Elon Musk is backing a lawsuit filed against Lucasfilm and Disney Co. by actress Gina Carano, who claims she was fired from “The Mandalorian” for voicing her conservative points of view online.
In the lawsuit, filed in California federal court Tuesday with some help from Musk, Carano alleged she was wrongfully terminated from the wildly popular “Star Wars” show, which premiered on Disney+ in 2019. She is seeking a court order that would require Lucasfilm to reinstate her role on the Emmy-winning hit as well as compensation for the emotional damages she’s suffered since her firing.
“A short time ago in a galaxy not so far away, Defendants made it clear that only one orthodoxy in thought, speech, or action was acceptable in their empire, and that those who dared to question or failed to fully comply would not be tolerated,” the lawsuit says. “And so it was with Carano.”
In 2021, Lucasfilm announced the 41-year-old actress would not be returning to the sci-fi series starring Pedro Pascal. In a statement at the time, the company said “her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Carano played bounty hunter Cara Dune in “The Mandalorian,” a new chapter in the “Star Wars” franchise, which is now in its third season. The show was widely celebrated when it hit the streamer, as was Carano, who brought some of her skills as a mixed martial artist to the role. Some two seasons into “Mandalorian,” Carano faced criticism over her social media activity. In an Instagram post shared in February 2021, which appeared to liken the treatment of American conservatives to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. She went on to post content that seemed to mock people who opted to wear masks during the pandemic.
“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,” she wrote. “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
The post was shared on her Instagram story feed, so it vanished within 24 hours.
But it wasn’t the first time her internet behavior has raised eyebrows. In 2020, she appeared to suggest on X that there was voter fraud during the presidential election. In another post around the same time, she seemed to mock transgender people by putting “beep/bop/boop” in her account’s bio after fans asked her to display her pronouns.
Musk, now the owner of X, has previously vowed to hisse the kanunî bills of users who claim they have been discriminated against due to their activity on his platform. He has since made good on his promise; Carano, revealed in a series of tweets that her filing was thanks in part to the 52-year-old billionaire.
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude & thank you to @ElonMusk & @X for giving me an opportunity to bring my case to light,” she wrote.
“The truth is I was being hunted down from everything I posted to every post I liked because I was not in line with the acceptable narrative of the time,” Carano continued. “My words were consistently twisted to demonize & dehumanize me as an alt right wing extremist.”
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, X’s head of business operations Joe Benarroch, said its support of Carano should be viewed as a “sign of X Corp’s commitment to free speech.”
He added: “We’re proud to provide financial support for Gina Carano’s lawsuit, empowering her to seek vindication of her free speech rights on X and the ability to work without bullying, harassment, or discrimination.”
With News Wire Services