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Actress Gina Carano’s ouster from “The Mandalorian” over controversial social media posts sent a great disturbance through the Twitterverse, with users contrasting the move to Disney’s firing and subsequent rehiring of director James Gunn.
Carano — a former MMA fighter who played Cara Dune in the hit Disney+ show — was booted over a post that likened being a conservative in modern America to being a Jew in Nazi Germany.
After directing two “Guardians of the Galaxy” flicks for the media empire’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gunn was fired by Disney in 2018 over years-old tweets in which he joked about topics including rape, 9/11 and pedophilia — only to be rehired in 2019 after receiving the support of several Hollywood figures.
Carano’s firing struck some on social media, including prominent conservative figures, as a double standard.
“Disney re-hired James Gunn but fired Gina Carano,” tweeted right-wing commentator Jack Posobiec. “Tells you everything[.]
“Disney rehired James Gunn after his tweets about the Holocaust, pedophilia, and rape,” he added in another tweet. “This is who they are[.]”
Conservative podcaster and The Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro also made the comparison.
“Just a reminder: Disney canned Carano for an overwrought Holocaust comparison. They brought back James Gunn despite these tweets,” he wrote, along with a photo compiling several of Gunn’s controversial posts. “I defended both from cancellation. Would be nice to see Gunn and co. defend Carano.”
Everyday Twitter users also chimed in.
“Gunn shouldn’t have been fired for the jokes just like Carano shouldn’t have been fired for beliefs,” wrote one. “BUT, if you’re going to set a standard it needs to go both ways and of course it doesn’t.”
A third user questioned whether Carano’s now-former colleagues would rush to her defense, as Gunn’s did.
“Speaking of James Gunn being rehired by Disney after firing him for what they call ‘indefensible’ tweets[.] These celebs openly pleaded for his return: Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista,” they wrote. “Are there any celebs showing support for Gina Carano?”