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Sen. Ted Cruz has become one of the most prominent conservative voices seemingly furious over the Disney firing of Star Wars actor Gina Carano.
The Mandalorian star was let go by Lucasfilm on Wednesday, one day after she posted an extremely controversial message to social media, with a spokesperson saying in part, “Her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.” It was not the first time Carano’s political posts were met with backlash. She was also dropped by her talent agency, UTA, on Wednesday. The actor and former mixed martial artist has yet to address the matter publicly.
After the news broke late Wednesday, those in Carano’s corner began using the hashtag #CancelDisneyPlus on Twitter, with some sharing screenshots showing they’d terminated their subscriptions. The topic was trending for most of Thursday, the same day Disney CEO Bob Chapek said on an earnings call that the company’s streaming business reached 146 million total paid subscribers, driven by Disney+ and its nearly 95 million subs.
Thus far, the Texas Senator has been the most prominent voice blasting Disney for its decision.
“Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi. She played a woman who kicked ass [and] who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her,” Cruz tweeted.
Carano played former Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune in Mandalorian, an instant fan favorite. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that there was even a plan for Cara Dune to have a stand-alone show, but that all was scrubbed after Carano’s online behavior.
As for Cruz, he has made recent headlines due to his interactions with another Hollywood celebrity, Seth Rogen. The two men have exchanged a number of fiery tweets in which the comic-actor demanded Cruz take some blame for his involvement in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, while the senator has hurled insults at Rogen over his politics and acting.
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