Disney CEO BOB CHAPEK Asked About GINA CARANO Firing; Gives NON-ANSWER to Shareholder

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The firing of Gina Carano was addressed by a shareholder during Disney’s shareholder call this afternoon.

The investor asked Disney CEO Bob Chapek if Disney showed bias toward conservatives, as both Carano and The Mandalorian co-star Pedro Pascal both tweeted some pretty hot political takes using a nazi analogy… but only one was fired.

Twitter user @thatstarwarsgirl has the audio clip…

Chapek was asked “It’s clear that there’s a new blacklist punishing conservatives in the entertainment industry. Disney Plus actors Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano tweeted similar analogies of current political events to Nazi Germany. Yet only Carano, who is considered a conservative, was fired from The Mandalorian. Regarding Disney and a blacklist — this is the way?”

Ouch.

Chapek gave a typical Disney non-answer, refusing to address whether or not there was a “blacklist” at the company, but rather pivots toward Disney’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

“I don’t really see Disney as characterizing itself as right-leaning or left-leaning,” Chapek said. He said that Disney was interested in standing for “values that are universal” such as “decency” and “integrity,” as well as in making “content that is reflective of the rich diversity of the world that we live in.”

That doesn’t answer the question, Bob.

But wait — there’s more! Another shareholder asked whether or not Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy was going to get fired.

The short answer? Nope.

Some outlets, like The Mary Sue, said it was “gross” that these questions were even asked.

What’s concerning to me is that this sounds like the angry fanboy rhetoric that I see spread online. These fans seem to think that they know more than the creatives behind the franchise, and it’s frustrating to see reflected in an investors’ call.

Chapek did an incredible job responding to them, simply shutting down the Carano/Pascal response and praising Kathleen Kennedy, but the fact that these questions were even asked is shocking.

Hopefully, in the future, they keep these sort of fan-based ridiculous anger questions out of the calls, but still.

How very dare those pesky investors ask Disney such tough questions during a shareholder’s meeting! The audacity!

Seems like the “angry fanboy rhetoric” spreads beyond just a handful of problematic YouTubers. Seems like some people with skin in the game aren’t very happy with Disney’s handling of Star Wars, either.

Gina Carano was terminated last month by Disney / Lucasfilm after a series of controversial conservative-leaning tweets. Not long after, the plug was pulled on the Cara Dune action figures and the character has barely been mentioned by Star Wars or Lucasfilm since.


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