Gina Carano has been dropped by Lucasfilm over a series of social media posts that resulted in a call for the studio to fire her.
On Tuesday, the following statement was posted on Carano’s Instagram and later removed:
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.
This was met with an online backlash and people calling for Carano’s removal from the popular Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” where she plays the role of Cara Dune.
On Wednesday night, Lucasfilm issued the following statement confirming her departure:
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.
It has been reported by Deadline that the former fighter and actress has also been dropped by United Talent Agency.
Carano has been criticized over the past months over social media postings that criticized mask-wearing during the pandemic, calling the U.S. election results into question, and making light of gender pronouns.
The news occurs on the fourteenth anniversary of one of the most important fights in women’s MMA history. On February 10, 2007, Carano fought Julie Kedzie on Elite XC’s debut card on Showtime and was the first women’s fight to air on a national network. While it wasn’t the main event, their fight is the legacy of that show and led to Carano becoming a superstar in the sport for Elite XC and later, Strikeforce.
Carano last fought in August 2009 losing to Cris “Cyborg” Justino in a massive fight for Strikeforce at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.