Gina Carano was not alone when it comes to being at the center of Fans With Opinions™. Even Pedro Pascal told her that she’d crossed a line, according to Carano, but even then she remained unfazed.
Girl, You Need Mister Rogers
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Anyone who listens to the Comic Years Podcast or reads the site knows I have a high opinion of Star Wars. I think it is one of those rare stories that are both incredible fun and escapist with valuable themes and lessons viewers can take away from it and apply to their own lives. However, in this case, the Jedi we need is a real-life hero named Fred Rogers. The children’s public television host (and Pittsburgh’s favorite son) devoted his entire career to teaching children (and adults) how to effectively deal with their emotions. In fact, the plot of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was about how the real-life Mister Rogers befriended a journalist known for being unnecessarily cruel in his profiles. Our neighbor Fred knew that mistakes (and the feelings that come with them) were their own punishments. He was someone truly all about “moving forward.”
Yet, two things central to any good neighbor of Mister Rogers are the willingness to be kind and the willingness to apologize. Instead of offering any kindness or contrition, Carano delivered only more aggression hidden behind a smile. Those who tweeted hate-filled messages to Carano are as bad as those who come for every Star Wars-related person for no good reason. However, in refusing to acknowledge that her provocative responses were cruel to those who hadn’t been cruel in the first place. Now she’s allying herself with folks like Ben Shapiro, for whom unnecessary cruelty is a business model.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.