Avowed leftist Susan Sarandon posted a message on social media that compared the current political climate to Nazi Germany. Conservative-leaning Gina Carano shared an image similar to the one Sarandon posted. However, only Carano suffered so much backlash that she lost a major Hollywood.
In February 2021, Carano posted a message on her Instagram with a photo of people living in terror during the Lviv pogroms of 1941.
The post read: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children.”
“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,” the post said. “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
The post warning about dehumanizing other human beings because of their political leanings drew outrage.
The next day, Lucasfilm issued a statement that said, “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
The same day, the influential United Talent Agency (UTA) dropped Carano as a client.
At the time, Carano was a star on the massively popular Disney series "The Mandalorian." Being fired from the Disney+ "Star Wars" TV series was a major blow for the MMA fighter turned actress.
Carano believed the message "would bring people together."
"But now after hearing so much, I actually have grown through the experience of [realizing] it’s not fair to the Jewish community to just throw this out here so much," Carano said . "When you say the word ‘Nazi’ and when you call someone a ‘Nazi,’ you need to have a little bit more respect on it. So, I understand that. But it was in no way my intention."
This week, Susan Sarandon posted a similar post on social media that read:
It didn’t start with gas chambers. It started with one party controlling the media. One party controlling the message. One party deciding what is truth. One party censoring speech and silencing opposition. One party dividing citizens into ‘us’ and ‘them’ and calling on their supporters to harass ‘them.’ It started when good people turned a blind eye and let it happen.
Sarandon's tweet racked up nearly 200,000 likes.
Carano reacted to Sarandon's post with a snarky GIF questioning the apparent double standard.
\u201chttps://t.co/4hfhbJO7Ik\u201d— Gina Carano \ud83d\udd6f (@Gina Carano \ud83d\udd6f) 1667054266
Sarandon currently stars in the TV series "Monarch" that airs on Fox and Hulu – which Disney both owns. Since posting the Holocaust meme on Monday, Sarandon has yet to face any real backlash or cancel culture pressure.