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Mandalorian Star Fired After Social Media Controversy

Gina Carano compared Holocaust to 'hating someone for their political views'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2021 2:40 AM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2021 6:44 AM CST

(Newser) – Lucasfilm says Gina Carano is no longer a part of The Mandalorian cast after many called for her firing over a social media post that likened the experience of Jews during the Holocaust to the US political climate, the AP reports. A spokesperson with the production company said in a statement on Wednesday that Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm with "no plans for her to be in the future." "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable," the statement read. Carano fell under heavy criticism after she posted the following:

  • "Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors.... even by children. Because history is edited, 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?"

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Carano, who played the recurring character Cara Dune on the Star Wars series, deleted the post, but it was widely shared online and spurred the #FireGinaCarano hashtag to trend. Carano, a former mixed martial artist whose Dune character used a mix of heavy weapons and her fists to best opponents, had been criticized for social media posts that mocked mask wearing during the pandemic. She has also appeared to support conspiracy theories, the debunked claim of massive voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, and anti-vaccination positions. She also mocked the use of gender pronouns, listing “beep/bop/boop" in her social media bio, and has shared alt-right content.

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