Gina Carano is opening up about being axed from Disney's "The Mandalorian." The actress came under fire last week after posting controversial content to social media, prompting Lucasfilm to announce she will not reprise her role as Cara Dune in the sci-fi adventure series.
In a statement to columnist Barri Weiss, Carano said she learned about the firing when the announcement was made public.
"I found out through social media, like everyone else, that I had been fired," she wrote. Carano explained the last time Lucasfilm had contacted her for any form of apology was last year. "Star Wars" fans slammed her for being transphobic when she appeared to mock preferred pronouns by adding "beep/bop/boop" to her Twitter bio.
Carano said she made it clear she wanted nothing to do with mocking the transgender community but the corporation responded by removing her from all press and promotion from the show.
"That was heartbreaking, but I didn't want to take away from the hard work of everyone who worked on the project, so I said O.K.," she said. "That was the last time I was contacted about any type of public statement or apology from Lucasfilm."
In last week's Instagram post, Carano shared a post from another account that appeared to compare the political climate to the factors that led to the Holocaust.
"Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors . . . even by children," the post shared to her Instagram stories read. "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?"
Many criticized the actress for the Holocaust comparison. Carano said she was left "in utter shock and confusion" by the accusations.
"I was honestly confused: should I take it down, or leave it up? I still don't know the answer to that question, because taking it down only makes the mob attack you more," she said.
"The image for me was a statement that people need to stand together and rise up, stop being so manipulated by the powers that believe they know what's best for you and play games with our lives," Carano added.
"My heart has only ever had ultimate respect and love for the Jewish community."
Zoe Papadakis ✉
Zoe Papadakis is a Newsmax writer based in South Africa with two decades of experience specializing in media and entertainment. She has been in the news industry as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers, magazine and websites.
© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.