Disney cancels Mandalorian star Gina Carano for provocative social media posts – Reason.com
Gina Carano is a veteran MMA fighter, outspoken Republican and Disney co-star The Mandalorian. Wednesday, Lucasfilm, the Disney-owned studio that produces The Mandalorian and other Star Wars properties – have denounced its social media posts and said there are no plans to include it in future projects.
“Gina Carano is currently not employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans to be in the future”, mentionned Lucasfilm in a statement. “Nonetheless, his social media posts denigrating people on the basis of their cultural and religious identity are heinous and unacceptable.”
This statement apparently referred to a recent Instagram post by Carano which indeed contained a tortured and offensively hyperbolic analogy. Carano, however, did not “denigrate people on the basis of their cultural and religious identity”. And while Disney has every right to stop working with an actress who sometimes makes provocative right-wing comments, it’s impossible to ignore the double standard at play here, as the Liberals’ equally provocative statements Star wars members of the cast did not result in any sanction.
Here’s what Carano wrote on Instagram:
Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors… even by children. Because the story is edited, most people today don’t realize that in order 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 because they were Jews. How is it different from hating someone for their political views?
It was a very flawed comment: on the one hand, the Nazi soldiers Absolutely beat the Jews, in the streets and elsewhere. Carano is correct that part of the Nazi agenda was to persuade German citizens to hate and fear their Jewish neighbors – but what happened in 1930s in Germany is not very similar to what is happening in the United States today The demonization of the Jewish people by the Nazi party led to genocide. The media demonization of the Republican Party – which is not directly mentioned in her article, but is assumed to be what she meant – is obviously not comparable to the Holocaust.
That said, Disney is wrong to say that Carano denigrated the Jewish people, or that she is “loath” to make such a comparison. He’s a celebrity with a nasty political opinion, who isn’t exactly a rare animal.
And that’s the biggest problem with Disney’s decision to ditch Carano: hypocrisy. If the studio doesn’t want to work with actors and actresses who make exaggerated Nazi comparisons, they have one major problem on their hands: Pedro Pascal, the star and eponymous character of The Mandalorian, once sent a tweet equate Trump’s immigration policies with Nazi concentration camps.
It’s not all that surprising: Hollywood is full of people with quirky political views who draw dramatic analogies. As Bloomberg‘s Eli Lake highlighted, Sean Penn is an apologist for former Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Benicio del Toro dedicated an award to the memory of Cuban revolutionary murderer Che Guevara. Nick cannon rented Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, loathsome anti-Semite. (ViacomCBS fired Cannon for his remarks, but rehired him after apologizing.)
Carano has at times made other controversial comments: She criticized universal masking and suggested that the fight against voter fraud should be an important part of the Republican agenda. Disney apparently abandoned plans to give Carano his own show after one of these articles in November.
Some preservatives called for a boycott of Disney following its decision. Although I am not the biggest fan of boycotts, it seems reasonable to me that the Conservatives should be upset by this double standard. Why does Disney care more about Carano’s silly but relatively insignificant Instagram post? Ethnic cleansing of Uyghur Muslims in China? If the company thinks that “denigrating people on the basis of their cultural and religious identity” is abhorrent, then perhaps it should not work so closely with the Chinese Communist Party, which won a “special thank you” to the credits of Mulan.