EXCLUSIVE: Gina Carano opens up about Disney lawsuit, life after The Mandalorian

"So like, this is just gonna be a part of my story. And I get to hopefully shake free of all of those awful things that were reported and said about me and I get to move on now."

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY

Gina Carano is suing Disney and Lucasfilm. The Terror on the Prairie actress, who starred in Disney's The Mandalorian, is fighting back after being cancelled by the largest entertainment company in the world. Her suit carries with it the hopes of the cancelled everywhere, all those who have been fired, ostracized, shut out of their careers, industries, friend groups. Now, she's got a fresh chance and this suit could be the rehabilitation of her career. At the very least, Disney Lucasfilm will have to face what they've done and and how they treated her.

She brought the wrongful termination suit in California with the help of attorneys provided by X. Elon Musk, owner of the social media platform, has promised to offer legal defense to those who have been cancelled or targeted for posts made on the platform.

An X lawyer reached out to see if she had a case and as soon as she started telling them her story, sending them her emails and interactions, they were sure they had a case they should pursue. "They want to see the right thing done by me," she told The Post Millennial. Another key component of this is that Lucasfilm attorneys will have to review her case and see the absolutely ridiculous reasons that she was let go.

"I'm happy that like, people are going to actually have to dig in and take my situation seriously, and they're going to have to understand, when they're looking through all this, what their company was doing. And by looking through that they're going to have to make adjustments so that it's gonna make it that much harder for it to happen to the next person. And that's why what I'm doing is important," she said.

When X attorneys reached out to Carano, she thought she might have a fighting chance. "A lot of people, billionaires, put their money wherever they put it," she said, "but to put your money into defending people that have been done wrong is such a noble cause. It's like Elon Musk is some kind of Batman."

"As a sign of X Corp’s commitment to free speech, the online platform is proud to provide financial support for Carano’s lawsuit, empowering her to seek vindication of her free speech rights on X and the ability to work without bullying, harassment, or discrimination," X Corp said.

Just trying to get work after the Disney cancellation had been extremely difficult. Carano told The Post Millennial that even trying to get voiceover work had been impossible. 

"I tried to get a a voice acting agent because I think anime would be something really fun to get into. And the first thing that lady asked me— the first question— 'well, how is your relationship with Disney?' And I was like, 'well, they fired me.' But, you know, I was just kind of like, this is stuck on me. This is like, all these things are stuck on me." 

The timing of this suit could not have been better for Carano, who for years has been struggling to find her place after being cast out of the industry to which she had dedicated her career. She felt alone and ostracized.

"It's like I've been in this desert where I belong nowhere. I'm alone. I had my moment with The Daily Wire, but I don't work with them. I'm not employed by them. I'm a solo artist out here. And I'm grateful for them. But like, you know, I'm just on my own out here. And so I feel like I'm sitting here in the desert and just trying to stay positive and trying to rebuild, you know, getting doors closed on me," she told The Post Millennial.

"Now it's like, now it feels like there's this energy that's pushing forward that is like an actual rehabilitation of a career and a come back. And I can feel it and it's so exciting. And I see it and other people see it. It's happening in other people's careers." She spoke about Broadway actor Clifton Duncan who lost his career because he wouldn't take the Covid vaccine, the COVID job.

"They kicked him out and ruined his entire career and then he was waiting tables and just he's been in the desert," she said. "And so many of us have been in the desert because we were doing the right thing. And now some of our stories are starting to come and hopefully rehabilitate and make a true change and really we can see things are what they are now. And it's going to be a fascinating next couple of years," she mused.

"Just the fact, I mean physically, just the fact that that somebody came to my defense and brought this back into light has already physically like made me feel healthier, as like physically healthier, because it was like weighing on me."

Carano is a bright spot in the universe. She is kind, generous and curious. Her posts, the ones deemed so offensive as to lead powerful persons in the entertainment industry to destroy her career, were honest questions. They were intended to interrogate the orthodoxy of pervasive leftist political views. She asked about the real impacts of Covid, restrictions inspired by the virus, and the vaccine that emerged so quickly and ineffectively to treat it. And she committed the worst sin of all in 21st century social discourse, she questioned the ideology of trans.

None of her posts were shared with any malicious intent. In fact, when she was asked to provide her preferred pronouns, she said "beep/boop," something of a Star Wars reference. She was just "asking questions," she said, "encouraging communication and discussion." What's wild is that now, years later, people are asking the same questions she asked. But at the time, those who did were cancelled, ignored, and cast out.

"I was like, what is the least offensive thing you could ever do? And it's like, that is the least offensive thing," she told The Post Millennial. "And then and then like, you know if there was there's just so many aggressive like trolls and bots and haters and probably a lot of a lot of misled young people who love to bully people. And so when somebody would say something bad to me I would just 'beep boop' at them because I feel like that was basically the cutest thing. You see all these other you know, a lot of my male co-stars would go aggressive at these people and say some stuff and I'm like, over here booping people. And I'm the one that gets fired?"

In fact, several of her male co-stars at the time shared posts many read as offensive toward Republicans or conservatives, but those were not offensive to Disney. When the offensive posts targeted those Disney also didn't like, that was fine, it was only when they posts of their stars went against the views of the top execs that it became a problem.

"Disney bullied Ms. Carano, trying to force her to conform to their views about cultural and political issues, and when that bullying failed, they fired her," said Gene Schaerr, managing partner at Schaerr Jaffe, LLP and attorney of record on the case. "Punishing employees for their speech on political or social issues is illegal under California law." Section 1102 of the California Labor Code states that: "No employer shall coerce or influence or attempt to coerce or influence his employees through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment to adopt or follow or refrain from adopting or following any particular course or line of political action or political activity."

The suit is more than a wrongful termination suit, it's a chance to clear her name. The suit alleges that Disney has made false claims against Carano and her character and attests that she was treated unfairly. Carano didn't have the funds to take on a behemoth like Disney, but X does, and defending those wrongfully targeted based on social media posts on the free speech platform is part of Musk's mission as a free-speech warrior.

"Disney can put you in court for years," Carano said. She had spoken to a few lawyers about it, but it wasn't until X's attorneys jumped in that she was able to take it on.

Carano lost her job over social media posts that her employers at Disney didn't like. Then she lost her agent. Disney's minions gathered around and made false claims as to her views and her posts, demanded she reverse what she said, that she apologize. Other Hollywood people popped their cloned heads out of the woodwork to complain about Carano. What did Carano post that got her into so much hot water? She posted that Americans should think for themselves. She posted against the Covid vax. And she posted that her pronouns were "beep/boop." For Disney, this was offensive enough to kill her career. 

After Carano and her attorneys filed the suit, Disney Lucasfilm requested an extra 40 days to try to get the case dismissed entirely. What's likely is that they're looking for a legal way to be done with it. "We all feel pretty confident that this is not something that they're gonna be able to dismiss," Carano said.

Carano has hope for the arts, too, and feels that she played a part in having made new opportunities for artists who speak their mind and don't comply. 

"I just feel like those opportunities wouldn't have been there had some of us not spoken up and just shook the cage free early on. And so what a cool thing. I mean, it sucked so bad, but it needed to be done. And certain people actually did it. And I was just so I'm so grateful I was one of those people," she said.

"And I hope this just keeps on progressing my story, and I can impact people's lives positively. Moving on, I'm so grateful to have my life and to wake up every day. So like, this is just gonna be a part of my story. And I get to hopefully shake free of all of those awful things that were reported and said about me and I get to move on now, that's a very exciting thing. I can put a period on that chapter and then start my new chapter, which is my passion in storytelling. I want to make movies and I want to direct and I want to do all of these things. And I feel like by putting a period on that chapter, I'll get to do that."

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