Gina Carano files suit against Disney and Lucasfilm for prejudice and wrongful dismissal to gain more control over Hollywood, which has attracted business interests as the stalemate over her removal from The Mandalorian intensifies.
Carano requests a court order compelling Lucasfilm to substitute her in a lawsuit that was submitted to a federal court in California on Tuesday. The complaint claims Carano was fired for expressing conservative views on social media. Through X, Elon Musk is contributing to the lawsuit, fulfilling his pledge to pay the legal fees for users who allege they have experienced discrimination as a result of their actions on his website.
“As a sign of X Corp’s commitment to free speech, we’re proud to provide financial support for Gina Carano’s lawsuit, empowering her to seek vindication of her free speech rights on X and the ability to work without bullying, harassment, or discrimination,” said Joe Benarroch, the director of business operations at X, in a press release.
After publishing an article in which she stated, “most people today don’t realise that to get to the point where Naxi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbours hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?” Lucasfilm disclosed in 2021 that Carano wasn’t coming back to the popular series.
It was the most recent in a lengthy series of messages where internet users attacked the previous MMA fighter for taking stances on contentious matters that they perceived as being on the right. Carano, who was fired by UTA in the wake of the disputes, had before made fun of mask-wearing laws and made up allegations that fraudulent voting happened in the presidential race in 2020. Carano claimed on Tuesday, “My words were consistently twisted to demonise & dehumanise me as an alt right-wing extremist.”,” in an announcement outlining the piece on X.
The case alleges that Carano endured harassment and slandered by Disney and Lucasfilm for not agreeing with their positions on matters like Black Lives Matter, favoured pronouns, and refuted allegations of election meddling. Carano claims that although she was sacked for her religious and cultural views, the media behemoth ignored her male co-stars’ supposedly derogatory and insulting remarks towards Republicans. She cites a 2017 tweet by Pedro Pascal drawing parallels between Hitler and retired President Donald Trump.
“Defendants went so far as to try and convince Carano’s publicist to force Carano to issue a statement admitting to mocking or insulting an entire group of people, which Carano had never done,” the complaint claims. Pursuant to the lawsuit, Carano was instructed to arrange a meeting with 45 staff members who identified as LGBTQ+ and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, after she declined. She turned down the offer and was fired shortly after from The Mandalorian and other Star Wars television shows, such as Rangers of the New Republic. The lawsuit alleges that UTA and Carano’s commercial lawyer abandoned her as a client because of Disney’s dismissal of her. The lawsuit claims that due to Disney’s firing of Carano, UTA and her transactional attorney forsook her as a client.
“Some of us have been unjustly singled out, harassed, persecuted and had our livelihoods stripped away because we dared to encourage conversation, asked questions, and refused to go along with the mob,,” she stated in an announcement. The bulk of staff in the business community are at-will workers, and thus frequently have a difficult time getting damages when their employment is terminated due to offensive or policy-violating internet posts. These employees are not protected from discipline by the First Amendment, in contrast to those employed by the government.
The bulk of staff in the business community are at-will workers, and thus frequently have a difficult time getting damages when their employment is terminated due to inflammatory or policy-violating internet posts. These employees are not protected from discipline by the First Amendment, in contrast to those employed by the government. “I am honoured that my case has been chosen to be supported by the company that has been one of the last glimmers of hope for free speech in the world,” Carano continued, speaking about X supporting the lawsuit.