It’s been nearly a week since Lucasfilm fired Gina Carano from The Mandalorian, and Star Wars fans remain split on whether the studio made the right call. Carano previously released a statement lashing out at the “totalitarian mob,” implying that her freedom of speech was under attack. But it turns out she has a lot more to say about her current situation. Via Deadline, Carano spoke at greater length about her dismissal in a new interview with journalist Bari Weiss. During their conversation, Carano claimed that she learned about her firing on social media (“like everyone else”). However, she also detailed some of the other clashes she had with Lucasfilm in recent months.
Carano was officially let go from the series after she re-shared an Instagram post that compared weathering criticism for holding conservative political views to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. Of course, this wasn’t Carano’s first experience with public backlash. The MMA fighter-turned-actress has sparked controversy multiple times over the last year for a number of different reasons. One of the most high-profile incidents came in September when she added “beep/bop/boop” to her Twitter profile. Fans accused her of mocking those who put preferred pronouns in their social media bios to support the transgender community. And eventually, Carano’s actions caught the attention of Lucasfilm execs.
“Earlier on last year before The Mandalorian came out, they wanted me to use their exact wording for an apology over pronoun usage,” said Carano. “I declined and offered a statement in my own words. I made clear I wanted nothing to do with mocking the transgender community. And [I] was just drawing attention to the abuse of the mob in forcing people to put pronouns in their bio.”
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Carano previously credited her Mandalorian co-star, Pedro Pascal (whose own sister came out as a trans woman earlier this month), with educating her on transgender issues. Regardless, her refusal to follow Lucasfilm’s guidelines came with its own set of consequences. As Disney+ was getting ready to premiere The Mandalorian’s second season, the studio barred her from the series’ promotional circuit.
“That was heart-breaking,” added Carano. “But I didn’t want to take away from the hard work of everyone who worked on the project, so I said ok. That was the last time I was contacted about any type of public statement or apology from Lucasfilm.”
Shortly after Lucasfilm announced her firing, Carano’s agency, UTA, dropped her as a client. And earlier this week, Hasbro also appeared to cancel plans to produce more Mandalorian action figures based on her likeness.
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