Disney, in its guise of Lucasfilm, proved with the final Star Wars trilogy that it didn’t care what the fans thought, much less what they wanted. It’s shown through other projects how it would rather wear its wokeness on Mickey’s chest like a badge of honor than put out movies and shows that entertained and made money. Now, in one cowardly move, it not only caved to the wokies but it proved yet again that it has no respect or regard for its fans, much less for those who work for it. In short, Disney did its best imitate those who advocate banning books or politicians who want to silence dissenting voices, Disney has fired Gina Carano for expressing opinions the powers-that-be don’t agree with.
“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.”
What did Carano do that was so bad?
Well, she tweeted that Epstein didn’t kill himself.
She retweeted conservative–and sometimes controversial–posts.
She stood up for herself.
She didn’t fall in line with the social media haters who demanded she be fired or with Disney that supposedly demanded she apologize.
In other words, she wasn’t a sufficiently contrite recovering conservative willing to postrate herself at the altar of wokeness.
Earlier this month, she tweeted this:
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) February 2, 2021
Seems pretty prophetic and it is too bad Disney and its stuffed shirts and scared execs who worry more about what the Twitterjerks think than their own fanbase should read the above and think long and hard about what it says. Instead of standing up and taking the social media blows–probably struck by folks who never watched The Mandalorian–Disney caved. What are they going to do the next time someone decides one of their shows isn’t woke enough or one of their stars said something not enlightened enough?
They’ll cave and then they will pander and point fingers and never accept the blame for profit losses when their investors demand an explanation.
Frankly, what Disney is doing pretty much puts the truth to one of Carano’s shared Tiktok posts that got her in trouble.
“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. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views,” she wrote.
In this case, it might not necessarily be the goverment making neighbor hate neighbor (although that is still up for debate in this time of “unity”), but there are those on social media who have appointed themselves the conscience of our country and they don’t give a damn who they hurt or ruin in order to impose their views on the rest of us.
When are we going to finally say “Enough!”? When are businesses going to tell these harpies to go take a long walk off a very short pier?
Honestly, all this reminds me of those folks who advocate banning books because their ideas are dangerous. It’s nothing new but it seems to get more insane with each passing year. I’m still at a loss trying to figure out those parents who wanted Harry Potter banned when my son was in school because it was going to turn all our kids into witches.
When I start quoting the ACLU, it is time for each of us to take a long, hard look at what is going on and to take a stand. (This is from their article about Banned Books.)
Ideas are powerful. That’s why intellectual freedom is protected by the First Amendments — and it’s also why sometimes governments try to suppress them.
This is just one part of the battle. We have to fight against the government silencing opposing voices under the guise of protecting the nation. Yes, there are limits to the protections granted by the First Amendment, but they do not and should not extend to silencing dissenting opinions.
But there is another part of the battle, one we tend to overlook or confuse with First Amendment issues. The Passive Voive describes it this way:
PG acknowledges that there are meaningful distinctions between a government agency attempting to prevent people from reading books about certain subjects and a private publisher acting in the same way.
However, he suggests the human impulse of someone with a bit of power to ban the dissemination of ideas that don’t fit in with their opinions or prejudices is at the root of both actions.
This is what we are seeing with some of our businesses, especially in the entertainment and publishing sectors. This is what we have to stand up against.
One way to do it is to be as vocal on social media as the self-appointed censors. Another way is to support indie works, be they on stage, on film or in publishing. In other words, if the woke companies don’t want to hear us, if they don’t value our opinions and our wants, they don’t want or value our money either. Spend it on those who do.
Disney, you’ve been losing me for a long time. This is the final straw.
The sad thing about the Harry Potter stuff was that it started because some parents didn’t want it mandated that their children had to read Harry Potter.
I understand why they didn’t want their children to read Harry Potter even if I do not agree with their reason.
They were not the people saying “NOBODY SHOULD READ THAT”.
Edward R. Murrow comes to mind:
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men – not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular” — Edward R. Murrow
Except that the woke crowd ARE fearful – terribly fearful. Afraid of themselves, of their neighbors, of anyone that doesn’t think or act like the hive mind. They are the epitome of cowardice. Bullies of the highest order – ganging up on anyone that doesn’t agree with them.
We have fallen very far from Murrow’s standard.
“You may not be interested in the Gleichschaltung [=forced “synchronization”], but the Gleichschaltung is interested in you,” as Insty keeps repeating.
I imagine the suits at Disney were seething that dialogue from “Rocky Balboa” (a/k/a Rocky 6) is far, far better than any dreck their studio has scripted in over 2 decades.
In the 1960s, there was a TV program called “The Outer Limits”. One episode dealt with a device which allowed people to be spied upon by anyone in any place, called “OBIT”. The device turns out to have been developed by aliens to destroy humanity and the ending of the piece was the government going out to try and find all the machines. Today, social media is the new OBIT. It’s addictive and destroys people’s lives, it creates mobs that electronically range over the country or even entire planet to seek out and attack those with different political cultures. Since virtually every large corporation is linked to this network and the mobs can create additional commerce the mobs have great power over the employees and even the ideology of said corporations. This is particularly destructive in the case of media corporations and the academy. The effect of the social media mobs needs to be closely monitored and should be shut down before we stumble into an Orwellian nightmare which is presently look all too possible.
— One way to do it is to be as vocal on social media as the self-appointed censors. —
Note that the major “social media” have surrendered to the wokist censors. What the censors demand, the media barons immediately implement: bannings, suspensions, reductions in “reach,” and so forth. Thus, today we have two “social media” universes: the older, better established one of Facebook and Twitter, where anyone to the right of Lenin is swiftly made unwelcome; and the newer, slowly growing one of Gab, MeWe, and Parler, where conservatives and libertarians are welcome but which the wokist censors — with the tacit approval of the barons of Facebook and Twitter, as well as the “mainstream” media — defame as “hangouts for racists and Nazis” at every opportunity.
In short, there is no communication between the two sides, and therefore no way to strike back at the wokist censors. We can only keep apart from them, and hopefully outgrow them.
Kathleen Kennedy is an Aunt Rand villain.
“Aunt Rand”? Auto-corrupt? Or some sort of veneration I have not previously been privy to?
How is that any different from hating someone for their political views
But they’re not hating you for your political views. They’re hating you for your belief system, for your RELIGION. The reason it looks like politics is because the Progressives have managed to return us to the state of Europe pre-Reformation, where religion is a vital part of the state itself.
When are businesses going to tell these harpies to go take a long walk off a very short pier?
When they finally value freedom more than security.
there are limits to the protections granted by the First Amendment
I keep insisting the right to freedom of speech is absolute. It’s the RESULT of said speech that is regulated. You can say whatever you want – but if it defrauds someone, you suffer for the fraud; if it panics someones into a stampede, you suffer for the stampede; if it defames someone, you’re responsible for the defamation itself.
Disney, you’ve been losing me for a long time.
They lost me long ago. Which reminds me that I need to find an un-expurgated version of Dumbo in case it disappears like Song of the South did (got that one).
Disney’s killed DUMBO!!!!!1111!!!! And many, many, more, and itself, with a 155mm howitzer.