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The Grand Illuminist

(1,352 posts)
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 08:07 PM Feb 2024

Backed by Elon Musk, Gina Carano sues Disney over 'Mandalorian' firing

Source: NBC News

Actor and former professional MMA fighter Gina Carano has sued The Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm over claims she was wrongfully fired from the series “The Mandalorian” in 2021.

In the suit, which was filed Tuesday in federal court in California, Carano alleges she was fired from her role as rebel warrior Cara Dune for voicing right-wing opinions on social media. She is seeking a court order that would require Lucasfilm to reinstate her or compensate her at least $75,000. Carano claims in the suit that she suffered emotional damage and lost millions of dollars in income.
“A short time ago in a galaxy not so far away, Defendants made it clear that only one orthodoxy in thought, speech, or action was acceptable in their empire, and that those who dared to question or failed to fully comply would not be tolerated,” the lawsuit says. “And so it was with Carano.”

X is helping cover the costs of the lawsuit, Carano confirmed Tuesday in a post to the social media platform.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude & thank you to @ElonMusk & @X for giving me an opportunity to bring my case to light,” she wrote.


Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/gina-carano-sues-disney-mandalorian-firing-elon-musk-support-rcna137579



Please be advised. Political ideology, and party are NOT, repeat, NOT a protected class, so I hope her termination is of extreme prejudice.
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Backed by Elon Musk, Gina Carano sues Disney over 'Mandalorian' firing (Original Post) The Grand Illuminist Feb 2024 OP
Leon Smuk's drug addiction takes a new turn. Hassler Feb 2024 #1
Waaaa waaaaa waaaaa, I need a man-child twitter billionaire to pay for my lawyer. These fuckmooks deserve each other. Comfortably_Numb Feb 2024 #2
This will be a fun lawsuit to follow LetMyPeopleVote Feb 2024 #3
I'll go as far as this. The Grand Illuminist Feb 2024 #37
I can't find the article, but rogue emissary Feb 2024 #4
Based on the way things are going financially at Disney, everyone should be fired. n/t OnlinePoker Feb 2024 #26
Why can't these dipshits odins folly Feb 2024 #5
They are so clueless on the subject BlueKota Feb 2024 #10
Because these childish right wing crybabies never take any responsibility for their actions. canuckledragger Feb 2024 #12
I hate Musk too Chi67 Feb 2024 #17
"Now this. Tesla is not only off my list, but I hope the company goes down in flames"... William Gustafson Feb 2024 #18
Id much rather see Twitter go down quakerboy Feb 2024 #22
Their cars are doing that themselves MistakenLamb Feb 2024 #40
Ask Roseanne.... Mopar151 Feb 2024 #6
Most Entertainment contracts contain a section about bringing the character or the program into disrepute as grounds for Ford_Prefect Feb 2024 #7
And those tight guidelines have been there... slightlv Feb 2024 #8
Disney contracts are thorough and exact. C_U_L8R Feb 2024 #9
Well, it stands to reason since they are after all fools. Not to mention complete unredeemable assholes. cstanleytech Feb 2024 #14
The claim of $75,000 to reimburse her for "lost millions" gives the game away. Midnight Writer Feb 2024 #11
that makes it seem (to me anyway)... ret5hd Feb 2024 #28
helpful article SleeplessinSoCal Feb 2024 #13
Carano was employed in California, which is an at-will employment state. Aristus Feb 2024 #15
Really? Chi67 Feb 2024 #16
And to think I used to have a crush on her... padah513 Feb 2024 #19
Hey asshole vercetti2021 Feb 2024 #20
Ask Charlie Sheen... Xolodno Feb 2024 #21
this failed actor thinks she will pull a gawker case on Disney. Javaman Feb 2024 #23
Will They Just Pay Her? erpowers Feb 2024 #24
I don't think it will hurt Disney in the slightest. The Grand Illuminist Feb 2024 #25
With her career basically dead, I think that's all she wants Javaman Feb 2024 #34
Worse The Grand Illuminist Feb 2024 #38
"Will they just pay her?" LudwigPastorius Feb 2024 #39
They didn't fire her. They didn't pick up Ferrets are Cool Feb 2024 #27
Should have filed this in state court exboyfil Feb 2024 #29
I don't think that would have helped her. Aristus Feb 2024 #30
I thought that myself. The Grand Illuminist Feb 2024 #31
But would it be wise if you are one of the largest media entertainment companies in the world? exboyfil Feb 2024 #32
True that. The Grand Illuminist Feb 2024 #33
Doubt they're looking to win, or even reach settlement. Torchlight Feb 2024 #35
Self-delete Torchlight Feb 2024 #36

Comfortably_Numb

(3,886 posts)
2. Waaaa waaaaa waaaaa, I need a man-child twitter billionaire to pay for my lawyer. These fuckmooks deserve each other.
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 08:14 PM
Feb 2024

And Eloon reveals once again who he is….a pathetic vomit puddle.

The Grand Illuminist

(1,352 posts)
37. I'll go as far as this.
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 08:54 PM
Feb 2024

If the case is picked up for trial, then the men and women in congress who were targets on J6 should also be given the right to litigate against those convicted as they lost a lot of money in providing security for themselves and their respective families since.

rogue emissary

(3,149 posts)
4. I can't find the article, but
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 08:33 PM
Feb 2024

I'm pretty sure she was fired under a morality clause in her contract.

Anything deemed controversial or harmful to Disney would get you fired. So the BS I was dropped for right-wing thought is nonsense.

odins folly

(183 posts)
5. Why can't these dipshits
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 08:35 PM
Feb 2024

Understand the first amendment and freedom of speech relates to the government, not private companies, preventing or retaliating against what you say.

If you are an actor on a series, you automatically become a spokesperson and face of the series and therefore the company who carries the series. If Disney doesn’t like you spewing RW bullshit, they are perfectly within their right to fire your dumb ass and never let you work for them again.

Musk can fuckoff back to where he came from and take her with…

canuckledragger

(1,671 posts)
12. Because these childish right wing crybabies never take any responsibility for their actions.
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 09:49 PM
Feb 2024

Especially when they've knowingly broken the terms of a contract they've agreed to.

They're professional victims, dontcha know.

Chi67

(1,096 posts)
17. I hate Musk too
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 11:49 PM
Feb 2024

Tesla used to be on my list as far a new cars go. But he fucked up. Instead I stuck with Audi and got a mild hybrid this past year. My Audi dealership has been great to me for over a decade. From what I have seen in that time, Tesla's customer service is not anything close to Audi's. Then there's this:

When Musk rejected his own daughter due to his anti-LGBT views, that was it for me. He deserves not one red cent from me.

Now this. Tesla is not only off my list, but I hope the company goes down in flames.

William Gustafson

(303 posts)
18. "Now this. Tesla is not only off my list, but I hope the company goes down in flames"...
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 12:50 AM
Feb 2024

Well, most of his car seems to be doing just that....

quakerboy

(13,928 posts)
22. Id much rather see Twitter go down
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 05:44 AM
Feb 2024

And go down hard, but have him have to pull money from other places to try and feed his ego project. And then see starlink nationalized for security reasons, and spacex lose its federal funding and also require feeding from his other resources.

Then see how much of his 13% tesla The Odor can hold onto. The company could be good without him.

Ford_Prefect

(7,966 posts)
7. Most Entertainment contracts contain a section about bringing the character or the program into disrepute as grounds for
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 08:37 PM
Feb 2024

suspension or termination.

It rather depends on how she spoke out, in what forum it was seen or heard, and to some degree what the public response was.
Disney is well known to have VERY tight guidelines on such things and to be VERY aggressive in protecting their franchise.

cstanleytech

(26,398 posts)
14. Well, it stands to reason since they are after all fools. Not to mention complete unredeemable assholes.
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 10:33 PM
Feb 2024

Midnight Writer

(21,957 posts)
11. The claim of $75,000 to reimburse her for "lost millions" gives the game away.
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 09:35 PM
Feb 2024

I would be surprised if $75,000 would cover legal fees.

She is not recovering perceived damages. She is letting herself be used as a tool of Musk. She should be aware that Elon doesn't give a tinker's turd about her or her career. He is just satisfying grudges and will discard her if convenient.

ret5hd

(20,609 posts)
28. that makes it seem (to me anyway)...
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 02:01 PM
Feb 2024

that she and elon are hoping for a $75k “go away and leave me alone” check and then they could publicize “we beat disney!!!”

SleeplessinSoCal

(9,239 posts)
13. helpful article
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 09:50 PM
Feb 2024
A timeline of Gina Carano’s controversial comments: Why Mandalorian fans have been campaigning for her to be fired for months
Actor has sparked backlash with comments on Jewish people, Covid, gender and election fraud


Thursday 11 February 2021

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/gina-carano-mandalorian-holocaust-trump-covid-b1800802.html

Aristus

(66,649 posts)
15. Carano was employed in California, which is an at-will employment state.
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 11:14 PM
Feb 2024

At-will firing is something right-wingers usually celebrate. Right up until it happens to them.

I don’t think she’s going to lose the suit. I think the case is going to be thrown out before it ever gets to trial.

She’s only doing this because a prosperous career in the right-wing hate bubble didn’t pan out after Disney dumped her ass. She made a film that grossed something like $13,000 nationwide. Nobody wants to see her shitty acting.

Chi67

(1,096 posts)
16. Really?
Tue Feb 6, 2024, 11:30 PM
Feb 2024

Guess what Gina? Ya done fucked up. You're fired and you're gonna stay fired. And your lawsuit is going nowhere.

vercetti2021

(10,161 posts)
20. Hey asshole
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 01:56 AM
Feb 2024

You FAFO. Maybe shit talking trans people when your costars sister is trans wasn't a galaxy brain move

Javaman

(62,561 posts)
23. this failed actor thinks she will pull a gawker case on Disney.
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 08:38 AM
Feb 2024

Disney has billions, gawker did not.

I don't think she fully thought this through, but then again she has musky on her side, so the crazy is strong here

erpowers

(9,350 posts)
24. Will They Just Pay Her?
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 09:30 AM
Feb 2024

Do you think they will just pay her to get it over with and save money? She is only asking for $75,000. I assume she will lose if it goes to court, but it seems like it would cost Disney more than $75,000 to defend against his case. What so you think Disney does?

The Grand Illuminist

(1,352 posts)
25. I don't think it will hurt Disney in the slightest.
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 01:33 PM
Feb 2024

When it come to a full blown trial as they have their own legal dept.

LudwigPastorius

(9,366 posts)
39. "Will they just pay her?"
Thu Feb 8, 2024, 12:03 AM
Feb 2024

No, Disney will make it clear that they will take it to court.

...and Carano will back down, because she doesn't have a legitimate wrongful termination argument, and she stands to lose a lot of money in legal fees.

exboyfil

(17,872 posts)
29. Should have filed this in state court
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 02:07 PM
Feb 2024

California code prevents employers from restricting participation in politics.

Also I think she potentially has a case for defamation from this quote attributed to Disney management:

“Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

The goal of the lawsuit is to get to discovery where it becomes apparent that Disney management has a group think attitude towards a specific political position (in this case a liberal one that attempts to be more inclusive and accommodating). That combined with the backlash towards the approaches taken that seem to single out straight white men as the only (or primary) privileged group that further forms a narrative that Disney isn't interested in that group for its products and services.

I don't see much of a case her for her, but that isn't the goal.

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DIVISION 2. EMPLOYMENT REGULATION AND SUPERVISION [200 - 2699.8] ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90. )
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No employer shall make, adopt, or enforce any rule, regulation, or policy:

(a) Forbidding or preventing employees from engaging or participating in politics or from becoming candidates for public office.

(b) Controlling or directing, or tending to control or direct the political activities or affiliations of employees.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90.)

Aristus

(66,649 posts)
30. I don't think that would have helped her.
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 02:42 PM
Feb 2024

California is an at-will employment state, meaning either party can end the employment agreement for any reason or no reason. If Carano accuses Disney of firing her because of her political beliefs, Disney can either respond that that wasn't the reason she was fired, or they can simply invoke the at-will law, meaning they don't need a reason to fire her at all.

The Grand Illuminist

(1,352 posts)
31. I thought that myself.
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 02:45 PM
Feb 2024

But this law clearly focuses on activity like voting, volunteering, running for office, and participating in protests. There are no laws in the books that protect political ideology, affiliation, and party on the federal nor state level. So if you open a business that only accepts democrats only, it is legal.

exboyfil

(17,872 posts)
32. But would it be wise if you are one of the largest media entertainment companies in the world?
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 03:07 PM
Feb 2024

I think that is what these folks are going for.

Torchlight

(3,539 posts)
35. Doubt they're looking to win, or even reach settlement.
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 08:15 PM
Feb 2024

My guess is the lawyer wants to put his name in the LA trades for advertising, and Ms. Carano wants some attention on her, even this kind, before her face becomes wholly irrelevant.

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