There is such a thing as action and reaction. Everything we say and do will have some sort of reaction from somebody else. In the case of the saga involving Gina Carano and her choice to use her social media platforms to speak her mind (see: Disney Has Had Enough – Gina Carino Out From The Mandalorian over Social Media Activity), I’m curious how this becomes bullying?
Sure, Disney is this mega large corporation and small minor role in Mandalorian Gina Carano is s tiny fish in their great lakes of entertainment. That paints Disney as the bad guy for firing her … or rather not inviting her to star in any more episodes of The Mandalorian.
We have questioned before if actors are ever really fired when they aren’t offered future or returning roles. It’s not like Carano didn’t get paid for the work she already did. $25,000-50,000 per episode, reportedly. That’s a darn good paycheck for a limited amount of work. Most people reading this would be happy to accept that job. Give me some armor and put me in, coach, I’ll take that and you won’t hear a blip from me on social media about bullying, Nazis or jews (unless the story involves that and it’s purely promotional/marketing).
Will admit it seems like they’re going a bit too far making Hasbro stop making popular Cara Dune action figures, but this is likely because they contain Carano’s likeness don’t want to see her make any more $$ from The Mandalorian. They want to terminate all business dealings with her so as not to be seen as hypocritical over condemning her social media activity.
But is this bullying or a business decision?
Sunday night in an interview with Ben Shapiro, she’ll tell her side of the story. How she found out she was fired from The Mandalorian via the same social media she weaponized with her counter-opinions.
“I was prepared at any point to be let go, because I’ve seen this happen to so many people. I’ve seen the looks on their faces. I’ve seen the bullying that takes place, and so when this started, they point their guns at you, and you know it’s only a matter of time. I’ve seen it happen to so many people, and I just thought to myself (…) ‘you’re coming for me, I know you are.’ ” They’re making it very obvious through their employees who were coming for me, and so I was like, ‘I’m going to go down swinging and I’m going to stay true to myself.’ “Gina Carano Talks ‘Mandalorian’ Exit & Disney In Ben Shapiro Interview – Deadline
Again, especially for those not familiar with our prior posts on this matter, we support free speech and Gina Carano can say whatever she wants on social media. Am not sure, however, she can claim she was bullied by Disney and/or the sycophants who blindly worship the house of mouse and its sometimes extreme left-leaning support structure.
Carano is right leaning, clearly, which puts her on the opposite political side. This is a conflict before any words are uttered on Twitter, Facebook, Insta, etc.
Two subjects we try and steer clear of at this site are politics and religion. That’s not to say we don’t post on either subjects, but usually only when they involve movie and TV entertainment. Live TV debates, for example, would be one area we’ve touched on (see: The Shocking, Viral Star of Last Night’s Vice Presidential Debate? The Fly!)
Not telling anybody else what they should or shouldn’t say online or elsewhere, but will state from experience being on the internet, having websites, blogs, etc, for the better part of 25+ years now, these are two red, red, red hot topics that divide people very fast. In the United States, this country politically is divided with most on either side and then there’s some folks in the middle that tend to decide elections. You have both sides trying to encourage these people at election time that their way is the best.
The problem with Gina Carano isn’t that she has opinions and her right to share them, it’s where she’s voicing them and when. There isn’t any need to voice these opinions on her social media. She’s an actor and former fighter. That’s her business. Focus on being the best at that and let the people who want to talk about politics ramble on. When she’s done in business, retired and doesn’t work any more for others, that’s the time to light up the world with her politics, if she wants. Or, hey, just become a politician and that becomes your job. Then you can go all Trump on Twitter if you want.
Look at Stephen King. Man is still working, but doesn’t need to. He got flamed pretty hard for his comments on the Texas power outages this past week. Will it cost him some readers? Probably a few, but he writes so darn good that nobody really cares if his political views are extreme. It’s not going to cost him movies being adapted, because Hollywood ultimately only sees one thing: the all mighty green.
Gina Carano was expendable in her minor role on The Mandalorian. She might be a martyr now, which could be worse publicity-wise for Disney in the long run, but I doubt this will lead anywhere except to Carano being unable to secure that much work in the business for awhile. That’s too bad if she would have been a great fit for casting. We might never know.
Then again, some studio might cast her because of all this negative light and promotion. Hard to say how this will work. I’m sticking by my former statements that she doesn’t need to make extreme comparisons involving Nazis and Jews, that’s just a landmine not worth stepping anywhere near, unless she’s in some film project involving this era.
Look at what Vince Vaughn, the Van Halen brothers and others have chosen to do. You can be plenty successful in life and business and avoid getting entrenched in social media controversy. Life might literally be too short to bother.