‘Mandalorian’ actress Gina Carano fired after ‘odious’ social media post

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lucasfilm says Gina Carano is no longer a part of “The Mandalorian” cast after many netizens called for her to be fired over a social media post that compared the experience of Jews during the Holocaust. to the American political climate.

A spokesperson for the production company said in a statement Wednesday that Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm with “no plans for her to be in the future.”

“Nevertheless, his social media posts disparaging people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable,” the statement read.

Carano came under heavy criticism after posting that “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children.”

The actor went on to say, “Because the story 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 had to first made their own neighbors hate them just because they were Jewish. How is that different from hating someone for their political views?”

Carano, who played recurring character Cara Dune on the “Star Wars” series, deleted the post, but it was widely shared online and boosted the #FireGinaCarano hashtag trend. His character appeared in several episodes of the second season of “The Mandalorian,” a series about a bounty hunter and his quest to unite a powerful, young Force user with a Jedi Knight.

Dune, who in the second season is a lawyer on a frontier planet, often teams up with the main character to fight an old enemy: the remnants of the evil Galactic Empire.

Carano, a former mixed martial artist whose Dune persona used a mix of heavy weapons and her fists against top opponents, had come under fire for her social media posts that mocked mask-wearing during the pandemic and alleged voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. She also mocked the use of gender pronouns, writing “bip/bop/boop” in her social media bio.

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