WASHINGTON — Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz accused Disney of bowing to cancel culture in a tweet on Thursday after the company fired actress Gina Carano over controversial social media posts.
The former MMA fighter was booted from the “Star Wars” spinoff show “The Mandalorian” after she penned a social media post that compared being a conservative to being Jewish in Nazi Germany.
“Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi,” Cruz wrote.
“She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her,” he went on.
Carano’s firing by Disney and subsequent dumping by United Talent Agency (UTA) sparked outrage online and saw the hashtag #CancelDisneyPlus trending online.
“Disney has cancelled @ginacarano, so I’m cancelling my @disneyplus,” The Rubin Report host Dave Rubin tweeted.
“Stop giving money to people who hate you,” added right-wing commentator Jack Posobiec, who also noted that Disney rehired director James Gunn despite furor over old posts he made that made light of pedophilia and rape.
“Disney re-hired James Gunn but fired Gina Carano tells you everything,” Posobiec wrote.