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Ted Cruz, the Republican senator for the state of Texas, has used his Twitter account to show his support for Texan actress Gina Carano, following Disney’s controversial decision to fire her from The Mandalorian.
“Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi. She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her,” Cruz said.
Ted Cruz’s words add to those of thousands of people who have been outraged by a dismissal they consider unfair and hypocritical. According to Disney, the firing was because the actress had made statements on social media “denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identity,” and the company considered them “abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Ted Cruz exposes Disney hypocrisy
Ted Cruz’s tweet points to the hypocrisy of Disney, which wants to sell itself as a progressive company, signing up for all the fads instrumentalized by the left, such as feminism, gender ideology and inclusivity, while in reality it acts contrary to what it claims to stand for, firing a woman for being strong, independent and critical thinking.
Aside from Ted Cruz’s words, many other messages of support for Gina Carano believe that her statements were neither denigrating, abhorrent, nor unacceptable, and suspect that Disney fired her for having a conservative ideology, which clashes with the company’s progressive ideology. Just the concern that Gina Carano expressed in her Instagram post.
The post for which she was fired, read as follows: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers, but by their neighbors… even by children. As history is rewritten, many people today do not realize that in order to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily execute thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply because they were Jews. Is that much different than hating someone for their political views?”
Clearly, those words do not show the slightest hint of anti-Semitism, as Disney and the defenders of the firing would have you believe. In any case, they claim that Disney’s decision is not due to Gina Carano’s Republican views, but is justified on the grounds that this comparison of Jews to Republicans is “unfortunate” and somehow trivializes the Holocaust.
This argument is very flimsy. First, because Gina Carano does not make a direct comparison between the suffering of the Jews and the Republicans, but tries to explain the conditions that have to occur, little by little, for a society to come to allow such atrocious things as the Holocaust. And that could start with discriminating against people for the mere fact of having a different opinion.
Second, Disney’s argument would be revealed as a crude excuse to fire a Republican they can’t seem to stand, when you note that the company has not fired other employees who have made similar – or even more serious – comments than Gina Carano’s.
In 2018, Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano’s partner in crime as the lead character in The Mandalorian, posted a tweet showing a photo of Jewish children in a Nazi concentration camp in 1944, next to another photo of illegal migrant children caged in America in 2018.
These cages for holding illegal immigrants, although created by Obama, were used profusely by the left to attack Trump, a campaign that Pedro Pascal joined, without Disney seeming to care. Now, having achieved the goal of throwing Trump out of office, these cages are still being used by the Biden/Harris administration, but have been renamed “reception centers for unaccompanied migrant children.”
In 2019, Jack Morrissey, producer for Disney of “Beauty and the Beast,” posted a tweet in which he wished that “#MAGAkids go screaming, hat first, into the woodchipper.” Apparently, although Morrissey apologized, Disney was not as concerned as with Gina Carano’s posts.
El despido de Gina Carano pasa factura a Disney
Negative reactions to Disney’s hypocrisy are multiplying, and many, many people are showing their intention to unsubscribe from the Disney+ service, which could be a blow to the company.
Disney, as a private company, can fire and hire whomever it wants, but what is not acceptable is its double standards and false morality. Accusing Gina Carano of making “denigrating”, “abhorrent”, and “intolerable” statements to justify her firing only demonstrates Disney’s abject cowardice.
Perhaps they should acknowledge that they fired her for being a Republican. While it would still be troubling, at least it would be honest and legitimate. What is pathetic is that hiding behind a mask of progressivism and tolerance, they not only fire Gina Carano, but falsely accuse her to hide their own intolerance of differing opinions.
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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