Recently I wrote about Gina Carano, an actor and MMA fighter who landed the break of a lifetime in landing a supporting role on the Star Wars TV franchise The Mandalorian. She got turfed from the show after compiling a raft of transphobic, anti-mask, pro-seditionist posts on social media, topped with a slimy bit of anti-Semitic propaganda posted, then deleted, on TikTok.
Some people questioned Carano’s actual intentions, saying that she came across as less of a right-wing blowhard and more of a misinformed lout.
I think those people have an answer now.
The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered. I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.
She ticked a lot of boxes: claims of victimization, “cancel culture,” “totalitarian mob,” and “free speech.”
Just to clarify, the totalitarian mob was the one who attacked Congress and murdered a police officer on January 6, not the people who pushed back against Carano’s slanders and slurs and demanded that Disney Plus fire her.
According to Deadline, she “will develop, produce, and star in the upcoming film, which The Daily Wire says it will release exclusively to its members as the company looks to bolster its entertainment division.”
No details about the upcoming film are available yet. Shapiro went full-on idiot when he stated:
We could not be more excited to be working with Gina Carano, an incredible talent dumped by Disney and Lucasfilm for offending the authoritarian Hollywood Left. This is what Daily Wire exists to do: provide an alternative not just for consumers, but for creators who refuse to bow to the mob. … We’re eager to bring Gina’s talent to Americans who love her, and we’re just as eager to show Hollywood that if they want to keep cancelling those who think differently, they’ll just be helping us build the Xwing to take down their Death Star.
It’s long been a feature of the fascist right to cloak themselves in patriotic colors as well as in Star Wars tropes, painting themselves as a ragtag bunch of freedom fighters going up against the liberal Evil Empire. Of course, like everything else they claim, that’s a load of shit.
The Daily Wire released a scummy school shooting film, Run Hide Fight, in September 2020 to generally awful reviews, with IndieWire reviewer David Ehrlich calling it “a glib, artless, and reprehensibly stupid thriller that doesn’t even have enough on its mind to be provocative.” Mostly the film exists to argue that students and teachers with guns can foil evil lone wolf maniacs who want to gun down schoolkids. It was only available on the DW site, but if you want to waste two hours of your life, it seems to be available on YouTube.
The new alliance with Carano raises the prospect of the Daily Wire’s film operation becoming a home for those going against the Hollywood grain in controversial ways. Not that Disney will be too worried about that, however.
My friend, author Daniel Keys Moran, said this today on Facebook:
Gina Carano has gone off to make “movies” with Ben Shapiro.
In about two years, when she’s back in the Octagon being kicked in the head by younger faster women, or in 20, when her speech is a little slurred, maybe she’ll think back and wonder how life would have gone as star of her own Disney+ TV show, if she’d been just a *little* less awful a human being?
Just a happy thought I had.
I think Dan pegged it. Here’s to Carano’s new career as a right-wing screecher who, like Kirk Cameron and Kevin Sorbo before her, will make bad movies no one will watch, spend her time being coddled by the fascist right and mocked or ignored by everyone else, and fade out of public view before Disney Plus wraps up the final season of The Mandalorian. May her slide into ignominy and obscurity be enjoyable.
Be best, Gina.