Comedian Bill Burr blasted the firing of former "Mandalorian" actress Gina Carano and said that liberals proved the point she was trying to make about being Republican in Hollywood.
What's a brief history here?
Disney and Lucasfilm fired Carano — an MMA fighter turned actress — from the "Star Wars" spinoff in 2021 after she said that "hating someone for their political views" in America is similar to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. She also previously voiced support for former President Donald Trump and criticized mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the time, Lucasfilm said a variety of her social media posts were “abhorrent and unacceptable” and thus justified the termination of her contract with the hit show.
What are the details?
During a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the longtime comedian — who starred alongside Carano in the Disney+ streaming show — said that he didn't think it was fair that Carano lost her job over her personal and political opinions.
"I thought it was funny that the liberals proved her point," he told the outlet. "They just use outrage because they don't like your politics."
He added, "As someone who considers himself liberal, it's disappointing to see the left become how the right used to be when they went after the Dixie Chicks after they criticized George W. Bush. There's not a lot of people like that — most are just trying not to get in trouble. But there's this small collection of lunatics — either on the right or the left, at any given moment — that cause hysteria."
Burr added that can't understand why those people with opposite political ideals would go out of their way to sabotage someone's career.
"That somebody's opinion — or their political beliefs — makes people try to destroy their ability to make a living, it's f***ing bizarre to me," he mused.
Following her controversial 2021 firing, Carano's talent agency dropped her. She also lost out on a role in a planned spinoff series featuring her "Mandalorian" character, Cara Dune.
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