Who is Gina Carano?
Gina Carano is an American actress, former mixed martial artist, and fitness model. She gained prominence for her roles in films such as “Haywire” and “Deadpool.” Additionally, she portrayed Cara Dune in the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” until she departed from the show amidst controversy.
Gina Carano was born on April 16, 1982, in Dallas County, Texas, USA. She grew up in a family of Italian descent. Carano began her career as a professional mixed martial artist, competing in organizations such as Strikeforce and EliteXC. She was a pioneer in women’s MMA and gained recognition for her skills and toughness in the cage. Outside of her fighting career, Carano has also pursued acting, appearing in movies and television shows. She has been in relationships with fellow MMA fighters and personalities, including Henry Cavill and Kevin Ross. Carano has been open about her struggles with body image and self-esteem during her fighting career. She is known for her strong presence on social media, where she shares insights into her life and interests. Carano’s departure from “The Mandalorian” was surrounded by controversy due to her controversial social media posts. Despite the controversies, she remains active in various projects and continues to engage with her fans.
Lawsuit against Disney and Lucasfilm
Gina Carano, the actress, filed a lawsuit against Disney and Lucasfilm subsequent to her termination in 2021, following a social media post where she equated being a Republican to being a Jew during the Holocaust. Elon Musk is backing the lawsuit, having issued a public invitation on his platform X for others to participate in the legal action.
Carano is pursuing $75,000 (£60,000) in damages through the lawsuit. Additionally, she is petitioning the court to compel Lucasfilm to find a replacement for her role.
Spokespersons for the defendants were not readily accessible for commentary.
At the age of 41, Gina Carano, a former MMA fighter, depicted the character Cara Dune in the initial two seasons of the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian.”
During that period, she frequently engaged in online disputes with individuals on the left side of the political spectrum.
However, critics called for her dismissal after she posted on her Instagram account in February 2021, drawing a comparison between the persecution of Jews by the Nazis and the contemporary political atmosphere faced by Republicans.
The post stated, “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.”
On the same day, Ms. Carano was terminated by Lucasfilm, the production company of the show, as well as by UTA, her talent agency of nearly two years.
A Lucasfilm spokesperson stated at the time, “Her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
The court filing on Tuesday does not mention UTA, but it alleges that the Walt Disney Company was responsible for the agency dropping her.
The 59-page lawsuit, filed in California federal court, accuses wrongful termination and retaliation in a narrative filled with references to Star Wars.
“The complaint begins with ‘A short time ago in a galaxy not so far away, Defendants made it clear that only one orthodoxy in thought, speech, or action was acceptable in their empire, and that those who dared to question or failed to fully comply would not be tolerated,'” the lawsuit states.
Ms. Carano contends that she was terminated “because she dared voice her own opinions… and stood up to the online bully mob who demanded her compliance with their extreme progressive ideology.”
The lawsuit alleges that she was treated differently from two male co-stars who wrote or shared posts online maligning Republicans as Nazis but faced no consequences.
In a detailed statement on X, Ms. Carano mentioned being subjected to “a bullying smear campaign aimed at silencing, destroying & making an example out of me.”
“Artists do not sign away our rights as American citizens when we enter into employment,” she stated, expressing gratitude to Mr. Musk and her supporters. Mr. Musk endorsed her statement, offering, “Please let us know if you would like to join the lawsuit against Disney.”
Previously, Mr. Musk had pledged financial support to individuals facing discrimination for their posts on X.
A spokesperson for his company expressed pride in backing Ms. Carano’s lawsuit as part of its dedication to free speech.