The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano has been constantly in hot water over her Twitter account, where she has mocked trans pronouns, insulted the Black Lives Matter movement, railed against wearing masks, and spread rumors of voter fraud. Many have called for Carano’s firing from The Mandalorian, but to no avail so far. Recently, Carano appeared on the conservative podcast The Federalist Radio Hour, where she talked about her recent comments.
On the podcast, Gina Carano said, “The whole reason I started speaking out is because I feel like there is a large group of people that were being silenced this year and being forced to play this game of wokeism or whatever it is.” Carano continued, “No matter who you voted for, no matter who you are, I want to create a platform where everybody can have an opportunity. Everybody.”
While Gina Carano says she wants to offer a place for everyone, her actions on Twitter haven’t exactly shown that much matters beyond her own opinion. She was called out for making fun of users who include their pronouns in their Twitter bio, and was apparently blocking people who used phrases like “Black Lives Matters” or “BLM.” Not only that, but Carano’s tweeting of misinformation about voter fraud and undermining the importance of coronavirus isn’t just someone having a different opinion, it can be dangerous. With over half a million followers on her verified Twitter account, stating blatant lies helps spread misinformation.
Yet despite several major attempts calling for Gina Carano to be fired from The Mandalorian, there has also been a backlash of fans supporting Carano. So far, Disney has yet to make any formal statement about Carano’s tweets and behavior on Twitter, making it seem as though Carano’s character of Cara Dune is here to stay. There have even been rumors that Cara Dune could receive her own spinoff series, however, at this point, these remain nothing more than a rumor.
If anything, The Mandalorian has presented Gina Carano’s Cara Dune as a major part of this universe, so if Carano does stay on the series, it’s possible she could also become a part of other spinoffs in this world. Already, Lucasfilm has announced several Mandalorian spinoffs in the works, including Ahsoka, which will star Rosario Dawson as the characters Ahsoka Tano, and Rangers of the New Republic, which is said to intersect with The Mandalorian, although few details beyond that have been given at this time. There is also The Book of Boba Fett, which will also feature The Mandalorian’s Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, but it’s unclear if any other Mandalorian characters will crossover in this series.
But considering the outrage from Mandalorian fans due to Gina Carano’s tweets, it seems clear that Disney doesn’t find her actions to be fire-worthy yet. At this point, Disney seems to think the best course of action is to simply ignore the situation and hope it goes away. Carano had recently said she planned on transitioning to the conservative social networking service Parler, but the platform went offline on January 10, 2021.
As of now, there seems to be no stopping Gina Carano from creating what she believes to be a platform for everybody. Yet if she is actively blocking people she doesn’t agree with, and then proclaiming there’s nothing wrong with having different opinions when she spouts opinions that could actively hurt people, it seems she’s creating more of a platform simply for herself than for everyone.