Los Angeles, CA – Actress Gina Carano has filed a lawsuit against Disney over her firing from “The Mandalorian” TV show, with funding from Elon Musk. Musk, who recently purchased Twitter and rebranded it as X, has pledged to financially support individuals he believes have been unfairly treated by their employers due to their social media activity. Carano’s lawsuit seeks damages and a reinstatement to her role on the Emmy-winning TV show.
Carano, known for her role as Cara Dune in “The Mandalorian,” faced controversy for her social media posts, which ultimately led to her dismissal from the show. The lawsuit alleges that Carano was fired in retaliation for expressing her views, while her male co-stars were not disciplined for sharing their political views.
On Tuesday, Carano denied making a comparison between right-wing views and being Jewish during the Holocaust, a post that sparked the trending hashtag #FireGinaCarano. In response, Lucasfilm released a statement denouncing Carano’s posts as “abhorrent and unacceptable,” leading to her departure from the show.
Musk’s support for Carano’s lawsuit comes amidst ongoing tensions between him and Disney, as multiple companies, including Disney, suspended advertising on X after reports of the platform placing corporate ads next to antisemitic and pro-Nazi posts. Musk filed a lawsuit against Media Matters and has publicly criticized advertisers that pulled their funding from X.
Observers speculate that Musk’s funding of Carano’s lawsuit could be an attempt to curry favor with conservatives and to appeal to the far right, which has been a source of continued support for him. As the feud between Musk and Disney continues, it is clear that the implications of this lawsuit extend beyond Carano’s individual case.