Gina Carano Wants Her THE MANDALORIAN Job Back; Is Suing Disney With The Help Of Elon Musk

Gina Carano Wants Her THE MANDALORIAN Job Back; Is Suing Disney With The Help Of Elon Musk Gina Carano Wants Her THE MANDALORIAN Job Back; Is Suing Disney With The Help Of Elon Musk

Gina Carano, who played Cara Dune in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Disney and Lucasfilm, with Elon Musk funding the campaign...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 07, 2024 12:02 PM EST
Filed Under: The Mandalorian
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Gina Carano wants to play Cara Dune again, and is suing Disney and Lucasfilm for discrimination and wrongful termination in the hopes of being reinstated as the heroic former Shock Trooper!

Carano played Din Djarin's loyal ally in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian before being fired by Lucasfilm for what were deemed to be a series of "abhorrent" social media posts.

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

The former MMA fighter's posts had been the source of controversy for quite some time before the studio took action, but inferring that being a Republican today is comparable to being Jewish during the Holocaust was the final straw for Disney.

Now, it's come to light that Carano is suing Disney and Lucasfilm in a lawsuit that is being funded by X owner Elon Musk, who has promised to support those who claim they have been discriminated against on the social media platform.

The actress alleges she was fired for "voicing right-wing opinions on social media," and is seeking a court order that would force Lucasfilm to recast her.

In a statement, X’s head of business operations Joe Benarroch said, “As a sign of X Corp’s commitment to free speech, we’re proud to provide financial support for Gina Carano’s lawsuit, empowering her to seek vindication of her free speech rights on X and the ability to work without bullying, harassment, or discrimination.”

It's worth noting that Carano was given the opportunity to retract her statements and delete her posts by Disney, Lucasfilm, and Jon Favreau, so we're not sure how much water this suit will ultimately hold.

“Some of us have been unjustly singled out, harassed, persecuted and had our livelihoods stripped away because we dared to encourage conversation, asked questions, and refused to go along with the mob,” Carano said in a statement. “I am honored that my case has been chosen to be supported by the company that has been one of the last glimmers of hope for free speech in the world.”

Carano is accusing Disney and Lucasfilm of harassment and defamation for "refusing to conform with their viewpoints on issues relating to Black Lives Matter, preferred pronouns and disproven claims of election interference." The actress was allegedly fired for her "cultural and religious beliefs," and argues that her male co-stars "made offensive and denigrating posts directed towards Republicans" which Disney turned a blind eye to.

The actress is also seeking at least $75,000, plus punitive damages.

What do you make of this? Do you think Carano will get anywhere with this lawsuit? Drop us a comment down below.

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Evansly
Evansly - 2/7/2024, 12:40 PM
Was she fired or just didn't have her contract renewed?
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 2/7/2024, 12:40 PM
@Evansly - fired. wrongly
campblood
campblood - 2/7/2024, 12:41 PM
@Evansly - fired for off color trans remarks I think
Itwasme
Itwasme - 2/7/2024, 12:43 PM
@campblood - fired for degrading the holocaust
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 2/7/2024, 12:48 PM
@Itwasme - read a more informed publication.... @campblood
regularmovieguy
regularmovieguy - 2/7/2024, 12:48 PM
@lazlodaytona

"Wrongly?" How so? Freedom of speech protects you from the government. If I was tweeting anything incendiary and my company warned me to stop - they would absolutely have the ability to fire me. That includes comparing anti-vaxxers to Jews in the Holocaust. Which is absolute INSANITY.
mountainman
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 12:56 PM
@Itwasme - Absolutely untrue. Saying that we shouldn’t institute a policy of requiring papers to enter public places because it was bad when the Nazis did it is not degrading the Holocaust. It’s saying we shouldn’t repeat those same mistakes.
Itwasme
Itwasme - 2/7/2024, 1:01 PM
@mountainman - that's a polite way to say what she said and you know it. What you said isn't problematic and downplays the situation. Plus it was multiple posts anyway.

However it really didn't have anything to do with pronouns like homeboy said.

I'm not saying I agree with Disney for firing her, but I agree with their right to. Same for any company.
mountainman
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 1:07 PM
@Itwasme - There were two big “no no” topics she was posting on Twitter. One, she mocked modern day pronoun usage. Two - and what immediately preceded her firing - was a post about how the behavior of the Nazi party before they started the Holocaust was problematic because it demonized groups of people. It really didn’t specifically get into vaccine passports but it did explicitly call out the problems with demonizing groups and compared it to how unvaccinated people were treated at that time.

The comparison is apt. That type of behavior is unacceptable, whether it is directed at a demographic group or at a group of people who choose not to be forced to take a pharmaceutical product.

The good news is all of us that pushed back on the nonsense got it stopped. Less tyranny in our world than a few years ago. This is a win!
UniqNo
UniqNo - 2/7/2024, 1:15 PM
@Itwasme - what did she say that degraded the holocaust
Evansly
Evansly - 2/7/2024, 1:18 PM
@lazlodaytona - I have seen reports on both and certainly want to avoid spreading misinformation.

From a firing standpoint I feel like a lot would hinge on what is within the contract, if there were warnings or write ups of various behavior - not limited to this event and could largely rely on how the firing took place - including specifics on how it was communicated. Disney has quite the legal team and I imagine they were heavily involved with the process.

I do think it is valid to discuss the validity of certain clauses within the contract that may not be legal but are more of a way to deter someone suing the company.

I don't personally agree with her points but she does have a right to sue and would be very interested in the case and how it could develop.

I do assume that she signed an arbitration clause so it is possible we don't hear much about it once it kicks off
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 2/7/2024, 1:24 PM
@regularmovieguy - ok mr liberal
Ryguy88
Ryguy88 - 2/7/2024, 1:25 PM
@campblood - she committed the heinous act of *checks notes* not putting pronouns in her bio.
Ryguy88
Ryguy88 - 2/7/2024, 1:26 PM
@regularmovieguy - pedro pascal compared trump to hitler, which is equally insane!
Evansly
Evansly - 2/7/2024, 1:35 PM
@Ryguy88 - My understanding is that those comments were made pre-employment so that's a hiring and vetting issue if you are concerned with it.

But realistically he brings in more money. The decision to remove her was likely a money based one and they didn't find her comments to align with their mission and she was removed
grendelthing
grendelthing - 2/7/2024, 1:45 PM
@Evansly - No, she definitely made those comments after The Mandalorian had already started airing.
Evansly
Evansly - 2/7/2024, 1:46 PM
@grendelthing - My comment was in response to their Pedro comment. I can see the confusion as I didn't call him out by name
Itwasme
Itwasme - 2/7/2024, 1:51 PM
@mountainman - she said the negative reaction she was getting was similar to how Jews started getting beaten up by their neighbors in the streets before the Nazi party committed the holocost. Has nothing to do with Vax cards, it has to do with what she perceived as abuse - which of course belittled the holocaust and Nazi movement.

She was warned several times, but didn't want to dial it back. It's outlandish and again has nothing to do with pronouns.
Itwasme
Itwasme - 2/7/2024, 1:53 PM
@Evansly - companies have social media policies and can fire you for it - especially in an at will state.
Twenty23Three
Twenty23Three - 2/7/2024, 1:54 PM
@Evansly - she was fired for being a dangerous wierdo
mountainman
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 1:55 PM
@Itwasme - Oh I know the pronoun thing wasn’t the cause for the firing. I also think her lawsuit is likely to not be successful unless Disney decides to settle. Just saying that the comparisons to demonizing out groups is apt and that we shouldn’t have done that during COVID.
Evansly
Evansly - 2/7/2024, 1:55 PM
@Itwasme - Absolutely, she doesn't stand much of a chance from a legal stand point and Elon is throwing money for clout and to churn the culture war
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/7/2024, 1:56 PM
@mountainman - Yes, it compared the treatment of unvaccinated Americans (which is, they got to go about their lives normally while having to deal with people saying things like "You really should get vaccinated" to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany, who were beaten in the streets and forced into ghettos before being deported to death camps. The fact that you think that is an apt comparison speaks volumes.
Evansly
Evansly - 2/7/2024, 1:57 PM
@mountainman - From a corporate law perspective, most employers are advised to settle due to the cost of having to prepare for trial or arbitration. Settling is certainly within the possible outcomes. However I assume they will fight it
TheFinestSmack
TheFinestSmack - 2/7/2024, 2:01 PM
@Itwasme - "that's a polite way to say what she said and you know it. What you said isn't problematic and downplays the situation. Plus it was multiple posts anyway."

I think a big part of her case is that people on the other side of the political spectrum so often make holocaust/Hitler comparisons, often WAY less politely, and they get a pass because they prescribe to the same ideology.
Itwasme
Itwasme - 2/7/2024, 2:03 PM
@mountainman - it will be successful in terms of raising a stink and her profile to some extent.

She also isn't even using her money for it, so I have to hat tip her for that. Lol. Elon needs to back off the coke for a min or two. Lol.
JonC
JonC - 2/7/2024, 2:05 PM
@Evansly - fired for 'distasteful to some' social-media comments which directly/indirectly reflects on the company she works for. you can get fired from pretty much any company for such conduct.
Itwasme
Itwasme - 2/7/2024, 2:06 PM
@TheFinestSmack - I get that for sure. However each situation can be different. Pascal compared Trump to Hitler, Disney may have gone to him with the same warning they went to her with.

Her issue really was she never took the chill pill. She could still speak to these topics, but she was getting more and more extreme.

That's the sort of details we don't know and truly do make a huge difference.
Evansly
Evansly - 2/7/2024, 2:07 PM
@JonC - That is what I remember it as. Reddit is filled with comments on contract renewal. Not entirely surprising
JonC
JonC - 2/7/2024, 2:08 PM
@JonC - it would be hilarious if free-speech promoting 'X' magnet elon musk essentially went broke choosing to pay legal fees for people that could honestly get fired for saying stupid stuff.
mountainman
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 2:10 PM
@ClintThaHamster - People lost their jobs and businesses. People were told to stay in their house. People were demonized by politicians and media (just like the Nazis did to the Jews in the 1930’s), people had their bank accounts frozen. The audacity to claim that this was just a mild inconvenience. It was, indisputably, the largest spread of global authoritarianism in history. Never in history has something of that magnitude happened on a global scale. And then the dorks that defend it. Geez.
McMurdo
McMurdo - 2/7/2024, 2:18 PM
@Itwasme - degrading the Holocaust like Melissa Barrera.
Matchesz
Matchesz - 2/7/2024, 2:24 PM
@Evansly - fired for comparing herself to the jews who run hollywood
Itwasme
Itwasme - 2/7/2024, 2:29 PM
@mountainman - same thing happened in the Spanish Flu, and I would add the word "temporary" to your phrase. That's a big difference.

Any event of that magnitude is going to cause people to lose their jobs. It's creates winners and losers, that's Capitalism. If we don't want winners and losers we should adopt Communism.
mountainman
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 2:34 PM
@Itwasme - The Spanish flu was far deadlier so people took voluntary measures to avoid it.

And no government mandates are not capitalism. Companies taking their own policies can be. But don’t forget the vaccine mandates that companies did were mostly because of Bidens executive order. Not capitalism at all.

I’m a big fan of the free market. When some companies forced masks and others didn’t I gave my money to those that didn’t.

I left my job of 16 years over the vax mandate. Worked out well for me because I found a better job at a company that respects its employees making 30% more.

Voluntary choices and autonomy are good.

Government force is bad.
Itwasme
Itwasme - 2/7/2024, 2:36 PM
@mountainman - what executive order was that? The vast majority of policy was during Trump.
mountainman
mountainman - 2/7/2024, 2:39 PM
@Itwasme - The only national vaccine mandate in the US was done by Biden.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-announce-additional-vaccine-mandates-he-unveils-new-covid-strategy-n1278735

Trump did plenty wrong during COVID, and the top two things were appointing Anthony Fauci and giving him so much power. Second to that was criticizing Florida and Georgia when they reopened.

I hope you don’t think I’m a Trump person because I’m not. He sucked. But the lockdowns were typically done by governors or local government leaders and all the vaccine mandates and passports were 100% Biden.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/7/2024, 2:42 PM
@mountainman - "It was, indisputably, the largest spread of global authoritarianism in history."

Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, and Hirohito would like a word.

"The Spanish flu was far deadlier so people took voluntary measures to avoid it."

And yet, conservatively, 17 million people died. Imagine if there'd been some kind of, I don't know, concerted government effort to slow its spread.

"But don’t forget the vaccine mandates that companies did were mostly because of Bidens executive order. Not capitalism at all."

Yeah, no shit. Capitalism doesn't care about whether people live or die, as long as the bottom line is served.
grendelthing
grendelthing - 2/7/2024, 2:50 PM
@lazlodaytona - I saw her tweets with my own eyes. Can't get more informed than that. She's disgusting.
Itwasme
Itwasme - 2/7/2024, 2:54 PM
@mountainman - yes that affected a lot of employers, but was only for Federal employees and contractors (not even contracted companies). As an employer that is their right. There was never a federal government mandate, it was done at a state level like you mentioned.

Trumps biggest issue with COVID was disbanding the infectious disease group and their roadmaps prior to the pandemic. He then tried to scramble to get stuff together. Remember the whole Jared Kushner run thinking groups made up mostly of interns? Laughable reaction and might have avoided lockdowns all together had he not disbanded the group and ignored their roadmaps due to his pride. Obama's administration had a proven track record, but heaven forbid he keep something that anyone else ever did.
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