Outspoken, conservative actress Gina Carano, who was dropped from by Disney, LucasFilms, and her talent agent, has accused the big entertainment conglomerate of “bullying.” Carano played Cara Dune on Disney’s The Mandalorian, but they released her after taking issue with her social media posts.
Speaking to Ben Shapiro, she said “I’ve sent the bullying that takes place. I’m going to go down fighting.”
“I’ve been through so much, and I’ve seen so much now, clearly, of the bullying that’s been taking place, and I saw it before,” Carano said.
Carano noted that this is a trend she’s seen at the company before. “I’m not the only one that’s ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply.”
Much of what surrounds the silence of artists who work with Disney and have seen this behavior is that they are afraid. Simply speaking, they want to keep their jobs. “I could share a story which would turn things around in the media but I can’t because it would sell out a friend,” Carano said. “Everyone is afraid of losing their job.”
Carano, who was an MMA fighter, used fighting metaphors to illustrate how Disney treats their employees. “You know how boxers head-hunt sometimes and forget to go for the body? I feel like Disney or Lucasfilm or whoever it is, just certain people at that company…I feel like I’ve been being head-hunted (…) and you can feel it,” she said.
Disney was not forthright with Carano about her upcoming termination. In fact, she saw it first on Twitter. She said that another artist at the company was asked to erase her character in The Mandalorian and replace it with another, and the artist gleefully announced the swap on Twitter.
“Just a couple of weeks ago, Lucasfilm asked an artist that they employ to erase my character and put a different character in place, and he proudly announces this on Twitter, and erases my character and puts another character in place,” she said.
“All the fans of Cara Dune were just outraged. They were like ‘Why didn’t you add the character? Why did you have to take off the character? Is there something wrong? Is Gina getting fired?”
Carano says that there were a few people who stood by her and tried to defend her in the situation that lead to her firing, but did not name names.
“They accidentally sent me an email, which was very enlightening, so I knew. I knew they were paying attention. I know there were some people who went to bat for me, but I know that they didn’t win out at the end,” she explained.
Carano’s troubles seemingly began in September, when she came under fire in September for “transphobia.” When she was asked to put her “preferred pronouns” in her Twitter bio, she simply listed them as “beep/bop/boop.”
In November, she questioned the integrity of the US presidential election, writing: “We need to clean up the election process so we are not left feeling the way we do today. Put laws in place that protect us against voter fraud. Investigate every state. Film the counting. Flush out the fake votes. Require ID. Make Voter Fraud end in 2020. Fix the system.”
But the final “transgression” appears to have been when she wrote a brief comparison on Instagram to show that ideological divides among citizens should never lead to violence.
She wrote: “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.”
Her character was cancelled from The Mandalorian, her contract was terminated with Disney, her action figure was pulled from production, but she’s penned a new deal with the Daily Wire‘s original production company, and she has no need to be afraid in silence any longer.