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Is Gina Carano A Victim Of Social Media Cancel Culture – As Hasbro Cancels Action Figure

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On Tuesday, actress Gina Carano announced that Disney has removed all the press she did for season two of the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian after she refused to apologize for comments she posted on social media. Carano, who had played the breakout character Cara Dune and who was almost as popular as “Baby Yoda,” was released from the series earlier this month.

Lucasfilm, which is the production house behind the series, said in a statement Carano was no longer employed by the company and would not be seen in upcoming seasons of The Mandalorian or other projects in the future. Because she had refused to apologize, Lucasfilm has pulled the press she did for the series.

The former MMA fighter and model has been largely unapologetic for comments she has made across social media regarding her belief that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, as well as her stance on the wearing of masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

For months there had been a strong movement on social media that called for Carano’s firing, and it was last week that Lucasfilm and its parent company Disney finally responded. It isn’t just her appearance in press events that is being deleted from history, toy giant Hasbro announced that it has scrapped plans to make any further Cara Dune action figures.

Retailers have had to cancel preorders of the latest figures, which had reportedly been quite high.

“The ‘Star Wars’ Black [Series] Cara Dune figure was released in 2020 and sold out not long after the inventory was received,” a spokeswoman for BigBadToyStore told The Hollywood Reporter in a Monday email. “Hasbro planned for another production run and we were accepting preorders from that production run. Due to recent events, Hasbro was no longer approved to produce any more of this figure.”

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While the first run of figures will likely soon become collector’s items, due to the backlash on social media it appears that some retailers seemed eager to sell existing stock faster than a jump to light speed. Retail giant Walmart had Cara Dune figures with accessories discounted to just $2 from a list price of $19.87 on Tuesday afternoon.

Reaction From Fans And Supporters

Since Carano was fired, there has been a steady stream of supporters. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was among those who defended the actress’s right to free speech and personal opinions, while UFC President Dana White also issued his support.

Many of her fans have continued to stand behind her, and a Change.org petition was even started that called for her to be rehired.

The petition, “Disney: Rehire Gina Carano” had more than 43,000 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon, just shy of its goal to get 50,000.

Logan Norfleet, who started the petition, wrote “I’m not going to say she was right or wrong with her views, but firing celebrities over their political views has been happening way too often, and once again, Hollywood has struck down another conservative. What she said may have been a little extreme, and I can even see why some people may have been offended, but her tweet was not made to incite violence or to express discrimination or hatred of any sort to any particular group.”

The actress has been largely quiet on social media since her firing, but many have still used Twitter and other platforms to show support.

A few have continued to call her out, however. Among those was the official account from struggling video game retailer GameStop (@GameStop), which tweeted, “Opinion: Save the First Amendment pearl clutching. Gina Carano was fired from The Mandalorian for the same reason most people get fired: she was a bad employee”

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