Gina Carano Found Out She Was Fired From 'The Mandalorian' Via Social Media

Actress Gina Carano recently told writer Bari Weiss that she found out she'd been fired from the popular Disney+ series The Mandalorian the same way that many other people learned of the news: via social media.

The revelation came in Weiss' Common Sense newsletter, published Monday. In the post, Carano talked with Weiss about how she was fired from the Star Wars series and the controversies that put her at odds with Lucasfilm, which is owned by Disney. Carano was cut from the sci-fi show this past Wednesday, following an Instagram post in which she seemingly compared being a Republican today to the experiences that Jews faced in Nazi Germany.

As part of her email conversation with the former New York Times opinion editor and columnist, Carano also discussed a controversy from September, in which fans felt that she was mocking transgender people after she added "beep/bop/boop" to her Twitter name, following fan requests to add her pronouns. She told Weiss that Lucasfilm wanted her to use an apology that it had written for her.

"Earlier on last year before The Mandalorian came out, they wanted me to use their exact wording for an apology over pronoun usage. I declined and offered a statement in my own words. I made clear I wanted nothing to do with mocking the transgender community, and was just drawing attention to the abuse of the mob in forcing people to put pronouns in their bio," she wrote to Weiss.

Carano said that she'd been left out of promotions for the show following her refusal. "That was heart-breaking, but I didn't want to take away from the hard work of everyone who worked on the project, so I said ok. That was the last time I was contacted about any type of public statement or apology from Lucasfilm. I found out through social media, like everyone else, that I had been fired," she wrote.

Weiss also asked Carano about a meme she'd shared in December that some people called anti-Semitic. The meme shows six men in suits sitting around a Monopoly board with money, a globe and more in the center. The board is held up by people hunched over. It bears a resemblance to the controversial "Freedom for Humanity" mural in London, which has also been criticized as being anti-Semitic.

Carano expressed confusion about people's anger over the meme and said she'd been unsure about whether she should remove the post "because taking it down only makes the mob attack you more." She also expressed "respect and love for the Jewish community," and tried to explain her interpretation of the image. Carano said that the picture was "a statement that people need to stand together and rise up, stop being so manipulated by the powers that believe they know what's best for you and play games with our lives."

Almost immediately after her dismissal, Carano announced that she's developing and producing a film in conjunction with the conservative-leaning website The Daily Wire, which was co-founded by Ben Shapiro. Despite her announcement about the still-under-wraps new project, some fans are calling for Disney to rehire her as the character Cara Dune via a petition. Hasbro, meanwhile, halted production on Cara Dune action figures that had been modeled after Carano.

Newsweek reached out to Carano, Disney and Lucasfilm for comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.

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Gina Carano attends the premiere of Disney+'s "The Mandalorian" at El Capitan Theatre on November 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic/Getty