Lucasfilm, the Disney subsidiary controlling the lucrative Star Wars franchise, has fired actress Gina Carano, star of the hit show "The Mandalorian."
Carano fell out of favor with Disney when she began voicing conservative viewpoints on social media last fall. One source close to the situation claims the entertainment giant has "been looking for a reason to fire her for two months."
That reason came recently when Carano shared a post that suggested being a Republican was like being Jewish during the Holocaust. Some angry fans took screenshots of the post and began circulating her comments with the hashtag #FireGinaCarano.
Not long after, Disney decided to terminate its relationship with the former mixed martial artist.
"Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," a spokesperson for Lucasfilm said. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."
Carano played former Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune, and has been a fan favorite since her debut. Lucasfilm had been considering a Mandalorian spinoff series to star Carano before the scandal.
Almost immediately after the announcement, angry fans began blasting Disney for the decision.