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Fired Mandalorian actor Gina Carano claims Disney tried to make her apologise for her ‘mocking’ pronouns rant

Maggie Baska February 17, 2021
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Gina Carano as Cara Dune in Disney Plus show The Mandalorian. (Lucasfilm)

Fired The Mandalorian star Gina Carano has claimed that Disney asked her to apologise for her controversial pronouns tweets and was excluded from press when she refused.

Carano, who played Cara Dune on the hit sci-fi Disney Plus show, told former New York Times writer Bari Weiss that Lucasfilm tried to make her issue an apology last year when some of her Twitter posts about pronouns were accused of being anti-trans.

The Mandalorian actor and former MMA star was accused of “mocking trans people” in September 2020 after adding “boop/bop/beep”” to her Twitter profile in place of pronouns. She said fellow Mandalorian actor Pedro Pascal, who is a firm LGBT+ ally and recently supported his sister as she came out as trans, helped her “understand why people were putting them [pronouns] in their bios”.

Carano insisted at the time she wouldn’t be putting her pronouns in her bio and painted it as a “stand against bullying”.

In a new interview published 15 February, she told Weiss that Disney asked her to issue an apology they had written in the wake of the Twitter scandal. When Carano refused to use the pre-written apology, she claims, Disney retaliated.

Carano said: “Earlier on last year before The Mandalorian came out, they wanted me to use their exact wording for an apology over pronoun usage.

“I declined and offered a statement in my own words.

“I made it clear I wanted nothing to do with mocking the transgender community and was just drawing attention to the abuse of the mob in forcing people to put pronouns in their bio.”

She alleged Lucasfilms then excluded her from all press and promotion for the show. Carano said: “That was heartbreaking, but I didn’t want to take away from the hard work of everyone who worked on the project so I said okay.

“That was the last time I was contacted about any type of public statement or apology from Lucasfilm.

“I found out through social media, like everyone else, that I had been fired.”

PinkNews has contacted Disney for comment.

Gina Carano fired over “abhorrent and unacceptable” Holocaust rant

Gina Carano was fired from her role as Cara Dune on The Mandalorian after she shared a post which seemingly compared being a Republican to being Jewish during the Holocaust.

The now-deleted post read: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours…even by children.

“Because history is edited, most people today don’t realise that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbours hate them simply for being Jews.

“How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.”

Lucasfilm condemned her words, saying: “Her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

A spokesperson told Variety on 10 February that Carano “is not currently employed” by the company and “there are no plans for her to be in the future”.

She was later ditched by her agency.

Toymaker Hasbro also appears to be distancing itself from the disgraced star. KC Walsh, editor-in-chief of Geek Worldwide, took to Twitter on 12 February to share an image from Big Bad Toy Store. In the post, the toy store said pre-orders for the Cara Dune action figure had been cancelled.

Walsh captioned the post, which detailed the correspondence on the pre-order, with: “Hasbro says bye-bye Carano.”

Julie Duffy, senior VP of global communications for Hasbro, told Deadline the toymaker has “no current plans to create more” Cara Dune figures. She continued: “We are actively working with our retail partners to address existing orders.”

It was revealed on 12 February that Carano will work with conservative right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro on a new film. She said she plans to collaborate with Shapiro’s website The Daily Wire in an open challenge against the “Hollywood left”.

Related topics: Disney Plus, Gina Carano, star wars, The Mandalorian

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