BREAKING: Gina Carano launches lawsuit against Disney over Star Wars firing, X providing legal representation

"I would like to express my deepest gratitude & thank you to Elon Musk and X for giving me an opportunity to bring my case to light."

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

On Tuesday, actress Gina Carano announced that she is filing a lawsuit against Disney and Lucasfilm after she was terminated from The Mandalorian over social media posts.

Carano noted a statement from Lucasfilm in 2021 which said, "Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm & there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural & religious identities are abhorrent & unacceptable."

"Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is I was being hunted down from everything I posted to every post I liked because I was not in line with the acceptable narrative of the time," Carano wrote. " My words were consistently twisted to demonize & dehumanize me as an alt right wing extremist. It was a bullying smear campaign aimed at silencing, destroying & making an example out of me."

She said "I never even used aggressive language," but instead "shared thought provoking quotes, pictures, memes & occasionally I used my own words, not with aggression but with respect & the occasional comedy to keep the mood light in dark times."

"Look with your own eyes at what I posted and ask yourself, for example, where did I compare Republicans to the Jewish people in the holocaust," she asked, referencing the post from 2021 that led to her termination. "I didn’t. Ask yourself why they were calling me a racist, was there any merit behind that or history of it whatsoever?  No. Look at why I was called a transphobe--for making droid noises from Star Wars? 'Beep, bop, boop' was obviously directed to the online bullies and did not in any way denigrate transgender people."

"Were my questions about masks, lockdowns & forced vaccines ok to ask & push the subject into the light? Should we have been allowed to publicly discuss those topics at that time without being harassed or censored? Absolutely."

"Hollywood says they support female representation & equal rights. Why then were my male co-stars permitted to speak without harassment & re-education courses or termination, but I was not afforded the same right to exercise my freedom of speech," she wrote. "Artists do not sign away our rights as American citizens when we enter into employment. I have spoken to all my co-stars since I was fired & there is nothing but care and kind words between us. I respect their right to free speech & do not have to think the same on every issue to be their friends & work with them & I know they feel the same towards me."

Carano announced that a lawyer hired by X would be assisting in her case.

Carano noted Musk’s post from 2023 in which he stated that X would provide legal representation for those who were fired from X over exercising their right to free speech.

"Quite the noble offer, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought anyone would take on my case against Lucasfilm/Disney.  Still, I did respond back 'I think I qualify' & thousands of people agreed--but I did not expect anything. To my surprise, a few months ago I received an email from a lawyer who had been hired by X to look into my story & many others. Turns out after sending them as much information as I could gather these past few months, my now lawyers & X believe whole-heartedly in my case & are moving forward."

"I would like to express my deepest gratitude & thank you to Elon Musk and X for giving me an opportunity to bring my case to light."

Carano said she would "love to pick up where I left off" and continue "my journey of creating and participating in story-telling, which is my utmost passion and everything I worked so hard for."

"It has been difficult to move forward with the lies & labels stuck on me, backed & encouraged by the most powerful entertainment company in the world.  I am grateful someone has come to my defense in such a powerful way & look forward to clearing my name."

Musk took aim at Disney in late 2023 after the entertainment giant pulled advertisements from the platform.

Disney advertisements, however, remained up on Meta platforms, which at the time was at the center of a New Mexico filing on allegations that content featured on Facebook and Instagram enabled child sex abuse and trafficking.

"Why no advertiser boycott, Bob Eiger? You are endorsing this material!" Musk wrote.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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