Gina Carano was booted off the Disney Star Wars spinoff, The Mandalorian, in 2021 after a series of social media posts that were problematic, including suggesting that being a Republican in the U.S. is currently similar to being Jewish in Nazi Germany and mocking people who put pronouns in their bios.
This was in conjunction with posts mocking people for taking precautions against COVID-19 and echoing Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.
At the time, she made a show of not caring about being fired and joined the right-wing media organization The Daily Wirein a venture for independent films. That went poorly, and now she’s suing Disney with the support of right-wing provocateur and Tesla boss Elon Musk.
Carano says that she saw Musk put out a call for plaintiffs who wanted to sue their employers after being fired for posts made on Twitter, describing the activity as “exercising your right to free speech.”
Under the U.S. Constitution, the First Amendment right to free speech does not inherently protect against being fired, however. She wrote:
“Artists do not sign away our rights as American citizens when we enter into employment. I have spoken to all my co-stars since I was fired & there is nothing but care and kind words between us. I respect their right to free speech & do not have to think the same on every issue to be their friends & work with them & I know they feel the same towards me.”
Carano is denying that placing “beep/bop/boop” in her profile (which she now writes with commas rather than the slashes she originally used, a format typically used to denote preferred pronouns) had anything to do with transphobia. That was just a play on droid noises from Star Wars, she argues.
She’s also denying the post in which she made offensive references to the Holocaust. She wrote:
“[W]here did I compare Republicans to the Jewish people in the holocaust? I didn’t.”
The post has since been deleted, but that doesn’t mean the evidence is gone. There are screenshots, which are still being circulated by her supporters on Twitter. In the post, she said:
“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?”
Carano does not appear to be arguing that the post is fake or that someone else made it on her behalf, merely denying that she ever compared the abuse and persecution of Jewish people to her plight as an American Republican. The post does not use the word ‘Republican’ but explicitly makes the comparison between hating someone for being Jewish to hating someone for “political views.”
The lawsuit is demanding that Disney and Lucasfilm return her to her previous position as guest actor, playing her character in new episodes of the show, as well as paying punitive damages, according to the New York Times.
See a screenshot of Carano’s antisemitic post below, as currently circulating on Twitter.Pundits are speculating that Elon Musk is happy to pay for the lawsuit against Disney on Carano’s behalf because of his anger over the company pulling all their advertising from the X (formerly Twitter) social media platform.
Disney withdrew their ads after Musk turned the platform into a cesspool of right-wing hate and harassment that Disney doesn’t want to see their ads associated with.
Musk, for his part, calls the MAGA misinformation and malice that now dominates X “free speech,” but doesn’t acknowledge Disney’s right to exercise their own free speech rights by declining to be a part of his right-wing political agenda.
Steph Bazzle is a news writer who covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph. Sign up for all of her stories to be delivered to your inbox here: