Star Wars actress Gina Carano will no longer feature in The Mandalorian TV series after sparking outrage with a social media post that was labelled 'abhorrent'.
However, the move has also led to widespread backlash from fans, with the hashtag #CancelDisneyPlus now also trending on Twitter.
The US star – who played mercenary Cara Dune in the Disney+ hit – shared a since deleted post comparing the treatment of Jewish people during the Holocaust to the current political climate in the US - specifically suggesting being a conservative today is comparable with being a Jew back then.
It led to the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending on Twitter, before Lucasfilm confirmed there are “no plans” for the actor to be in the Star Wars show going forward.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," a spokesperson said in a statement.
“Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."
According to both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, Gina has also been dropped by her talent agency UTA.
The firing however, also caused some strong reactions among those who said it was yet another example of cancel culture going too far.
“Disney has cancelled @ginacarano, so I’m cancelling my @disneyplus,” Dave Rubin tweeted. “We need to stop giving these people our money and we must build new franchises.”
While right-wing commentator Jack Posobiec pointed out that Disney had rehired director James Gunn despite horror over old posts he shared making light of paedophilia and rape.
Not Gina's first controversy
It is not the first time that Carano has triggered controversy.
The actress became more vocal in expressing her conservative political views on social media throughout the course of 2020, souring the support from some of her fans.
Many noted she remained silent during the Black Lives Matter protests that followed the death of George Floyd.
And in November, some viewers called for her to be axed after she appeared to mock mask-wearing during the coronavirus pandemic.
One meme read: “Breaking news, Democratic government leaders now recommends [sic] we all wear blindfolds along with masks so we can't see what's really going on.”
She also sparked criticism in September, when she seemed to mock the use of trans pronouns on social media by writing “boop/bop/beep” in her Twitter profile.
“They’re mad cuz I won’t put pronouns in my bio to show my support for trans lives,” she wrote in a reply to someone asking about the rapidly-growing controversy.
“After months of harassing me in every way. I decided to put 3 VERY controversial words in my bio.. beep/bop/boop. I’m not against trans lives at all. They need to find less abusive representation.”
She has also appeared on the big screen in films including Haywire and Deadpool.
Additional reporting by Ethan Alter.
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