Actress Gina Carano sues Disney and Lucasfilm with Elon Musk's help

Actress Gina Carano has filed a lawsuit against Disney and Lucasfilm, with the support of Elon Musk, after being fired over a controversial social media post.


Gina Carano sues Disney and Lucasfilm

Actress Gina Carano has sued Disney and Lucasfilm after she was sacked in 2021 over a social media post in which she compared being a Republican to being a Jew during the Holocaust.

The lawsuit is being funded by Elon Musk, who made an open call on his platform X for others to join the suit.

Ms Carano is seeking $75,000 (£60,000) in damages. She is also asking the court to force Lucasfilm to recast her.

Representatives for the defendants were not immediately available for comment.

Controversial social media post

During her time portraying Cara Dune in the first two seasons of the Disney+ show The Mandalorian, Gina Carano frequently engaged in online disputes with left-wingers.

However, she faced backlash after sharing a post on Instagram in February 2021 that equated the persecution of Jews by the Nazis to the treatment of Republicans today.

This led to her being dropped by Lucasfilm and the talent agency UTA, with a Lucasfilm spokesperson describing her posts as 'abhorrent and unacceptable'.

Lawsuit details and support from Elon Musk

The 59-page civil suit, filed in California federal court, accuses the Walt Disney Company of wrongful termination and retaliation. It claims that Carano was fired for voicing her own opinions and not complying with the extreme progressive ideology of the 'online bully mob'.

Carano alleges that she was treated differently from two male co-stars who wrote or shared posts maligning Republicans as Nazis but faced no consequences.

Elon Musk has pledged his financial support for Carano's lawsuit, inviting others to join as well. His company, SpaceX, has stated its commitment to free speech and backs the lawsuit as part of that commitment.