Gina Carano is un-cancelable because she says so.
I am a longtime fan of the actress. Our paths have crossed over the past few years and now I consider her a friend.
We have a mutual kinship as two women who have taken unorthodox paths and weathered our blows in the media for speaking our minds.
But Gina stands out as an iconoclast in a sea of bobblehead, group-think clones who swarm all over Hollywood. And this week, I was fortunate enough to interview Gina as she promotes her new movie produced by The Daily Wire.
‘The best thing that my dad ever told me was, ‘if you want to have a birthday party, you better throw it yourself,’ Gina told me, ‘Hollywood is just somewhere in California. And Hollywood is not art.’
Personally and professionally, Gina has moved on from her very public firing by Disney in February 2021. And it didn’t take long.
About 24 hours after they tried to pull the plug on her career– she started fighting back.
‘They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them’ said in a statement announcing her partnership with The Daily Wire to produce the western called ‘Terror On The Prairie.’
In the film, in which she starred and produced, Gina plays Hattie McAllister – a pioneer mother who defends her children from outlaws while her husband is away.
Carano (fourth from right) with the cast and producers of ‘Terror On The Prairie’
Gina Carano is un-cancelable because she says so
It fits her well. Quite literally, she’s a fighter.
Gina first hit the scene as a mixed martial artist. After a successful career as an MMA fighter, she got into movies with the 2011 film ‘Haywire,’ then went on to ‘Fast & Furious 6’ and ‘Deadpool.’
She became a household name starring as Cara Dune in the Disney+ Star Wars series ‘The Mandalorian.’
It was a role that would have set her for life with a built-in fan base who would have obsessed over her characters every move.
But an interesting thing happened along the way.
During her rise, she started speaking out publicly on everything from social to political issues in America.
It was something that became more and more inconvenient for her progressive employers, who would prefer women be seen and not heard – and if they had to heard, they’d rather she spout far-left talking points.
Gina posted an Instagram story comparing the heated political climate in America to Nazi Germany.
‘Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children,’ the post read.
Gina Carano plays Hattie McAllister – a pioneer mother who defends her children from outlaws while her husband is away. (Above) Carano with co-star Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, who plays her husband, Jeb
Personally and professionally, Gina has moved on from her very public firing by Disney in February 2021 and it didn’t take long
‘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.’
That unleashed a social media firestorm, a Salem Witch Trial by tweet, like we have seen so many times before with many others.
She was quickly fired by LucasFilm and Disney and she was dropped by her agency UTA.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that a source close to Lucasfilm said, ‘They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw.’
Here’s what really happened.
Gina was brave enough to think for herself. But that’s not allowed in the oppressive, hyper-woke environment in which we now all live. And she paid the price professionally.
Gina was targeted for speaking out about the government’s handling of the coronavirus, the forced use of gender pronouns and the perception of election fraud.
But don’t think that Gina is apologizing. She stands by what she posted and thinks it resonates even more today.
‘It was so confusing to me to be called anti-Semitic for that tweet by people who hadn’t even read the tweet,’ she told me.
‘I don’t feel like I did anything wrong,’ she continued. ‘I understand now that there’s words that can be better used and that are certainly more sensitive.’
‘But if people read it now after a year or more has passed and they look at it and they think: ‘Wait a second, there’s no way you just canceled for that.’
It was painful to watch what happened to Gina during that time as both a friend and fan because it seemed so obviously egregious.
It was clear that she was having her livelihood taken away from her for having the wrong politics.
Carano got into movies with the 2011 film Haywire (scene above), then went on to Fast & Furious 6 and Deadpool.
Gina first hit the scene as a mixed martial artist. (Above) Carano at the CBS Elite XC Saturday Night Fights Press Call, Los Angeles on May 19, 2008
It’s something that should never happen in America, but it happens all the time in corporate Hollywood
‘I feel like neighbors turning on neighbors is what these corporations benefit off of, and what the government benefits off of is turning us on each other.’
‘People ask me what I got canceled for and I say: ‘I told neighbors to get along.’
Of course, she’s right.
Now, Gina is determined not to allow that to happen to allow else.
‘If this can happen to me then this can happen to anyone,’ she observed. ‘We have kids that don’t need to go through all of this. We need to show these kids that we can have conversations.’
Now, Gina is doing her part.
She intentionally cast outspoken conservatives like comedian Tyler Fischer and actress Samaire Armstrong in her film as a way to give opportunities to those who have suffered for their beliefs.
Gina also believes that others will look back on the age that we’re living through and ask themselves why they didn’t stand up to something they knew was wrong.
‘Some of us are going to be very proud of what we have done here. A lot of people are going to feel a little bit shame for not participating in making this world a better place than it was.’
At least for now – there’s no going back to Hollywood for Gina, until something changes.
‘I saw the hatred in the Hollywood scene… the blinders are lifted and I see Hollywood for what it is. I see the virtue-signaling.’
‘I don’t like to wish bad things on anyone, but I think that there needs to be some accountability for there to be healing in America and in the entertainment industry… I think the head of the snake is going to have to get cut off a couple of these massive corporations.’
She and The Daily Wire have created a new avenue for artists. And it has the financial and audience backing to allow them to create on their own terms.
To her – that’s the future.
‘This is a beautiful moment because this is how [the audience is] getting heard. They’re trying to show these corporations: ‘Look, you cannot be that arrogant to tell us what we like. To tell us what we’re going to watch. We vote with our dollars. We vote with our support.”
‘The more everybody starts creating, like we did with ‘Terror on the Prairie,’ the more the mainstream will have to start including us, because people are flocking to it. We’re wriggling free and they have to include us.’
‘I don’t think God brought me this far to bring me this far… I think I’m there for a reason. And I’ve got more purpose and I’ve got more drive than I ever had.’ (Above) Carano in The Mandalorian
‘Some of us are going to be very proud of what we have done here. A lot of people are going to feel a little bit shame for not participating in making this world a better place than it was.’ (Above) Carano in The Mandalorian
In talking to Gina, I clearly got the sense that she has been intensely emotionally impacted by what she has been put through, but she is also very clear in her determination to keep fighting.
‘I don’t think God brought me this far to bring me this far… I think I’m there for a reason. And I’ve got more purpose and I’ve got more drive than I ever had.’
I for one hope Gina directs her next movie and makes a sequel to ‘Terror on The Prairie.’
Her future is limitless.
Whatever she lost in her canceling by Disney, she has gained in an entirely new loyal and enthusiastic audience.
When we ended our discussion, I told Gina she is the type of woman that I want my daughter to see in the movies and pop culture.
Someone strong, direct and true to themselves.
I asked her what advice she would give to people, who feel targeted socially or professionally because of their beliefs.
‘I got my ass beat on national television – I thought it was the end of the world,’ she said. ‘I’ve gone through so many ups and downs in my life so many times, so many days that sometime I felt like, “this is devastating, I don’t really want to go on anymore.”‘
‘And what I would say is understand during the really awful moments, it won’t last.’
‘Don’t pile hurt on top of hurt. Let yourself feel better, heal, and know that you’re going to make it make you a better person in the long run.’