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Gina Carano laughs in a behind-the-scenes photo on the set of "The Mandalorian."

'Star Wars' Actress Gina Carano Speaks Out Over Social Media Backlash

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By Kristin Myers

The “Star Wars” franchise is no stranger to controversy when it comes to its movies, but lately, it seems that most of the controversy has been caused by the actors themselves.

The Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano has drawn fan ire for her conservative, outspoken tweets criticizing the Democrat party, the COVID-19 vaccine, mail-in voting, and mask wearing. 

After one particularly inflammatory meme, fans seem to have finally had enough. 

#FireGinaCarano

Gina Carano and Pedro Pascal play with action figures of their "The Mandalorian" characters.
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Fans managed to get #FireGinaCarano trending on Twitter after she posted a photo of two people purposely wearing masks over their eyes instead of their mouths. 

The post read, “Breaking news: Democratic government leaders now recommend [sic] we all wear blindfolds along with masks so we can't see what's really going on.” 

These kinds of posts have been typical of the actress, although she has been noticeably quiet after the January 6 riot that led to the second impeachment of President Donald Trump

Fan Reaction

Gina Carano and "The Mandalorian" co-star Bill Burr pose for a behind-the-scenes photo on set.
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Most fans were outspoken about how harmful her tweets could be, pointing out that she was starring in a show aimed at a younger audience. 

“Woah, Gina this is extremely irresponsible,” one fan tweeted. “If you are referring to the election, there is no proof of any fraud. If you are referring to mask wearing, we should be doing that and if we all did it we would be able to go outside sooner.”

They continued, “You have a lot of followers and this type of message is not something you should be sharing. You may have young fans who love the Mandolorian and this is not something they will be able to understand the nuance of.”

Double Standard 

Gina Carano and "The Mandalorian" co-star Katie Sackhoff pose for a black-and-white photo together.
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Calling attention to the past controversy that other “Star Wars” actors faced from online bullying, one person wrote, “It’s really disgusting how John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran were viciously attacked by racist and sexist people, resulting in reduced roles and zero support from Disney, and Gina Carano gets a major role while associating herself with those very same people. #FireGinaCarano.”

Kelly Marie Tran wrote an op-ed about the bullying she faced, which caused her to shut down her social media accounts. 

“Pacific Rim: Uprising” actor John Boyega has not been quiet about the way Disney treated his character, publicly putting them on blast for their mistreatment of characters of color. 

Recent Thoughts 

Gina Carano takes a photo with a large blue alien for a Disney+ series.
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In a recent interview, Carano admitted, “I bring the fire out in people. I'm not sure why.” 

She also defended her political tweets, saying, “People need to be ok with having conversations. With having difficult conversations, with having different opinions. What's wrong with having a different opinion?” 

She added, “Why does everybody have to straight go to demoralizing because maybe they just didn't think the way you did?” 

Although fans may want her to leave, it's rumored that showrunner Jon Favreau has been protecting her from being fired. 

Whether or not Gina Carano's character, Cara Dune, appears in season 3 of “The Mandalorian” is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure: controversy will never escape the galaxy far, far away.  

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