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Midnight Mania! Gina Carano loses Mandalorian gig for ‘abhorrent’ social media post

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Gina Carano is very likely the most successful fighter turned actor in MMA history. The women’s MMA pioneer and former Strikeforce champion competed for the final time back in 2009, and though there were briefly talks for her to return opposite Ronda Rousey, she has instead stuck to the silver screen. Carano has starred in films like The Fast & Furious franchise, Deadpool, and most recently, as mercenary Cara Dune in the Disney+ hit, The Mandalorian.

As recently as Nov. 2020, Carano has come under fire for publicly posted views on hot button topics like the presidential election, COVID-19, the LGBT community, and more. Back then, some Star Wars fans were already calling for her removal, but it would appear that the message did not quite sink in.

Reposting a TikTok video that compared modern-day division to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust to her Instagram story, Carano wrote, “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.”

The story was since deleted, but of course, the Internet kept a copy.

As a result of her posts and the ensuing controversy, LucasFilms released a statement:

“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.”

Prior to these incidents, it was commonly believed that Carano and her character would return for future seasons of The Mandalorian.


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