Okay, come at me: I am not a huge Star Wars fan.
Ouch! Arrgh! Urk! Okay, I get it. I’m just not. I loved the original movie when I saw it, by myself, in one of the last theaters that had just the one screen. The theater was large, fairly ornate, and when I went to the film, months after it was released, I was the only soul in the house. It was fucking magnificent.
I saw The Empire Strikes Back shortly after it came out and liked it even more, because it had snappier dialogue (thank you, Leigh Brackett) and better storylines. Return of the Jedi was a letdown, as hard as it tried, and don’t get me started on the prequel trilogy. The only three things I liked about those movies were Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul and Mace Windu, and the stupid bastards killed them off way too quickly. The others? I don’t care.
Then came The Mandalorian. I got Disney Plus for WandaVision (so fucking good, but I am an MCU fanboi, so yeah), and with the Star Wars TV show just sitting there daring me to watch it, I did.
I’m most of the way through Season One. It is very, very good.
One of the better secondary characters is, or was, Cara Dune, who was a good-guy mercenary who helped the Mandalorian out of a number of jams and worked her way into being a fan favorite. She was even said to have landed a starring role in an upcoming Star Wars TV show, Rangers of the New Republic.
Not anymore, she isn’t. Why? Because the actress, popular MMA fighter Gina Carano, is one of the most viciously stupid people in Hollywood.
— io9 (@io9) February 11, 2021
Lucasfilm said in a statement:
Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are 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.
“Abhorrent and unacceptable”? Well, yeah, because she apparently is a virulent Trumper who doesn’t think she has to exercise any restraint and decorum on social media platforms.
Carano has a history of deriding mask wearing, insisting that Trump had the election stolen from him by a towering liberal conspiracy, insulting Black Lives Matter protesters, and mocking the idea that trans men and women might want to use pronouns that describe who they actually are and not what they were born as. She also became a minor fixture on Parler.
All of that resulted in a hashtag, #FireGinaCarano, which has been trending on Twitter for months.
But on February 10, she did herself in with a post on Instagram that compared the Holocaust to the “suffering” experienced by Trump supporters.
— janet (@djarinculture) February 10, 2021
Can’t read it?
Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers, but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people 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 for simply being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?
She illustrated it with a photo of German Jews being pursued by Nazi soldiers. Just, no. She deleted it shortly thereafter, but we know how well that works.
(Tim Allen said much the same thing in 2017. Didn’t do his career any good, either, and unlike Carano, he was an established star.)
The pushback was fierce.
She's transphobic, anti-mask, alt-right who parrots QAn*n conspiracies, doesn't believe in systematic racism, and now shares anti-semitic images. @starwars @Disney #FireGinaCarano pic.twitter.com/wi4rbwXwvs
— Ara ? • she/they (@DinsDarksaber) February 10, 2021
Trust me, there’s a lot more of that on Twitter, and Facebook, and Instagram, and and and. Of course she has her defenders, slinging LOL icons and derision as fast as they can scoop their swill, but Lucasfilm isn’t listening to them. (I think that will become a trend.)
Posting Nazi propaganda on Instagram is not a good idea if you want to be part of a huge comic or science fiction franchise. Ask James Gunn what happens to a beloved Marvel director whose homophobic and pedophiliac Tweets are unearthed. (He managed to claw his way back into Marvel’s good graces. Carano won’t.)
Carano could have become an icon in Star Wars fandom, and who knows what else? (She already had a minor but memorable role in the first Deadpool movie. I doubt she will be asked to reprise that role.) Instead, she decided to be a transphobic, QAnon-slinging anti-Semitic shitposter in public. As her reward, she gets to be a footnote in Star Wars history who will likely never work again in any major production.
Tots and pears for her abortive film career.
I just hate knowing that I’m going to see her Trumpy ass in several more episodes of The Mandalorian. Grr.