We cannot help but feel the darkening shadow of cancel culture closing in on many conservative public figures and even on family, friends, or ourselves. From “fact-checked” posts to entire accounts being suspended, these moves from tech giants are to silence political opponents, not to foster an environment in which truth is the aim. It can be overwhelming and terrifying to think freedom of speech could be relegated to fiction as we embrace a dystopian future. But we have a lot of reasons to have hope, among them are trailblazers like Gina Carano.
Gina Carano refuses to bow down to the unforgiving gods of cancel culture, whose insatiable desire for tribute strongarms political opponents into sacrificing individual thought on the altar of assimilated leftist ideology. Her laudable response is refreshingly real, respectful, and because she refuses to frame herself as a victim, she gives us a hopeful path forward and a way to model our responses in the face of cancel culture.
While Carano’s success of becoming the face of women’s MMA opened doors in Hollywood to her lead role in the action thriller Haywire, she is most known her for her more recent role as Cara Dune in the Mandalorian. As one of the outspoken conservatives in Hollywood, she has not shied away from the subjects of masks, black lives matter, government overreach, etc., yet it’s her most recent post that was the impetus behind Disney finally firing her.
She posted a picture of Nazi Germany that asked the question: “[T]o 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?” In other words, hatred of our neighbors is the first step that leads to unspeakable atrocities. Even if someone could argue that any comparison to Nazi Germany is offensive and should not be made, one would think the message of her post and her explanation that we should not hate each other over political beliefs would be irreproachable.
With candor she said, “My body still is shaking” in an interview with Ben Shapiro. “It’s still devastating. But the thought of this happening to anybody else, especially somebody who could not handle this the way I can? No — they don’t get to do that. They don’t get to make people feel like that,” she said.
This was not the first time Carano was targeted. The hashtag #FireGinaCarano started trending when an angry mob on social media and Hollywood executives were pressuring her to put her preferred pronouns in her Twitter bio. She simply posted, “beep/bop/boop.” She explained that this was aimed at those trying to compel her to assimilate to leftist virtue signaling.
Executives wanted her to get on a Zoom call with 40-something upset individuals, essentially a virtual interrogation, for her to issue an apology. Carano explained how volatile that situation would be for her because how can you have a genuine conversation with that many people and over Zoom? She offered to take a handful of people out to dinner to have a face-to-face conversation instead.
While the Twitter bio incident did not result in her termination, the angry mob was now set to look for the next thing to use to target her. So when she posted that meme about not hating people for their political beliefs, the faceless mob came out in full force, armed with hashtags and intentional misinterpretations of her Twitter, and proved how much they hate people for their political beliefs.
She resolutely stated to Shapiro, “[I]f I buckle, then little girls and little boys — who are not getting a fair shake at growing up right now — if I buckle, it’s going to make it OK for these companies who have a history of lying, to be lying and do this to other people. And they’ve done it to other people. And I’m not going down without a fight.”
Shapiro is making sure those who believe in free speech and free thought stand together, having announced that Gina Carano will now produce and star in an upcoming film with the Daily Wire.
“I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same,” she said.
Gina Carano is right to say, “They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.” A small band of underdog rebels fighting an oppressive intergalactic regime taught us that.
by Mary Conan