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Star Wars Controversy: Gina Carano Fired From the Mandalorian by Lucasfilm

Social Media was on fire yesterday with the news that Gina Carano who portrays Cara Dune in The Mandalorian has been fired by Lucasfilm for her antisemitic Twitter comments.

I won’t be posting what she said on her Twitter feed, but you can find it via Google if you look it up. An article in the Hollywood reporter also confirmed the actress has been dropped by her agency UTA:

Gina Carano will not be returning to The Mandalorian or the Star Wars galaxy after sharing a post on social media implying that being a Republican today is like being Jewish during the Holocaust.

“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Carano has also been dropped as a client by UTA, an agency spokesperson confirms.

On Wednesday, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano was trending following an Instagram post from the outspoken conservative actor and former mixed martial artist that was met with severe backlash. The post has since been deleted, but screenshots were widely shared by users on social media who called for her firing from the hit Disney+ Star Wars show.

This is not the first time Carano, who played former Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, has been the focus of social media ire for her political comments. Last November, she issued contentious tweets, one in which she mocked mask-wearing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and another in which she falsely suggested voter fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election.

“They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw,” a source with knowledge of Lucasfilm’s thinking tells THR.

Via Thr

Just to be clear, she did not get fired for having controversial political views. She was fired for comments she made comparing her plight as a conservative in America to that of the Jewish people during the Nazi occupation in World War II. Having a difference of opinion is accepted on social media (well, mostly) but making antisemitic comments is not.

Some fans have come to her defence by saying that she was practising her right as an American to free speech. But others are angered by her comments about Jews specifically.

I think you always need to be guarded on social media in general and pay attention to what you say. That’s just a given for anyone using social media. For someone like Gina, who is a celebrity and has all eyes on her due to this, it’s impossible to say anything without people taking sides and pointing fingers at you. The pressure must be enormous. However, Gina really did cross the line, I think. She should have sat on her comments for an hour or two before posting.

I wonder if Twitter will do anything about her profile now as she must be one of the most disliked celebrities on their platform.

What do you think of this? Have a difference in opinion? Let me know in the comments friends!

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Star Wars Controversy – What Is It With the Rotten Tomatoes Score for TRoS?

I used to screw up my nose at controversy surrounding the review ratings for Star Wars movies – particularly the prequel and sequel trilogies. I find it odd that these two trilogies seem to continuously attract controversy no matter how much time has gone by. Even today, people still say the prequels are bad because Hayden Christensen and Jar Jar Binks (although of late, that hasn’t been the case at least in the last year or so).

The sequels seem to have just as much controversy surrounding them – everything from the writing of particular films in the trilogy or the direction and plot of the movies. And if not that, the character arcs themselves questioned by basically everyone. As an example (off the top of my head) – REY FROM NOWHERE. I won’t elaborate because if you’ve seen these films, you will know what I am referring to here.

But yesterday I came across a very interesting Quora post and normally I don’t stop to read these unless they are well, interesting. Someone asked the question:

“Why does the audience rating for The Rise of Skywalker NEVER change no matter how many people rate it?”

So I checked it out and low and behold, the rating hasn’t changed at all since the author of that Quora post checked it back in 2019.

However, further investigation confirms that 86% could actually be correct in terms of statistics. Now, I am not a mathematician or a statistician so I have no idea how the statistics ratings for RT works. But “review bombing” is an actual thing (that is people who are purposefully down-voting something just to get the rating to drop without even seeing the film or playing the video game) and that is something to consider.

Would Disney “buy” the RT rating for their film to freeze at 86%? Nah, I don’t think that is what’s happening. But in my experience reviewing films and books and many other things, it’s entirely subjective – NOBODY really cares all that much what a critic has to say UNLESS it’s somewhere “official” like RT. And further to this, studies have been conducted to prove (or disprove) that RT ratings for movies do not have ANY impact at all on box office numbers (you can read about this right here).

So basically, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet people or at least, do your own research and make your own decision. But I am basically saying this theory is just that, a theory an opinion and nothing more.

DEBUNKED (well, sort of)

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One Reason Why I think Guys Think They Love Star Wars More Than Women

Okay now I know how controversial this post might sound but please understand, I don’t mean to make this post about the war of the sexes. I am also well aware of what it feels like to be belittled for being female and loving something that is traditionally only enjoyed by men.

So to clarify – I DON’T CARE if you’re male or female or you identify as something else. On my blog, you can like whatever you want to like, period. You do not have to be male or any other gender you identify with to appreciate Star Wars more than anyone else. So, moving on…

I got the idea for this post from this blog where there was a post about the top seven starships in Star Wars. And then it dawned on me. Maybe this is one reason why people often think Star Wars is “just for the dudes”. How many women do you know enjoy talking about the different types of star wars starships from the movies, or speeders, or anything mechanical?

For anyone interested, the TIE Silencer which then became the TIE Whisper is one of my favourite starships because I like the sleek design with the red cockpit!

I used to dismember my barbie dolls (lol) and play with my brother’s trucks and cars all the time. And I think that being brought up to be who I wanted to be helped me to love and appreciate Star Wars even more. Also, no I am not a serial killer and barbie doll dismemberment is not a precursor to being evil 😂 🤣 My point being that it doesn’t matter one iota what gender you identify with. You can like what you like because you just like it.

Seriously though, I think this could be why it annoys me when I see things on the internet that refer to women not being “true” Star Wars fans. Or not really understanding anything at all about Star Wars because it’s too “masculine”. That is real BS right there. And if you are someone who honestly believes only men can truly appreciate Star Wars, please, unfollow me.

I actually have my own “Best of” list for Star Wars starships and I’ll be posting that sometime soon. In the meantime, let me know what you think of my post and whether or not you agree or disagree with my points.

Until tomorrow, stay safe out there, keep creating and I’ll catch you later!

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