Actress Gina Carano sues Disney, Elon Musk pays her legal fees

She had starred in the series “The Mandalorian”, after abandoning MMA fighting to move on to an acting career. Gina Carano, who became famous for her role as Cara Dune, is suing Disney and Lucasfilm, an American film and television production company, for unfair dismissal and discrimination. Carano had received the sack in 2021 for a post on Instagram.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, defended the actress on X, the social network he owns, inviting his followers to join them against Disney and offering to pay the legal costs.

The “indicted” post

Carano’s comment, the cause of her firing, dates back to February 2021. On Instagram, the actress compared being Republican to being Jewish during the Holocaust: “As history is changed, most people today don’t understand realizes that, to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their neighbors hate them simply because they were Jews. How is this different from hating someone for their political views?,” the post read. Disney chose to no longer collaborate with Carano because she believed that she had repeatedly taken homophobic, anti-Semitic and far-right positions. Lucasfilm had instead argued this way for distancing her: “Ms. Carano’s social media posts that denigrate people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.” Not only Disney and Lucasfilm, but also UTA (United Talent Agency), the agency that had followed her professionally up to that point, abandoned her.

The ad on X

“Today is an important day for me: I am filing a lawsuit against Lucasfilm and Disney”: this is how Gina Carano’s post on X begins, in which she announces her legal intentions. “The truth is, I was hounded for everything I posted, for every post I liked because I didn’t fit the acceptable narrative of the time,” she says. “My words have been consistently twisted to demonize and dehumanize me as a far-right extremist. It was a smear campaign aimed at silencing and destroying me.”

Musk’s position

Elon Musk reshared Carano’s words on his X profile, writing: “Please let us know if you want to join the lawsuit against Disney.” Musk’s company then released a statement: “As a sign of X Corp’s commitment to free speech, the online platform is proud to provide financial support for Carano’s cause, allowing her to seek vindication of her rights of free speech about X and the ability to work without bullying, harassment or discrimination.”

It’s nothing new that there’s bad blood between Musk and Disney. In December 2023, the entrepreneur had asked for the immediate dismissal of Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, after “Mickey Mouse House”, among other formats, had also suspended advertising spots on . A few days earlier, during an event he had insulted the companies (including Disney) who had chosen to no longer invest in advertising on the platform.