When we were children, our parents warned us to be mindful of what we posted online. The Internet was forever, they would say, and the things you post could hurt you in the long run. It’s not unheard of for employers to search up potential employees about their behavior on social media, and make hiring decisions based on what they find. What is mind boggling, however, is the fact that people are shocked that this applies to the incredibly sh—tty opinions from celebrities as well.
Gina Carano, known for her role on the Disney+ show The Mandalorian as Cara Dune, was fired from this job following controversial posts she made to her Instagram story. Posted on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Carano compared today’s current political climate to 1940s Germany. “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 view,” the post read. Shortly following this post was a photo of someone’s face covered in masks, captioned, “Meanwhile in California.”
Carano has already been involved in social media scandals that addressed her anti-mask sentiments in November, and was accused of spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as misinformation about the 2020 U.S presidential election. In November of 2020, she also came under fire for mocking people’s pronouns, putting “beep/bop/boop” in her Twitter biography before later rescinding it, stating that her fellow Mandalorian co-star Pedro Pascal explained to her why people used them. “He helped me understand why people were putting them in their bios. I didn’t know before, but I do now. I won’t be putting them in my bio, but good for all you who choose to. I stand against bullying, especially the most vulnerable [and support the] freedom to choose,” she said. This hardly makes it any better, but it certainly shows that she’s not entirely unfamiliar with controversy.
After Carano’s tweets, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano began to trend on Twitter. While the original posts were deleted, many screenshots had already been shared and spread online. Carano had been warned prior to this incident that her posts could get her in trouble, and to monitor what she said and reposted onto her accounts. This does not seem to have done any good. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, Carano was fired for her social media comments by Lucasfilm, with no future plans to return to the Star Wars universe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carano was also dropped as a client by the United Talent Agency.
Allegedly, Lucasfilm had been looking to fire Carano for the last two months (perhaps something to do with her previous controversies), and, evidently, this last round of social media posts was the final nail in the coffin. On Feb. 12, Carano finally made a public statement that she will be involved in a film made by the conservative website The Daily Wire, working closely with Ben Shapiro. “They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them,” she said.
Here is the thing that people seem to misunderstand about ‘cancel culture’— holding someone accountable for their actions is not being canceled. It’s something that everyone has to learn how to do — some more than others, apparently. There is a reason that we were taught to be careful about what we say on social media, and who could possibly see it. Comparing the genocide of millions of people to having awful opinions is, in fact, grounds for you to get criticized, and likely to get people a little annoyed. Being criticized for spreading misinformation is grounds for you to be scrutinized or fired.
Disney is by far from perfect — from filming their movies next to a concentration camp to their poor treatment of John Boyega in the Star Wars films, and completely sidelining Kelly Marie Tran after the sexist and racist backlash she received, I’m genuinely shocked they bothered to go through with firing Carano. Where was this conservative outrage with all their other controversies? There was none, at least not from conservatives — but they’ll certainly make a stink when they see someone they like being held accountable for their actions.
In the end, Disney is a corporation that owns so many properties it is impossible to avoid. Their priority will always be what will make them the most money — and, to them, Carano was a loss that they would be able to afford, or an opportunity for them to save more money. Whether or not you cancel your subscription to Disney+ in solidarity, Carano will hardly matter — it certainly won’t hurt their pockets. Regardless of how you look at the situation, Carano was an employee of Disney. If your employer does not like the way you represent them, they do in fact have grounds to remove you. That’s the culture that the American workforce has created today; Carano was not fired for being conservative, she was fired because she failed to listen after she was warned about her own social media posts. That’s obviously not as trendy to hop on — after all, there’s nothing that says “we’re being silenced” more than people complaining about how they’re being silenced!
As for her project with The Daily Wire, I can only say that I don’t expect a website that is mostly known for peddling out disinformation to be able to create a movie that is on par with Disney — but what do I know? All I can say is that I am certainly not going to be tuning in; I’ve heard enough people loudly complain that their voices were being silenced. The most important lesson that can be gained from this experience: watch what you post online. The consequences are certainly never going to be worth it.
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