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Gina Carano makes statement after being dropped by Disney: what did she say?

Ex-Mandalorian star and Mixed Martial Arts fighter Gina Carano has given comment for the first time since being “cancelled” for alleged anti-Semitism.

Gina Carano makes statement after being dropped by Disney: what did she say?
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Disney’s Mandalorian actress Gina Carano has been dropped by her agent and all ties cut with producers Lucasfilm and Disney, following a social media storm sparked by controversial comments she made on social media. On Friday she commented on the scandal for the first time, making a new job announcement at the same time.

What did Gina Carano say that was anti-Semitic?

Last week actress Gina Carano drew disgust - and no small amount of support, too - on social media and in Hollywood when she likened the Nazis’ persecution and mass genocide of Jews in WWII to hating someone for their political views.

In the post she made to Instagram on 10 February along with a black and white photo of a distressing street scene in Nazi Germany, the caption read Instagram post read: “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?

She soon deleted the post, but not before it had been shared across several social media platforms and prompting #FireGinaCarano to trend on Twitter.

What has Gina Carano said in response?

On Twitter Friday Carano tweeted “This is just the beginning.. welcome to the rebellion” after news broke that she had struck a movie deal with right-wing media company The Daily Wire.

The actress made a statement Friday that said; “The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered.”

“I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.

Daily Wire co-founder and Editor Ben Shapiro welcomed Carano in his own statement;

“We could not be more excited to be working with Gina Carano, an incredible talent dumped by Disney and Lucasfilm for offending the authoritarian Hollywood Left. This is what Daily Wire exists to do: provide an alternative not just for consumers, but for creators who refuse to bow to the mob,” said Shapiro.

“We’re eager to bring Gina’s talent to Americans who love her, and we’re just as eager to show Hollywood that if they want to keep cancelling those who think differently, they’ll just be helping us build the X-wing to take down their Death Star.

What were the consequences of Carano’s comments?

Following the public backlash, Lucasfilm, the producers of Mandalorian, addressed their contract with Carano in a statement.

"Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” the statement said. Adding, “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Shortly after the statement was released the agency who represents Carano, UTA, dropped her as a client.

The 38-year-old actress, who used to be a professional Mixed Martial Arts athlete, is known for her controversial political and social views, having blocked Twitter accounts which supported Black Lives Matter in August 2020.

She also posted comments on Twitter which supported conspiracy theories of US presidential election fraud and was unsupportive of mask wearing, an ideology that has been adopted by conservative Americans during the pandemic.