In a legal battle that has captured the attention of Star Wars and X fans, Gina Carano, the former MMA fighter turned Hollywood star, is taking on Disney and Lucasfilm over her controversial firing from the series “The Mandalorian.”
Carano, who portrayed the character Cara Dune in the popular Disney+ show, was abruptly let go in February 2021 after a series of contentious social media posts. The actress had used her online presence to express right-wing views, leading to accusations of “denigrating people based on their cultural & religious identities”. Her posts were deemed “abhorrent and unacceptable,” prompting her removal from the show and subsequent dropping by her agency, UTA.
In her lawsuit, filed in federal court in California, Carano alleges that she was wrongfully terminated due to her political opinions and refusal to conform to the views held by Disney and Lucasfilm. The suit claims that her male co-stars were allowed to make derogatory statements about Republicans without facing repercussions. Carano seeks $75,000 in damages and a court order reinstating her on “The Mandalorian.”
Elon Musk’s Involvement
Enter Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and head of X Corp. Musk, known for his outspoken views on free speech, pledged to support anyone who faced employment discrimination over their online posts. In a statement, Joe Benarroch, X’s head of business operations, emphasized their commitment to free speech and their financial support for Carano’s lawsuit. Carano expressed her “deepest gratitude” to Musk for assisting her in seeking vindication of her free speech rights.
The Legal Battle Ahead
As the case unfolds, it raises important questions about the intersection of personal opinions, social media, and employment. Carano’s lawsuit alleges “bullying, discriminatory, and retaliatory actions” by Disney and Lucasfilm.
For now, the battle lines are drawn, and Gina Carano’s fight against the entertainment giants continues.