Gina Carano doesn’t like woke culture, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The actress got the boot from the highest profile gig she ever had — as Alderaan native Cara Dune in Disney+’s The Mandalorian — for repeated social media activity that didn’t make Lucasfilm, Disney, and a whole bunch of Star Wars fans very happy. On Wednesday, the actress borrowed the voice of billionaire Elon Musk to speak for her.
In particular, Gina Carano posted a meme made from a Musk quote about woke culture. The quote itself comes from an interview the Mars-minded Musk had with the conservative satire site, The Babylon Bee. One host brought up a previous statement the billionaire apparently made in which he compared woke culture to a virus. The richest man in the world, while sitting at a table with three white men, somehow found the courage to say woke culture was bad. Carano later took part of Musk’s thoughts on the subject and committed them to her own Twitter feed (while, interestingly, not tagging Musk who is often active on Twitter). You can see the tweet below.
Gina Carano’s meme only includes part of what Musk said to The Babylon Bee, but it gets straight to the point. Along with calling woke or cancel culture “hateful” and “divisive,” Musk also claimed one of the aims of woke culture was to do away with comedy entirely. In particular, he bemoaned attempts to cancel Dave Chappelle for his recent controversial Netflix special The Closer, when the comedian doubled, tripled, quadrupled, and more down on the types of jokes that lead many to label him a transphobe.
Neither Gina Carano nor Elon Musk are alone in their recent assaults on woke culture. On his The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the eponymous host went on a diatribe last week attacking critics of actor Chris Pratt. Rogan went so far as to say the attacks on Pratt are the result of nothing more than religious bigotry. Rogan said, “He’s a Christian. And pretty open about it. And because of that, they attack him.”
So-called woke culture, cancel culture, accountability culture — or the not yet popularized even-famous-rich-people-should-be-responsible-for-what-comes-out-of-their-dumb-faces culture — first locked horns with Gina Carano in September 2020. Per Pink News, that’s when fans on Twitter asked if the actress would add her pronouns to her Twitter bio as a sign of solidarity with trans people. Rather than do so, Carano at first refused, but eventually — after what she called months of harassment — the actress flexed her muscular wit and added “beep/bop/boop” to her Twitter bio.
Online controversy ultimately snowballed into real life consequences for Gina Carano. In the space of two November tweets, the actress first implied President Joe Biden had fraudulently won the 2020 presidential election, and then shared a meme mocking people wearing masks. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she still had her job on The Mandalorian at that point, but lost the chance to star in her own spinoff series because of the tweets. She followed up that stellar career move with a since deleted Instagram post (via AP News) in February, in which she likened those who criticized her for her social and political views to Nazis. Lucasfilm fired her from The Mandalorian after that.
But the state of Gina Carano’s career is not exactly in the same state as that of her Star Wars character’s home planet. As reported by NME and others, Carano signed a deal with Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire, to make movies available exclusively to the conservative website’s premium subscribers. She’s also trying to crowdfund a Hunter Biden biopic, because of course she is.