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Last week Gina Carano was fired from “The Mandalorian” after she posted a controversial image on social media.
The actress played Cara Dune in the Star Wars series and according to IndieWire, a Disney spokesperson confirmed that her character will not be recast for the upcoming third season.
Earlier this week, Carano revealed that she was sidelined during press promotion for the second season after she and Lucasfilm (which produces the show and is owned by Disney) became at odds with each other.
The 38-year-old told former New York Times opinion columnist and editor, Bari Weiss, in her Common Sense newsletter that Lucasfilm wasn’t happy with Carano’s behavior on social media.
Carano claims the friction began with Lucasfilm in November when she changed her Twitter profile and added “beep/bop/boop” as her pronouns, which some people interpreted as a mocking of the transgender community.
The former MMA fighter alleged that Lucasfilm wanted her to post an apology written by their team.
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“Earlier on last year before ‘The Mandalorian’ came out, they wanted me to use their exact wording for an apology over pronoun usage. I declined and offered a statement in my own words. I made clear I wanted nothing to do with mocking the transgender community, and was just drawing attention to the abuse of the mob in forcing people to put pronouns in their bio,” she explained.
“That was the last time I was contacted about any type of public statement or apology from Lucasfilm,” Carano added.
GINA CARANO FACES BACKLASH FOR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS, ‘NOT CURRENTLY EMPLOYED’ BY ‘STAR WARS’
She said she found out via social media that she was fired.
On Feb. 10, a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Variety, “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Lucasfilm said Carano is no longer a part of "The Mandalorian" cast after many online called for her firing over a social media post that likened the experience of Jews during the Holocaust to the U.S. political climate.
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The Instagram post in question featured a message in which she compared today’s political divide to the events in Nazi Germany.
In the aftermath of her firing, Carano was also dropped by her talent agency UTA and Hasbro has reportedly scrapped plans to make more toys based on her sci-fi character.
GINA CARANO’S ‘MANDALORIAN’ CHARACTER TOYS SCRAPPED BY HASBRO AMID CONTROVERSY
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, retailer BigBadToyStore noted that the company is not producing any more action figures of Carano’s character in light of recent events, forcing it to cancel pre-orders.
“The Star Wars Black Cara Dune figure was released in 2020 and sold out not long after the inventory was received,” a spokeswoman for BigBadToyStore told the outlet Monday via email. “Hasbro planned for another production run and we were accepting preorders from that production run. Due to recent events, Hasbro was no longer approved to produce any more of this figure.”
Carano’s firing from Disney prompted many fans of both her and “The Mandalorian” to sign a Change.org petition calling on Disney to reverse its decision to fire the actress.
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Despite calls to reinstate her, Carano has already moved on from “The Mandalorian.” According to Deadline, the actress is hitting back at Disney and cancel culture by partnering with Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire on a new movie project.
Lucasfilm did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.
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