- The hashtag #FireGinaCarano started to trend on social media this week after the official “Star Wars” Twitter account tweeted a post about those lost to COVID-19.
- “Lucasfilm joins the national moment of unity as we honor and remember the lives lost to COVID-19. #COVIDMemorial,” the account said.
Fans responded to the tweet with comments about Carano, who, as we’ll get to below, has mocked face masks in the past and has spread misinformation about the 2020 election.
You hired an actress who is an anti-masker and spreads misinformation about Covid on her sm accounts. Mid-information campaigns literally lead to more infections and deaths but okay.— S. K. (@dippedinwords) January 20, 2021
aren’t y’all the ones who still have Gina Carano, an anti-masker, in their employ????— 🌈🗡 abby 🗡🌈 (@abbymcecilia) January 20, 2021
The backlash to Gina Carano began in November 2020 when “The Mandalorian” fans called for Disney to fire the actress after she shared political beliefs and mocked face masks on social media, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
Carano later posted a meme that made fun of government leaders and face masks. Fans called the incident irresponsible, which led to the new #FireGinaCarano hashtag.
Here’s what she said, according to the Daily Mail.
- “People need to be OK with having conversations,” she said. “With having difficult conversations, with having different opinions. What’s wrong with having a different opinion?”
- “Why does everybody have to straight go to demoralizing because maybe they just didn’t think the way you did?”
- “My whole perspective on this is, I’ve seen people get bullied off of Twitter on both sides,” she said. “I don’t like bullying, and If I don’t stay present, which I don’t even necessarily want to stay present that often, I want to make art, art is my passion, but if I don’t stay present then other people win.”