"The Mandalorian" star Gina Carano will not be returning to the Disney+ "Star Wars" series. The 38-year-old actress came under fire earlier this week after posting controversial content to social media, and on Wednesday Lucasfilm announced that she will not reprise her role as Cara Dune in the sci-fi adventure series.
"Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," a spokesperson said in a statement to People. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."
Calls for Carano's removal from the "Star Wars" franchise arose after she shared a series of seemingly insensitive posts to her Instagram story. In one post, she compared the political climate to the Holocaust.
"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 post, which was shared from another account, read. It was made available by another social media user who captured a screenshot of the story.
In another post, Carano shared a photo of a person wearing several cloth masks covering their face and head, Variety noted.
"Meanwhile in California," the caption read.
Carano has come under fire before for controversial social media content. In November fans slammed her for being transphobic when she appeared to mock preferred pronouns by adding "beep/bop/boop" to her Twitter bio. She later removed the words and explained that "Mandalorian" co-star Pedro Pascal helped her understand why her words were deemed offensive.
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