Commentators Call Out Disney for Double Standard

Commentators Call Out Disney for Double Standard

( – “Cancel culture” first emerged as a phenomenon in 2017, and has since become one of the most controversial talking points in our political and social landscape.

On one hand, there are people — Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein are among the best-known examples — who have allegedly committed monstrous crimes. It’s only fitting that we would stop supporting these individuals with our money and attention. On the other hand, there are people who merely make inappropriate or controversial remarks and attract the same level of criticism. The debate about where we should draw the line rages on, and gains fresh relevance every time there is a new “cancellation.”

Gina Carano

Gina Carano, who featured in the first two seasons of the Star Wars spinoff series “The Mandalorian,” is the latest figure to ignite this conversation. On Wednesday, February 10, Lucasfilm (which Disney owns) announced Carano was no longer in its employ after she published an Instagram post comparing the treatment of Conservatives in America today to that of Jews in Nazi Germany. Her talent agency has also cut ties with her.

This was not the first of Carano’s posts to raise eyebrows. She also courted controversy last September for adding “beep/bop/boop” to her Twitter bio in an apparent dig at those who share preferred pronouns on their profiles. Several other posts, including one about mask-wearing, have been highlighted by social media users seeking to point out her wrongdoing.

James Gunn

While some of Carano’s comments were undoubtedly inappropriate, they are only half the story. Since her dismissal by Disney became public knowledge, several commentators on social media have highlighted a potential double standard on the part of the media giant.

James Gunn, who wrote and directed the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, was fired by Disney in 2018 after journalists discovered a spate of old tweets he had posted making fun of sex crimes, 9/11, and the trans community. However, he was later re-hired after making a public apology.

The public has taken to social media this week comparing Gunn’s situation to Carano’s. For example, political commentator Ben Shapiro posted a tweet highlighting some of Gunn’s controversial posts, noting that Disney re-hired him “despite” them. Another commentator, Jack Posobiec, also compared the two instances, saying the fact that Disney re-hired Gunn but fired Carano “tells you everything.”

Regardless of the point you’re trying to get across, making light of something like the Holocaust isn’t the way to do it. But even if the post that got Carano fired was inappropriate, did she deserve to be “cancelled” for it?

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