In response to the offending Instagram post, in which Carano compared being Republican today with being Jewish during the Holocaust, Lucasfilm announced that the actor is no longer a part of the show’s cast and called her remarks “abhorrent and unacceptable”.
Carano has not yet responded to Lucasfilm's statement. The Independent has contacted her representatives.
This is not the first time Carano has sparked controversy with her comments, with the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending on social media on and off since the summer of 2020. Below, we’ve put together a timeline of the actor’s comments, leading up to this week’s fall-out.
August 2020: Carano did not show support for Black Lives Matter online
When the actor was asked to show her support for BLM on social media, she decided not to, leading some to accuse her of racism.
She responded saying: “In my experience, screaming at someone that they are a racist when they are indeed NOT a racist & any post and/or research you do will show you those exact facts, then I’m sorry, these people are not ‘educators’. They are cowards and bullies.”
September 2020: Carano faced criticism from fans after making “transphobic” social media posts
She had been encouraged to add her pronouns to her Twitter biography (a common practice among trans and cisgender social media users to help avoid misgendering).
However, in response to the request, the actor added the words “boop/bop/beep” to her Twitter name, in apparent ridicule of the convention.
Defending her actions in a subsequent tweet, Carano wrote: “They’re mad cuz I won’t put pronouns in my bio to show my support for trans lives. After months of harassing me in every way. I decided to put 3 VERY controversial words in my bio.. beep/bop/boop.”
“I’m not against trans lives at all. They need to find less abusive representation,” she added.
Early November 2020: Carano posted tweets in support of Donald Trump
She openly questioned whether vote counting during the US presidential election was fair, tweeting: “We need to clean up the election process so we are not left feeling the way we do today. Put laws in place that protect us against voter fraud.”
There has never been any evidence to support Trump’s claims of voter fraud.
Mid-November 2020: Carano posted a number of anti-mask memes on Twitter
She shared memes that seemed to condemn the pandemic safety precaution of face mask-wearing, including one that said: “In a world where everyone wears a mask, it’s a privilege to see a soul.”
Another read: “Democratic Government Leaders now recommends [sic] we all wear blindfolds along with masks so we can’t see what’s really going on.”
February 2021: Lucasfilm said it has ‘no plans’ to work with Carano again after ‘abhorrent’ Instagram post
Carano wrote on Instagram: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours... even by children... Because history is edited, most people today don’t realise that to get to the point where Nazi 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?”
A spokesperson at Lucasfilm said in a statement on Wednesday (10 February) that Carano is not currently employed by the company and it has “no plans for her to be in the future”.
“Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable,” the statement said.