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Bill Burr is a well-known comedian, actor and podcaster who has achieved fame thanks to his stand-up shows and his participation in series such as F is for Family or Breaking Bad.
Yet, in a recent intervention in his show The Bill Bert Podcast, along with Bert Kreischer for All Things Comedy (digital humor media of which Burr is co-founder), he has spoken out about Disney’s firing of Gina Carano, who was his partner in The Mandalorian, where Bill Burr stars as the intrepid outlaw Migs Mayfield.
Although noticeably uncomfortable about the issue and trying to measure his words, Bill Burr answered guest Joe DeRosa’s question about Gina Carano’s firing in the following terms: “I work on that f*cking show, I have to measure what the f*ck I say!” he commented with his usual profanity. “But no, she [Gina Carano] was an absolute sweetheart, a super nice person,” he added. “Somehow someone will take this video and they’ll fucking make me say something else and try to get rid of my bald action figure!”
“We live in f*cking crazy times,” Burr added. “It’s like there are people waiting, lurking hidden in the weeds. Let’s show that he’s human, and he’s made a mistake in his past and take that dream away,” he said. He wondered how there could be people defending that for simply an unfortunate comparison – and not for strong things like sexual harassment, rape or the like – a person’s career and dreams are flushed down the toilet. “Who the f*ck stands up to that?” exclaimed Burr ruefully.
At the guest’s insistence on the topic, the video is abruptly cut off and they move on to a commercial segment, already without guest Joe DeRosa.
Joe DeRosa had started the conversation by reflecting on Gina Carano’s post for which she was fired. According to Disney, “her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identity are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
The guest interpreted Gina Carano’s infamous post as follows: “She basically compared people being harassed today for their political beliefs to the fact that in the 1940s in Germany, the Nazis were able to gain power and do whatever they wanted because they brainwashed the citizens, getting them to spy and denounce their Jewish neighbors and ultimately attack them. And she said how was that different from attacking people for their political beliefs.”
He went on to say that he “understood what Gina Carano was trying to say,” but that “obviously, any comparison to the Holocaust” could be silly and offensive to a lot of people. “But what bothers me is that the reasons for her being fired for that opinion is that she was somehow trivializing the suffering of Jews during World War II, that I can understand. However, how different is that from when all the people on the left, when Trump was elected, said he was like Hitler?” Joe DeRosa expressed that it was the same reductionism, but if the left says it, it’s fine, but if Carano does it, it’s considered abhorrent.
Upon this reflection, Burr said it was a very interesting approach, but he did so in a facetious tone, with obvious nervousness at the prospect of saying something he might be attacked for, and most likely biting his tongue.
Afraid of leftist cancel culture
It is a sign of the seriousness of the turn the cancel culture has taken that someone like Burr, who has always been characterized by a loquacious, provocative and almost reckless sense of humor, should be forced to speak out so coyly in favor of his partner, rather than in the scathing and devastatingly honest manner to which he has accustomed us in his speeches.
Other celebrities have been more courageous and critical in defending Carano against the cancel culture promoted by the left. Senator Ted Cruz and comedian Bill Maher have been much more outspoken in confronting the leftist mob. If more voices don’t rise up against this spiral of censorship, we can look forward to a dark future for free speech, not just for artists and celebrities, but for everyone.
After all, if left-wing censorship voracity is not curbed, it will be unstoppable. For example, they now also intend to cancel actor Henry Cavill. According to many “woke” Twitter profiles, the fact that Henry Cavill -who plays Superman- has not publicly congratulated Latina actress Sasha Calle for being chosen to be Supergirl is an unmistakable sign that he is a racist, confirmed by the fact that he was Gina Carano’s boyfriend 10 years ago.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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