MMA champion and actress Gina Carano joined podcaster Ben Shapiro where she opened up about her unceremonious parting with Disney and LucasFilm. Carano was fired from her fan-favorite role as Cara Dune from Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian after Disney caved to whiny internet trolls following a hashtag bullying campaign on Twitter.
“I’m not a hateful person,” she said. “In fact, I go out of my way, and I have gone out of my way my entire life, not to be a hateful person. And I do have hot blood. But it’s usually hot blood that deals with people being bullied. And when I saw people being bullied, that were silenced and scared to speak, I’m not as — I don’t want to speak, I want to create art, you know, but I have a big problem with bullies. And I have a big problem with, you know, I don’t have a problem with power, but I have a huge problem with abuse of power.”
On her co-star Pedro Pascal, she explained that they became friends despite their very different political views. “We think a little bit differently, I think, through our different experiences,” she opined. “I know that we both have mis-stepped on our tweets. We’re not perfect. We’re human beings. But he’s not a bad human being. He’s a sweet person.”
She elaborated on how Disney tried to bully her into issuing corporate-approved “apologies,” forced her to meet with a media trainer, and also tried to put her on a Zoom call with over forty activists following their disapproval of her social media posts. She explained that they were watching her and accidentally sent her an email where they admitted they watched the “situation” following a post about history. Carano said that she figured she was let-go at that point but did not get a confirmation in person from anyone at Disney Plus. Instead, she discovered it on social media when she read a press release.
She also noted that there were others being bullied at LucasFilm and Disney.
“I’m not the only one that’s ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply,” Gina explained. “They’ve been all over me and they’ve been watching me like a hawk. And I’m watching people on the same production and they can say everything they want, and that’s where I had a problem. I had a problem because I wasn’t going along with the narrative.”
She continued, “It’s devastating, but the thought of this happening to anybody else, especially to somebody who could not handle this the way I can, no, they don’t get to do that. They don’t get to make people feel like that. If I buckle, it’ll make it OK for these companies, who have a history of lying, to be lying and to do this to other people, and they’ve done it to other people, and I’m not going down without a fight.”
Gina Carano is partnering with Ben Shapiro to write, produce, and star in a new film through their partnership with Dallas Sonnier and his production company, Bonfire Legend.
Here is a clip from the interview:
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. Tell me if there is a comic book, movie, or novel you would like me to review. While you are at it, check out my Top 20 Best Gundam Mobile Suits Part 2. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more posts like this one.