Wednesday, February 28

Gina Carano, Backed By Elon Musk, Sues Disney For Termination From The Mandalorian

Highlights

  • Former MMA fighter Gina Carano files discrimination lawsuit against Disney and Lucasfilm, alleging her firing was due to expressing right-wing views on social media.
  • Elon Musk supports Carano’s legal action, fulfilling his pledge to fund legal expenses for those facing discrimination over social media activity.
  • Carano alleges social media bullying and harassment from Disney/Lucasfilm over her views, while her male co-stars faced no consequences for expressing their opinions.


Former MMA Fighter Gina Carano Files Discrimination and Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against Disney and Lucasfilm Over Star Wars Firing. Carano, known for her role in The Mandalorian, submitted the lawsuit in a California federal court on Tuesday. She alleges her dismissal stemmed from expressing right-wing views on social media.

Seeking a court order for reinstatement, Carano’s legal action is supported by Elon Musk, owner of X. Lucasfilm announced her departure from the series in 2021 following controversial social media posts.

Carano said, “most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Naxi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”

The lawsuit marks the culmination of a series of controversial social media posts by the former MMA fighter, sparking criticism for her right-wing stances on divisive topics. Carano, no longer represented by UTA after the fallout, has previously ridiculed COVID-19 mask mandates and propagated unfounded claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.


Elon Musk Backs Gina Carano By Funding Her Lawsuit

The Controversial Billionaire Said It’s Because She Shared Her Views On His Platform

Elon Musk, the owner of X, has thrown his support behind Carano’s lawsuit, fulfilling his previous pledge to cover legal expenses for individuals facing discrimination due to their social media activity. Musk’s commitment to free speech led X Corp to provide financial backing for Carano’s case, aiming to defend her rights and combat workplace mistreatment.

“If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill,” Musk wrote on Twitter last year.

Despite rumors of her involvement in a Star Wars spinoff, the project was ultimately shelved, and her character received only a passing mention in The Mandalorian’s third season. Carano alleges in her lawsuit that she faced social media bullying and harassment from Disney/Lucasfilm over her views on various issues, including Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 mandates, while her male co-stars were reportedly unaffected despite expressing their opinions freely. She expressed gratitude for X’s support, highlighting the company’s dedication to preserving free speech.

“Some of us have been unjustly singled out, harassed, persecuted and had our livelihoods stripped away because we dared to encourage conversation, asked questions, and refused to go along with the mob,” Carano said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I am honored that my case has been chosen to be supported by the company [X] that has been one of the last glimmers of hope for free speech in the world.”

Carano seeks both reinstatement in her role and financial compensation, including punitive damages totaling at least $75,000.

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