Cancel Culture Goes Hollywood: Lucasfilm Fires Actress Gina Carano

Usually, I don’t care what happens in Hollywood. After all, it is the epitome of La La Land, where up is down, right is wrong, and leftists are always right.

But yesterday, I read that Lucasfilm fired actress Gina Carano for a social media post that her critics insisted was anti-Semitic.

It wasn’t.

Instead, it was another example of the left shutting down an American’s opinion about what is happening in our country today—namely, “canceling” anybody who dares oppose the left-wing, socialist narrative that is currently infecting this nation.

Before I go any further, I should probably tell you the horrendous sin committed by the 38-year-old Lucasfilm actress who played Cara Dune on Disney’s popular Star Wars series, “The Mandalorian.”

Here is the Tweet that Carano’s leftist critics called: “abhorrent and unacceptable:”

The point she was making seems perfectly valid to me.

In today’s politically partitioned America, some in the Democrat Party are insisting that Republicans who voted for Donald Trump be rounded up, put into concentration camps, and “deprogrammed.” In addition, Democrat lawmakers in Washington suggest that the Federal government create a new “domestic anti-terror police force” to round up those they consider domestic terrorists and enemies of the state.

Anybody who knows even a modicum of world history can see parallels between what Democrats are calling for and Nazi Germany in which political opponents and so-called “enemies of the state” (Jews, Gypsies, Communists, Socialists, etc.) were rounded up by Germany’s Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo) and put into concentration camps.

So what Gina Carano is suggesting in her tweet seems perfectly logical and on target to me.

I do not know Gina Carano. I have seen her in only one movie, “Haywire,” in which she played a tough as nails intelligence operative who kicked ass and didn’t take names. I thought she did a great job in that film.

Okay, Katherine Hepburn or Meryl Streep, she isn’t. But she sure as hell is an American, and as such, she has a perfect right to express her opinion in public or elsewhere without being shut down, fired, and “canceled” by leftist hypocrites.

Why do I say, leftist hypocrites? Because Carano’s co-star on “The Mandalorian” (Pedro Pascal) tweeted the following in 2018 and nary a hair on his curly head was mussed by the left:

In that tweet, Pascal compares former President Trump’s immigration policies to the Holocaust. The tweet leaves out important context. The “kids in cages” narrative surrounding Trump’s policies was misleading, given that the Obama administration built the facilities in which migrants were held under Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policies.

Why is there no comparable outrage over Pascal’s tweet? Why isn’t anyone calling for him to be fired? Why haven’t they accused him of anti-Semitism or white supremacy for his Holocaust comparison?

Why? Because Pascal is not an adherent to the conservative persuasion. I assume, like most actors in Hollywood these days, Pascal like the Tower of Pisa leans left. Even if he had posted that tweet in black face or with a Menorah perched on his head, I suspect Pascal’s leftist comrades in Hollywood would ignore the slight.

Poor Gina Carano will never get such absolution for her only sin: that of being a conservative actress in the leftist swamp called Hollywood.

Gina Carano in Happier Times

Yes, Carano is an outspoken woman. So what? In fact, her most recent tweet was just the latest in a series of social media controversies created by the actress’s frank and blunt nature.

Good for her!

Last September, when social media demanded Carano add pronouns to her bio to “support trans lives,” she jokingly added the words “boop/bop/beep” to her Twitter name.

“They’re mad cuz I won’t put pronouns in my bio to show my support for trans lives, after months of harassing me in every way. I decided to put 3 VERY controversial words in my bio…beep/bop/boop,” she tweeted in response to the criticism. “I’m not against trans lives at all. They need to find less abusive representation.”

Carano’s leftist critics insisted that her tweet was “transphobic.”

God Help Us!

In subsequent social media posts, Carano tweeted a meme questioning COVID-19 mask mandates, made comments calling for laws to increase election security, and “liked” social media posts that made the rational point that Black Lives Matter probably shouldn’t riot if they want people to sympathize with their cause.

All of that was just too much for Carano’s faultfinders and detractors. Each of her social media posts resulted in opponents calling for Carano to be fired.

I guess the outcry finally reached such a vociferous intensity that Lucasfilm had no choice but to cave into the self-appointed censors and arbiters of the left’s groupthink.

Wednesday, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm confirmed that Carano was no longer employed by the Disney-owned company. The cheering by socialists and leftists after news broke that Carano had been canned by Lucasfilm was cacophonous.

But mostly, it was a sad sign of the times as America careens further toward the Orwellian socialist state that Democrats desire for our Republic where once upon a time, citizens could speak their minds without fear of retribution by the state or self-appointed thought police.

I suspect Carano will not go quietly into the night. She is, after all, a former mixed martial artist (MMA) who compiled a 7-1 record and who was once considered the “face of women’s MMA.”

So carry on, Ms. Carano. Even if your solitary voice comes from the hostile depths of Hollywood’s narrow-minded and blinkered badlands of socialists and leftists, it is one that needs to be heard.

As the ancient Romans used to say: “Audacia pro muro et scuto opus” (Boldness is our wall, action is our shield).




About Ronald E. Yates

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