The Disney-owned LucasFilms production company has removed actress Gina Carano from The Mandalorian amid backlash from her social media post likening modern-day Republicans to the Jews during the Holocaust.
“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children,” Carano writes. “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.”
Carano’s tweet is a poor Holocaust analogy, and LucasFilms’ subsequent statement is a poor attempt to hide its motives, claiming that her post is “denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities.” That’s a lie. The truth is, Disney has a long history of employing individuals who have said and tweeted far more offensive statements than what Carano said.
Disney fired Carano, yet rehired James Gunn who wrote sexually explicit social media posts, some of which mentioned children. That’s a rather strong message, forgiving what Gunn said but punishing Carano for sympathizing with those who share her political beliefs — the side Disney opposes.
Here’s a look:
Just a reminder: Disney canned Carano for an overwrought Holocaust comparison. They brought back James Gunn despite these tweets. I defended both from cancellation. Would be nice to see Gunn and co. defend Carano. pic.twitter.com/ZiUyLPjmMG
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 11, 2021
Gross, but per Disney, mostly forgivable.
The Gunn incident is one of many examples that show how spineless and flawed Disney’s decision-making is from the top down.
Not long ago, Carano’s co-star, Pedro Pascal, made an eerily similar analogy:
Same Movie as @ginacarano, same analogy, though the pic has the wrong date… I'm told it was 2010 under Obama/Biden.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 11, 2021
You may ask what happened to Pascal. Did the pronouns in his Twitter name save him? Perhaps, but his analogy, also overwrought, bashed former President Donald Trump. Therefore, Disney was fine with it.
AT&T didn’t mind either. HBO just hired Pascal to star in the upcoming The Last of Us adaptation, once he gets a break from filming The Mandalorian, of course.
Has Disney changed its stance on faulty Holocaust analogies? If yes, then it must have done so at 8 am this morning. Here’s ABC’s Terry Moran just yesterday comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler.
ABC's Terry Moran Says Trump Has Ultimate Power Over GOP: Like a 'Caudillo,' a 'Caesar,' a 'Fuhrer' https://t.co/7Xf0GQqSD2
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 10, 2021
That remark is allowed at Disney’s major news outlet. In fact, it is promoted.
By the way, Jack Morrissey’s producing career at Disney is said to be looking up.
— NevilleTheCat (@FearTheFloof) February 11, 2021
This fall, the Disney-run ESPN promoted Mark Jones after he mocked Trump-supporting professional athletes who suffered career-threatening injuries. This after he turned his Twitter account into a subreddit for wild far-Left conspiracies and baselessly accused the police of wanting to shoot him during a football game.
To be clear, I’ve long held the position that individuals, public or private, should almost never be fired over social media posts. And I still do. I especially oppose firing people in response to losers on social media whose only path to relevance is calling for others to lose their jobs, which is what happened with Carano. Yet, if Disney is going to open this door by firing Carano, how can Gunn, Pascal, Morrissey, and Jones remain employed by the same company? There is no standard here. Stop trying to add it up. It doesn’t make sense. It’s not supposed to.
Fear drives decision-making. Inconsistencies reveal motives.
The push to cancel/fire/ruin Carano started long before her social media post. Her removal campaign began once the public learned she committed a crime: holding conservative views while working in Hollywood. A November petition to have Carano fired ignited after she didn’t rush to support Black Lives Matter.
Thus, taking down Gina Carano has been in the works for months. Her social media post didn’t give Disney a reason to fire her. It gave Disney the excuse it has been seeking. It changes nothing moving forward. No new standard is set.
Because of her political beliefs, Carano has been walking on thin ice for a while in an industry that is determined to remove her and anyone else who dares to question the radical woke Left.