Disney faces intense backlash for firing of Mandalorian actress

by Peter Heck · Feb 12th, 2021 8:43 am

Last Updated Feb 13th, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Disney company's controversial decision to fire Gina Carano from the cast of its hit show "The Mandalorian" has been met with intense pushback online from conservatives and free speech advocates.

The massive entertainment corporation, whose subsidiary Lucasfilm produces the program, is being accused of applying double standards to the personal expressions of employees.

Carano was reportedly fired after online outrage ensued over an online post she made that likened media treatment of Republicans to Nazi treatment of Jews.

But Disney is now facing questions why they did not take a similar no-nonsense policy towards other, male employees, even those who appear in the same program as Carano.

The title character in "The Mandalorian" is played by actor Pedro Pascal. Several online users pointed Disney to the actor's own social media Nazi comparisons.

James Gunn is the recently rehired Disney producer for "Guardians of the Galaxy 3."

Jack Morrissey is a Disney producer, best known for his work on "Beauty and the Beast."

Robby Soave, senior editor at Reason, also called on Disney to explain its double standard.

"If [Disney] thinks ‘denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities' is abhorrent," he wrote, "then perhaps it shouldn't be working so closely with the Chinese Communist Party, which earned a ‘special thanks' in the credits of Mulan."

The House of Mouse did not avoid Congressional notice either. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) weighed in on the controversy for the entertainment giant, sarcastically digging at Disney's discomfort with a strong, independent woman.

Disney has offered no additional statement on its firing of Carano.


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