Outrage surrounding Carano’s social media presence escalated in August when Twitter users called the actress racist for sharing a photo from a Nazi rally in 1936.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) August 2, 2020
Carano clarified that she shared the photo to draw attention to a “heartbreaking and powerful story of a man who changed his ways for the woman he loved,” as the photo showed a former Nazi, who eventually married a Jewish woman, refusing to give the “sieg heil” salute. But some commenters felt that simply sharing an image also featuring hundreds of Nazis sent the wrong message.
“You literally could’ve picked a better picture to show whatever u wanted to show that didn’t have fricken n*zi’s on it,” one Twitter user replied.
“Girl u got some explainin’ to do,” another wrote.
Carano ultimately denounced the users criticizing her choice to share the photo, calling them “trolls.”
One commenter, however, suggested that the critics were simply trying to educate — to which Carano responded that her critics were misinformed “cowards and bullies” rather than “educators.”
In my experience, screaming at someone that they are a racist when they are indeed NOT a racist & any post and/or research you do will show you those exact facts. Then I’m sorry, these people are not “educators”.. they are cowards and bullies.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) August 4, 2020
Some jumped to Carano’s defense, calling her critics ” SJW trolls” and screenshotting comments in which Twitter users called Carano a “bootlicker” and demanded that she tweet “ACAB” to prove her commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Gina Carano is being bullied & harassed by SJW trolls.
They’re calling her a “racist bootlicker” & demanding she “Say ACAB/BLM” to prove she’s not racist.
Gina is having none of it, calling them cowards for trying to bully her off social media. pic.twitter.com/QEEEEVzX6y
— Dataracer (@Dataracer117) August 5, 2020
On August 5, however, #GinaCaranoIsOverParty began trending on Twitter, as enraged Twitter users continued to suggest that Carano was racist and recalled that she had shared anti-mask memes amid the COVID-19 pandemic and retweeted content from alt-right figureheads like activist and conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec.
Carano came under fire again in early September for urging churches and businesses to re-open amid the pandemic, arguing that the coronavirus does not “know the difference between a protest or praise & worship.”
A June research paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that protests were not yet associated with significant increases in COVID-19 infections, according to Forbes. There have been hundrends of cases linked to religious facilities, though, as was documented in a July New York Times article.
The world IS open but no one is allowed to work. Working is a right you, as an American have. It gives us purpose, focus, pride and most importantly a way to support the ones we love. People are dropping like flies from depression and suicide, overdoses, MURDER. Enough already.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) September 6, 2020
Commenters suggested that her position appeared to be anti-protest and several pointed out that the Black Lives Matter protests, unlike worship services, took place outside and involved largely masked participants.
Others suggested that Carano use her platform to encourage safety measures.
“People are also literally dying because of COVID-19, so you should be promoting people to follow the safety protocols, wear actual masks, and practice social distancing to help this pass faster,” one commenter wrote. “Then we can get back to normal like other countries. It’s that simple.”
Carano raised eyebrows again this week when she appeared to poke fun at the Twitter users who disclose their preferred pronouns on their profiles.
In lieu of adding “she/her/hers” next to her name — an increasingly common practice among the LGBTQ+ community and their allies — Carano wrote “beep/bop/boop” next to her name. The actress’s critics immediately denounced the move, calling the sentiment”transphobic.”
In a tweet on Saturday, Carano said she had spoken to her co-star, Pedro Pascal, to understand why social media users chose to share their preferred pronouns — and while she wouldn’t be sharing her own, she respected other Twitter users’ right to do so.
“I stand against bullying, especially the most vulnerable & freedom to choose,” she wrote.
Yes, Pedro & I spoke & he helped me understand why people were putting them in their bios. I didn’t know before but I do now. I won’t be putting them in my bio but good for all you who choose to. I stand against bullying, especially the most vulnerable & freedom to choose. 💯
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) September 12, 2020
In response, Carano’s critics demanded that she show her support for trans individuals by apologizing and sharing her accurate pronouns.
The actress resisted, describing the ongoing criticism of her online behavior as “months of harassing in every way.”
“I decided to put 3 VERY controversial words in my bio.. beep/bop/boop,” she tweeted. “I’m not against trans lives at all. They need to find less abusive representation.”
They’re mad cuz I won’t put pronouns in my bio to show my support for trans lives.
After months of harassing me in every way. I decided to put 3 VERY controversial words in my bio.. beep/bop/boop
I’m not against trans lives at all. They need to find less abusive representation.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) September 13, 2020
I don’t think trans people would like all of you trying to force a woman to put something in her bio through harassment & name calling EVERYDAY for MONTHS. Such as “Racist” Transphobe” “Bitch” “Weirdo” “ I hope you die” “I hope you lose your career” “your fat, you’re ugly”.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) September 13, 2020
Later that evening, Carano clarified that her decision to place “Beep/bop/boop” in her bio in lieu of pronouns had “zero to do with mocking trans people” – rather, she said, it was her attempt at “exposing the bullying mentality of the mob that has taken over the voices of many genuine causes.”
“BOOP you for misunderstanding,” she quipped.
The words no longer appear in her bio.
Beep/bop/boop has zero to do with mocking trans people 🤍& 💯 to do with exposing the bullying mentality of the mob that has taken over the voices of many genuine causes.
I want people to know you can take hate with a smile. So BOOP you for misunderstanding. 😊 #AllLoveNoHate pic.twitter.com/Qe48AiZyOL
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) September 14, 2020
Critics are now calling on Disney to stand by its LGBTQ+ audience fire the “Mandalorian” actress for her statements.
“Fire Gina Carano, please and thank you,” one Twitter user wrote accompanying a retweet of new images from the show.
“Gina Carano is out here trashing BLM, telling people not to wear masks, spreading theories that Covid is fake, blocking fans for disagreeing with her, and now publicly liking tweets that make fun of people for putting pronouns in their bio?” one wrote. “Disney, she IS NOT IT.”
Representatives for Gina Carano did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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