Gina Carano has been fired off of the Disney+ “The Mandalorian” show today. A Lucasfilm spokesperson put out a statement that said the following:
“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.”
This comes after Twitter has repeatedly tried to get her fired. This all started after she wouldn’t put her pronouns in her bio when a few fans demanded that she should to support the LGBTQ+ community. She did not feel comfortable doing so and refused. That seemed to set off this whole Twitter feud that finally led to firing.
A post she made today on Instagram was allegedly the final straw:
“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?”
Twitter then decided that it meant she was mocking Jewish people and the Holocaust, which is not what she appears to be saying.
Meanwhile people who didn’t like the Disney sequel trilogy were repeatedly called names like “nazis” for not like the movies. I myself have been called that and other things. But it’s completely okay when people from Lucasfilm, their fans or their hires do it. Or when Pablo Hidalgo mocks a prominent ‘Star Wars’ fan for crying when he saw his hero Luke Skywalker in the season finale of “The Mandalorian.”
They don’t want to see people being mocked for their culture or religious beliefs, but skin color is apparently okay as the Star Wars Twitter account wouldn’t even wish James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, a Happy Birthday on his 90th birthday, but they could wish Kelly Marie Tran one on the same day. Then proceeded to quote Dr. King the next day on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Meanwhile the Star Wars UK Twitter account wished him a Happy Birthday.
Then there was the announcement of the hiring of Krystina Arielle to host the High Republic show on the Star Wars channel. Which wouldn’t be a big deal except she had posted some tweets that were deemed by some, regardless of race, as “racist.”
While I think some of the things she said may have seemed justified to her at the time, there seems to be a double standard about what is and isn’t acceptable by Lucasfilm.
When people called for her cancellation the media and the Star Wars Twitter account said that people were attacking her, and being racist towards her, and defended Arielle.
Our Star Wars community is one of hope and inclusivity. We do not stand for bullying and racism. We support @KrystinaArielle.
— Star Wars (@starwars) January 23, 2021
They did nothing to stop people when they were attacking Gina Carano. It’s also worth mentioning that Krystina Arielle doesn’t have pronouns in her bio either.
The same account that refused to mention conservative James Earl Jones birthday and would not correct the “oversight” no matter how many times it was mentioned to them. The site that also didn’t wish Carl Weathers a Happy Birthday either says they stand against racism. Well when it’s convenient anyways.
They did remember to wish Laura Dern, the actress that played Holdo a Happy Birthday today.
“We are the spark that will light the fire that will restore the Republic.”
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 10, 2021
Then there was the gem Pedro Pascal had posted when Biden won the election:
They won goodwill back with Luke Skywalker the Lucasfilm Story Group member mocked a fan publicly. Then they doubled down on pushing the “High Republic.”
If nothing else Disney needs to make sure it’s handled the same way across the board. If you don’t accept it from one person you shouldn’t accept it from the others. If you do accept it from some people you need to allow it for all.
At the end of the day Disney should just consider putting a ban on Twitter or social media. That seems to be where most of their people are getting into trouble. Be it over “racism”, or politics, or simply attacking fans. They all need to stop Tweeting!
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