Former “Star Wars” actress Gina Carano has been paying close attention to the controversy surrounding Whoopi Goldberg.
On Monday, Whoopi and her “The View” cohosts were talking about the controversial banning of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus” in schools. During the discussion, Goldberg said that the Holocaust “was not about race,” which caused the Anti-Defamation League and many other organizations to speak out.
Although Whoopi apologized and said that she “misspoke,” ABC President Kim Goodwin issued Whoopi a two-week suspension from the show. However, there are some who say that a suspension was unnecessary… including former “The Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano.
Gina Carano Is No Stranger To Controversy
Gina Carano made headlines when she was fired by Lucasfilm after posting a series of controversial tweets.
After backing claims of alleged voter fraud in the 2020 election, Carano continued to mock mask-wearing and has been particularly vocal on Twitter about the dangers of vaccines, claiming that the “Biden mandates are murdering these people.”
Just like Whoopi came under fire for saying that the Holocaust isn’t about race, Carano was fired shortly after she shared a post comparing conservatives to how Jews were treated during the Holocaust.
The now-deleted post read: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.”
In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, a Lucasfilm spokesperson addressed the controversy by saying that the former MMA fighter-turned-actress was no longer welcome at Disney.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” he said. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Gina Carano: ‘Two Weeks To Slow The Double Standards’
Gina Carano took to Twitter to point out how Whoopi Goldberg was suspended, whereas she was “canceled.” “The View” is on ABC and ABC is owned by Disney, so both actresses were subject to the same parent company.
In one tweet, Carano addressed the controversy by tweeting, “Two weeks to slow the double standards.”
Two weeks to slow the double standards.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) February 2, 2022
Later that night, she took to social media to provide a longer statement. “I want to send blessings & love out to the Jewish community,” she began. “When I was being smeared, cancelled & misunderstood, it was a Jewish man @benshapiro who reached out & asked if I’d like to talk about it.”
“Maybe @WhoopiGoldberg could talk to Ben,” she added. “Conversation over cancellation.”
I want to send blessings & love out to the Jewish community. ❤️
When I was being smeared, cancelled & misunderstood, it was a Jewish man @benshapiro who reached out & asked if I’d like to talk about it.
Maybe @WhoopiGoldberg could talk to Ben.
Conversation over cancellation.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) February 3, 2022
Fans Weigh In On Both Sides Of The Issue
Comments on Carano’s post were divided, with some fans defending Carano and other fans defending Goldberg.
“Ben has been demanding she be fired,” one fan pointed out.
“I just want to mention also that @WhoopiGoldberg did apologize which is more than i expected,” another said. “If she was sincere time will tell but at least it’s more than i thought she’d do. And i believe ppl deserve the benefit of the doubt.”
“Hi you weren’t misunderstood at all,” another said.
“@ginacarano The difference between you & @WhoopiGoldberg is that you were trying to make a point. She was just being ignorant,” another commented. “No one should ever be canceled because of [their] opinion. @Disney is the main problem by not treating their employees equally!”
“I have been quiet about this because I feel torn in multiple directions… however, I was vehemently against your being pulled from Mandalorian and even more adamant about the falsity of any claim that you were anti-Semitic,” another wrote. “I think a conversation with Ben would be beneficial!”
It remains to be seen what Whoopi plans to do next.