Earlier this month, it was announced that the actor, who appeared in The Mandalorian as Cara Dune, would no longer be a part of any forthcoming Disney productions after sharing a post that was deemed antisemitic by some critics.
The original post read: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours… even by children… Because history is edited, most people today don’t realise that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbours hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
In her first sit-down interview since the announcement with right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro, Carano said that she had long been “inspired by the gentle spirit of the Jewish people going through that time”.
“When I posted that it wasn’t something that I felt was controversial. It was something that I thought, well, maybe all of us need to ask ourselves how that happened.”
Insisting that the message of the post was about “[bringing] people together”, Carano added that she felt it was “not fair to the Jewish community” to “throw” the word Nazi around.
Addressing the backlash to her post, she continued: “I’ve got every single big publication saying she’s comparing conservatives and Republicans to this and that’s not really what I was doing… I have love for everyone, I’m not a hateful person.”
While Carano deleted the original post, it was widely shared online, spurring the #FireGinaCarano hashtag to trend.
A spokesperson for Lucasfilm said that the actor’s “social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable”.