Conservative actress Gina Carano has spoken out in an hour-long interview with Ben Shapiro after she was fired from The Mandalorian for comparing the political climate to the Nazi era.
The 38-year-old star told the right-wing commentator that she was a victim of double standards while filming the Star Wars spin-off series for Disney+, claiming her liberal co-stars were free to express their political beliefs, while she was censored.
‘They’d been all over me and they’d been watching me like a hawk,’ Carano said of the studio executives.
‘And I’m watching other people on the same production and they can say everything they want, and that’s where I had a problem.’
Carano’s hour-long interview with Shapiro was released to YouTube on Sunday, where it has already been viewed more than 1.6 million times.
Conservative actress Gina Carano has spoken out in an hour-long interview with Ben Shapiro after she was fired from The Mandalorian. The conservative actress (right) said she ‘adored’ liberal co-star Pedro Pascal (left), but believed she was held to different standards than him because of her political views. The pair are pictured in November 2019
Carano gave an hour-long sit-down interview with Ben Shapiro on Sunday. It has already been viewed online more than 1.6 million times
During the sit-down, Shapiro noted that Carano’s co-star – left-wing lead actor Pedro Pascal – had also previously used Nazi comparisons in a social media post.
Back in 2018, Pascal shared an image to his Twitter account comparing US ICE detention centers to Nazi concentration camps.
Carano claimed that Pascal had been able to get away with such an act because he was a liberal, while she was punished because she was conservative.
However, she stated that she still was firm friends with Pascal in spite of their political differences.
‘I adore Pedro,’ Carano stated.
‘We had an agreement after we realized we were a little bit politically different. We had an agreement that, first and foremost, you’re a human being. And you’re my friend first.’
Carano was fired after posting this message on Instagram in which she compares the political climate in America to Nazi Germany
Double standards? In 2018 Pascal also compared current political situations to Naziism – but has not been reprimanded by Disney for doing so
Carano, who played Cara Dune in the first two seasons of the series, was fired earlier this month after igniting an uproar on social media over an Instagram post invoking the Holocaust.
She shared a message on Instagram Stories which stated: ‘Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…. even by children.’
‘Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews.
‘How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?’
The hashtag ‘fire Gina Carano’ soon began circulating.
Carano told Shapiro that she wasn’t the only one who felt ‘bullied’ on set for their political beliefs, and claims others who held conservative views were reluctant to speak out
Carano told Shapiro that nobody at Disney or Lucasfilm spoke with her personally to inform her that she would not be returning to the hit streaming series.
‘How I found out [that I was fired] was that I looked on the internet, and you know, you check your Twitter and I’m trending and the ‘fire Gina Carano’ hashtag worked,’ she said.
Carano said that she was accidentally sent an email by a Disney employee. She said the email revealed that there were those in the company who ‘went to bat for me’ but ‘they didn’t win out at the end.’
The star insists she wasn’t the only one who felt ‘bullied’ on set for their political beliefs, and claims others who held conservative views were reluctant to speak out.
‘I’m not the only one that’s ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply.’
‘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.’
She added: ‘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'”.
Carano, who played Cara Dune in the first two seasons of the series, was fired earlier this month after igniting an uproar on social media over an Instagram post invoking the Holocaust. She is pictured in the hit series