Disney Reveals ‘Final Straw’ For Gina Carano’s Firing In New Court Filing

In a recent legal development, Disney has moved to dismiss the lawsuit filed by actress Gina Carano, formerly of The Mandalorian, for wrongful discharge and sex discrimination. The filing, submitted on a Tuesday night, asserts that Carano’s termination from the popular Star Wars series was justified, particularly due to her controversial social media posts. Disney’s argument hinges on Carano’s comparison of the treatment of political conservatives to the Holocaust, which the company deems as a gross trivialization of a historical tragedy.

The Basis of Disney’s Motion to Dismiss

Disney’s legal team, led by Daniel Petrocelli, has requested a hearing on June 12 before Judge Sherilyn Peace Garnett in a federal court in Los Angeles. The defense posits that Carano’s dismissal is protected under the First Amendment, arguing that Disney has the constitutional right to disassociate its artistic expressions from Carano’s controversial speech.

The company shares what happened with Carano in their April 9 filing:

“Carano’s social-media usage sunk to its nadir on February 10, 2021. On that day, she reposted an Instagram post from user warriorpriestgympodcast. The post read: ‘Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi 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?’

“Disney had enough. The same day Carano grotesquely trivialized the Holocaust as comparable to sharp political disagreements, Lucasfilm announced that ‘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.’ A month later, Disney’s former CEO explained that Carano’s views ‘didn’t align with Company values,’ including its ‘values of respect, values of decency, values of integrity, and values of inclusion.’” 

Carano, backed by Elon Musk, alleges that her dismissal was not only wrongful but also discriminated against her sex. She claims her statements were manipulated to paint her as an extremist, which led to her being ostracized from the Star Wars franchise and seeking damages and reinstatement in her role as Cara Dune, the Rebel ranger.

The Controversial Post and Disney’s Response

The conflict reached its zenith on February 10, 2021, when Carano shared a post on Instagram that equated the Nazi persecution of Jews with contemporary political divisions. Disney responded swiftly, distancing itself from Carano and emphasizing that her views did not align with the company’s principles of respect, decency, integrity, and inclusion.

Since her departure from The Mandalorian, Carano has collaborated with The Daily Wire’s production company, starring in projects like Terror on the Prairie and My Son Hunter, distributed by Breitbart News.

Impact on The Mandalorian and Future Projects

Carano’s exit from The Mandalorian has not only stirred legal battles but also sparked discussions about the implications for the show’s future. While a fourth season remains uncertain, a Jon Favreau-directed feature, The Mandalorian & Grogu, is slated for a May 2026 release, indicating the franchise’s continued expansion despite the controversy.

Wrapping Up

This lawsuit and the ensuing debate underscore the complex interplay between freedom of speech, corporate values, and the responsibilities of public figures. As the legal proceedings unfold, the outcome may set a significant precedent for how entertainment companies address and manage the public conduct of their talent.

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