(IntegrityPress.org) – Actress and former MMA star Gina Carano is suing Disney and subsidiary LucasFilm after they fired her from Disney show “The Mandalorian,” thanks in large part to funds made available by Elon Musk.
Carano’s complaint alleges “discrimination” as well as “wrongful termination” and was filed Tuesday, February 6th in California federal court. Carano is seeking an order from the court to get her old job back with the show.
In announcing the suit, Carano posted to X saying that she built her career from scratch working hard over two decades. Carano highlighted how she had been terminated from the show by a similar post to Twitter by LucasFilm that said she was no longer employed by the studio with no future plans to include her. It also charged that she was engaged in “denigrating people” based on their ethnicities which it called “abhorrent & unacceptable.”
Carano said that characterization was deceptive and misleading and that everything she had ever posted online was being scrutinized solely because she had expressed unpopular but legitimate political opinions. She asked people to review the posts alleged to have been offensive and to judge for themselves whether they were “abhorrent & unacceptable.”
Elon Musk had previously announced his willingness to support any lawsuit against any corporation that had fired someone for posting protected free speech on X. Carano said she qualified and took him up on the offer.
X executive Joe Benarroch published a statement saying that they were “proud” to financially support Carano’s suit. He highlighted how everyone should have their free speech rights respected without fear of retaliation from an employer.
The final straw in the complaints against Carano was a 2021 post wherein Carano compared the hate directed towards Jews during the Holocaust with that being directed towards conservatives in 2021. She suggested that hate was wrong, regardless of the reasoning, and was subsequently fired and labeled an antisemite.
The lawsuit additionally alleged Carano was put through a “struggle session” with 45 employees on the LGBTQ spectrum and LucasFilm President Katheleen Kennedy where she was repeatedly coerced into apologizing for mocking or insulting people which she denied doing. She refused and was fired thereafter.
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