Gina Carano Sues Disney with help from Elon Musk Over ‘Mandalorian’ Firing

In a bold move escalating the ongoing standoff surrounding her dismissal from The Mandalorian, Gina Carano has filed a discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against Disney and Lucasfilm.

Carano’s complaint was filed in a California federal court. It contends that her termination was a result of expressing right-wing views on social media. She seeks a court order mandating Lucasfilm to recast her character.

 

Staying true to his promise of covering legal expenses for those claiming discrimination due to their online activities, Elon Musk is financially supporting the lawsuit through X.

In a statement, Joe Benarroch (X’s head of business operations) said: “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.”

Lucasfilm’s decision in 2021 to exclude Carano from The Mandalorian came after she posted controversial content on social media. She posted on Twitter: “most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Naxi 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?”

Social media users attacked the former MMA star for taking right-wing stances on controversial matters. Carano previously made fun of mask-wearing laws and made up allegations that voting fraud happened in the 2020 presidential election.

On Tuesday, Carano wrote on X: “My words were consistently twisted to demonize & dehumanize me as an alt right wing extremist.”

According to the lawsuit, Carano claims she faced harassment and defamation from Disney and Lucasfilm for not conforming to their views on issues like Black Lives Matter, preferred pronouns, and alleged election interference. While stating she was fired for her cultural and religious beliefs, Carano points out a double standard. She alleged that her male co-stars made offensive posts without consequences.

The suit alleges that Disney demanded Carano to meet with representatives of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination and issue a public apology. The complaint states: “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.”

According to the lawsuit, Carano was instructed to meet with 45 workers who identify as LGBTQ+ and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. She turned down the offer and was fired soon after from The Mandalorian and other Star Wars television shows, such as Rangers of the New Republic.

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Carano’s lawsuit includes claims for wrongful discharge and sex discrimination. She seeks a court order for Lucasfilm to recast her and demands at least $75,000 in damages, along with punitive damages.

Carano stated: “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.”

Elon Musk’s funding of the lawsuit aligns with his commitment to supporting users facing discrimination on X. Carano expressed gratitude for being supported by a company that she sees as a beacon of hope for free speech worldwide.

Speaking about X funding the lawsuit, Carano said: “I am honored 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.”