Bill Burr is the first actor from The Mandalorian to have his say on the recent firing of Gina Carano due to controversial social media posts.
The majority of the main cast and crew of The Mandalorian have remained tight-lipped about Carano’s dismissal.
However, appearing on The Bill Burr Podcast, Burr spoke in solidarity with his former Star Wars co-star, calling her: 'an absolute sweetheart'.
Burr, who plays the role of Mayfield in the TV series, later went onto vocalise his criticisms of cancel culture on social media, after Disney confirmed that Carano would not be recast in the role of Cara Dune.
“It’s a weird time… Unless she did some truly horrible s*** or said overtly racist s***,” Burr said about Carano.
“I don’t know. I think there is just too many channels. And then you gotta do sensational s***… I don’t know what the f*** it is. I’m on that f****** show. Now, I gotta watch what the f*** I say.”
“She was an absolute sweetheart. Super nice f****** person,” Burr later said of the actress. “And you know whatever and somehow someone will take this video and they’ll make me say something else and try to get rid of my bald action figure…
"It’s how it is out there. It’s f****** crazy times. People just waiting, laying in the weeds.”
This comment comes after action figure company, Hasbro discontinued the Cara Dune action figure following Carano’s firing. Lucasfilm announced on 10 February that it was cutting ties with Carano due to her history of controversial social media posts which came to a head in an Instagram story she posted, comparing the current U.S. political climate to Nazi Germany.
Lucasfilm announced Carano’s firing, calling her social media posts 'abhorrent and unacceptable' in how they 'denigrated people based on their cultural and religious identities.'
Later in the podcast, Burr elaborated on his views of cancel culture by saying, “Now it’s becoming like, ‘Hey you made an ignorant comparison. (flushing sound) There goes your dream, right? I look at that and it’s like, ‘Who the f*** stands up to that?’”
Carano is now moving on to develop and star in a new feature film for the conservative website The Daily Wire. In her initial statement on her firing, she said: “I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.”
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