The Mandalorian actress and former MMA fighter Gina Carano has been under public scrutiny for her conservative social media posts since last summer, but a new Instagram post has renewed the call for Disney to fire her.
[UPDATE: io9 has received a statement from a Lucasfilm representative confirming that the actress has been terminated from The Mandalorian. “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.” She has also been released from her agents, United Talent Agency. There is no further word on the future for the character she portrayed, Cara Dune, in further seasons. Original story follows.]
Carano shared an Instagram story from another account comparing the Nazi oppression of Jewish people in Germany during World War II to the current treatment of those with right-wing opinions. “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,” reads the original post. “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
In response, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano began trending soon after as fans called for Disney, Lucasfilm, and The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau to fire the actress, who plays Cara Dune on the hit streaming show. This is not the first time the former UFC fighter has inspired such an outcry.