Gina Carano, who stars in The Mandalorian as Alderaanian ex-shock trooper Cara Dune, is drawing even more scrutiny for her Twitter account with some fans calling for her to be fired for anti-mask memes and posts that include misinformation about the 2020 election.
For the fans who’ve been keeping up with the Mandalorian cast on social media, it’s not particularly a surprise. A couple of months back, Carano came under fire for a series of tweets where she mocked people who put their pronouns on social media that, for many, doubled as a transphobic dog whistle, posted anti-mask posts (which she saw as a restriction of her freedom), and shared conspiracy theories. As the votes from the 2020 election continue to be counted, which happens every year but is more noticeable in an election that took place during a pandemic, her posts spread the disputed claim that widespread voter fraud affected the election results.
She also tweeted a post that includes masks as a political tool and a baseless claim that Democrats are trying to steal the election, reading “Democratic government leaders now recommends we all wear blindfolds along with masks so we can’t see what’s really going on.”
She’s also among the high-profile people joining Parler, a newer social media platform that many right-wing personalities have flocked to after being banned outright from Twitter or feel that some of Twitter’s new rules—such as flagging tweets that contain misinformation about the 2020 election or urge you to read the article before tweeting it out—are akin to censorship.
But some have seen Carano’s pivot to Parler as an even further embrace of right-wing talking points. According to Insider, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trended on Twitter as fans highlighted Carano’s tweets and some of her recent likes on posts calling for protesters to be shot.
“this isn’t just a difference in political opinions, what she has done and continuing to do is violent and harmful,” @darthsokas tweeted. “she is supporting and defending white supremacists and their extremist ideals whilst voicing her own.”
A few are even suggesting that Carano be replaced by other characters who’ve appeared in The Mandalorian’s most recent episodes.
Carano has yet to appear in The Mandalorian’s second season, so it’s unclear exactly how Cara Dune’s arc will play out this season. But for the people who see Carano’s social media presence as actively harmful, it might be a tough pill to swallow.
*First Published: Nov 17, 2020, 11:59 am
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and TV/film critic at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF, and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She is based in Brooklyn.