Gina Carano, former star of The Mandalorian, reacts to recent South Park episode slamming Kathleen Kennedy and Disney diversity.
The latest South Park special premiered on Paramount+ on Friday and took aim at Disney’s diversity and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, so you can imagine that Gina Carano had something to say about it.
South Park: Joining the Panderverse finds Cartman fearing that he’s going to be replaced by a diverse woman, and thanks to some multiverse madness, that’s exactly what happens and he’s sent to a universe populated entirely by women of colour. It’s revealed that the multiverse rip was caused by Kathleen Kennedy, who had been using a secret Disney artifact, the Panderstone, in order to remake the same idea over and over again to appeal to the largest audience. In true South Park fashion, the episode also slams the online trolls who have hounded Kathleen Kennedy over every choice she’s made.
“This is the part where [Kathleen Kennedy] demands any YouTubers get censored off of YouTube for sharing and laughing at this hilarious episode, she’ll have YouTube disable the thumbs down option because of the ratio she’ll receive, then she’ll have her publicist ghouls make sure Variety and Hollywood Reporter run hit pieces about the South Park creators and their families smearing their names through every useful idiot she has under her thumb who would sell their soul to work for Lucas film,” Gina Carano wrote about the South Park episode. “She’ll activate her online mob to repeat that the South Park creators are racist, bigot, transphobes, and demand the South Park creators publicly apologize by only using words she approves of and finally she’ll demand they subject themselves to a re-education course of 45 people in the lbgtq community zoom call to sit there and listen of how badly they got their feelings hurt all over a little boop of a South Park episode. But maybe just maybe the jig is up.“
Carano elaborated in a follow-up post on X. “Do you always call a woman crazy just because she has more first hand experience than you & says something you don’t like or understand? Bit misogynistic don’t ya think,” Carano wrote. “If I were the head of one of the most powerful entertainment companies in the world, I would know that haters come with the territory & that maybe the ‘haters’ are expressing their thoughts because they actually care and caring is a good thing because as long as they care well hey, we still have something to work with. Maybe we can win their hearts back eventually & maybe they do have some good things to add to the conversation (which they do & did). And at the very least they are still buying the product… If you are a proper good leader you learn how to embrace & communicate, not dictate & silence & demand your actors & directors unfollow & shame more than half of your fan base & the people who have stuck with the franchise for decades.“
Gina Carano played Rebel shock-trooper Cara Dune in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian, but a series of controversial social-media posts led to Lucasfilm firing the actress. “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” read a Lucasfilm statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”