Gina Carano, star of the successful Disney+ show The Mandalorian, was criticized for “offensive” tweets she made comparing the mob who attempt to unperson and dehumanize people they disagree with politically to the neighbors of Jews in Poland and Germany who did the same. Then the mob proved her right and got Disney+ to fire her. She hasn’t been jumped in the street yet. Yet.
There’s been no word from the Never Trumpers who don’t see canceling as a problem. Got to get rid of the bad guys, right? Including one of the few outspoken actors in Hollywood who stands for diversity of thought.
Gina Carano isn’t anti-Semitic. She’s not anti-anything except for the totalitarian instinct to bend the knee to the whims of whatever the leftist mob defines as the latest thought crime. For a year, Carano has been hounded on Twitter because she refused to put her gender in her profile. She finally did, tongue in cheek, and that was too much. The transgender activists, intent on eliminating the word “woman” from the vernacular, and really, eliminating women from everything, hate Carano. She manages to be feminine and butch at the same time. She refuses to submit to them. She must go.
If one is not a sci-fi nerd and cares nothing for Star Wars and, further, doesn’t engage in social media, well, this story may not seem like such a big deal. For my family it is. This is a show that I watched with my boys. It’s a show that I could watch with them, happily. No swearing. No sex. There’s good and evil. There are cool fights. There are fun characters. There are Stormtroopers — lots of them. For those steeped in Star Wars lore, there are fun Easter Eggs, little hidden gems that true fans pick up and enjoy.
As an added bonus, the female characters are legit, and not in the Marvel universe “Go grrrl!” way but in an authentic, substantial way. Gina Carano plays one of those characters. In real life, Gina is a former mixed martial arts fighter. When she suits up as Cara Dune, a rebel fighter, and fights — well, it’s believable. And awesome! No twiggy Angelina Jolie in Salt. Gina’s fight scenes are believable because Gina could beat the crap out of every guy on the set for real, and she fights like it. In one memorable scene, she drags the main character, fully suited in steal armor, for about 20 feet. Did she need a stunt double to do the heavy work? No. Why? Because she’s freaking Gina Carano and knows her business.
If it seems like I’m a fan, it’s because I am. It’s tiring seeing so much unreality in television, when more appropriate actors often aren’t cast because they aren’t conventional. Carano is muscled and stunningly gorgeous. She’s perfect as a female fighter. And the cancel mob succeeded in getting rid of her.
Worse, Disney bent to the mob. They really wanted to, mind you. They never stood by their actress, and, in fact, there were rumors that execs wanted to get rid of her last year and show-runner and writer Jon Favreau had to fight with the studio to keep her.
Disney, the wokest of woke corporations, and also the company that filmed a movie in China near concentration camps, fired Carano while keeping other actors who made absurd Nazi comparisons. Hopefully Carano has a good attorney. She should be able to prove, in court, not only that she was wrongfully terminated but that the studio is being sexist since male Disney employees who have made hyperbolic Nazi references still enjoy employment.
It’s now more socially acceptable to work with the CCP, who has literal concentration camps, than it is to make social media posts that criticize the woke left.
Very cool. Much progress and tolerance.
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) February 11, 2021
When the “Gina Carano” episode of the woke show I call You Can’t Say That! happened, I was in the midst of writing a piece about how the thought-policing is getting worse and more people are noticing. I’m combining the pieces because the firing of Carano illustrates the point:
Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, and Nick Nolte wrote articles last weekend hitting on the censor-bully phenomenon. They push back on the “you can’t say that” and “you can’t do that” totalitarian impulse coming from the left, where certain words are verboten and good people don’t do certain bad things or else.
Greenwald decried the tattle-tales, especially in the media, looking to cancel anyone who doesn’t conform to speech codes. In this case, it was someone who had allegedly used the word “retard” in a private chat that an intrepid reporter had infiltrated. The word hadn’t been used by that person. The word actually was used as a quote of other people using the word. One has to dig deep to be offended by this, but dig a stupid New York Times writer did. Worse than that, though, is banning the word. Greenwald says that word could be offensive to people and shouldn’t be used. Bah! It’s a descriptive word, and, if it’s the most accurate one for the situation, I say it should be used. Enough with the speech policing.
Taibbi writes about private speech being made public while public political speech is hidden:
Let’s stipulate, for a moment, that these people are right, that private spaces breed fascism and bigotry, because as William Blake wrote, we should “expect poison from standing water,” making transparency the ultimate public virtue. Let’s agree that all private spaces must have their windows thrown open, so that New York Times reporters can sit watching for transgressions. I disagree with this creeptastic point of view, but let’s admit it, for sake of argument.
How do we square that belief with the attitude of these “reporters” toward Wikileaks, or Edward Snowden, or the secret budgets of the intelligence services, or our global network of secret prisons, or our regime of secret National Security Letter subpoenas, or any of a dozen other areas where official or corporate secrecy has expanded? While self-styled heroes of anti-fascism at places like the New York Times have been outing the likes of “Jules,” “Fab,” and “Chloe” for the crime of listening to the word “retard,” the exercise of actual political power has more and more become a black box, and nobody in these newsrooms seems to care.
These culture warriors are collectively making a clear statement: Personal privacy is dangerous, official secrecy is not. They seek total transparency when it comes to our personal beliefs and opinions, and oppose it for governments or tech monopolies.
Finally, Nolte writes about the glories of Animal House, the movie lampooning the powers that be on the college campus. Who is the counterculture now? Well, the Left, personified by the mask-wearing, speech code–enforcing, and now submission-requiring church ladies, aren’t the counterculture, that’s for sure. Nolte says:
Mostly, though, Animal House is a vital and crucially important lesson in distrusting institutions and authority, as well as standing up to and against conformist bullies. What’s more American than that?
At the time, Animal House was described as a slobs versus snobs movie. Today, you could just as easily describe it as a deplorables versus social justice warriors movie. [My note: I’d call it the “slobs versus woke mobs.”]
When Bluto smashes a pretentious hippie’s guitar, he speaks for all of us.
How have freedom-loving Americans arrived in the place where they submit to no-talent ninnies and neighborhood Nancys so intent on making everyone else conform to their own perverse moral vision? Super Bowl winner Tom Brady ignored all the chirping harpies on Twitter who got after him for — cue the fainting couches — walking into the stadium without a mask! Despite their tsk-tsking, he managed to win the game.
The social sanction is everywhere, but in no place is it more ubiquitous than the “Amen” pew in the Church of Secularity: Twitter.
Twitter is aptly named. The whole app is the secular church choir, sitting on the front row, nodding along to the critical race theorists and trans activists shushing the rest of the church. True believers, they tattle to the pastor, His Holiness Jack Dorsey, or, in Carano’s case, to Disney executives. They’re the loud talkers in church, sharing the knowing glances and all the juicy gossip. They even brunch together! Or they did, until COVID came and they had to spend even more time enforcing the rules for the ne’er-do-wells who refuse to get with the program. What am I saying? They still brunch together. Rules are for the little people.
These are the people (and there aren’t that many of them, but the dull-witted, dare I say morally retarded, herd are gaining numbers because they so easily gain power from being cry-bullies) who run America now. They don’t do anything. They don’t make anything.
They don’t value free speech or thought or individual agency.
What they have discovered is that while they’re incapable of innovation or original thought, they can destroy those who are innovative and original. Who feels more powerful? The maker of the sand castle or the malicious kid who kicks it over? These children feel more powerful kicking over the castles that other people have built because they’ve got nothing else to give their lives value.
There have always been people possessed of this evil impulse. And Gina Carano is right: it wasn’t just the Nazis raping, murdering, and exterminating people. Neighbor turned against neighbor. Friends shunned friends. And the people who didn’t join in looked the other way (hi, Never Trump!) because they were afraid to say or do anything for fear of their own lives and livelihoods being destroyed. Fear is a powerful motivator. And America is in the grips of an entirely justified terror of these worthless tormentors. People aren’t imagining it. They’re not safe to speak their minds publicly, and increasingly in private, as noted above.
Gina Carano got canceled for telling the truth about these totalitarian thugs, and they illustrated her point by wrecking her professionally. When will this end? Not during the next four years. The Left has found a way to control the speech and behavior of anyone who disagrees with them. They also know that most people are gutless when it comes to sticking their necks out to help those ruined by them. That’s a pretty heady power high, and it ends in really bad places — just ask the Jews, the Uighurs, the Tutsis, the Armenians, the victims of the Great Terror under Stalin, and the victims of Mao’s revolution. Millions upon millions of people have died at the hands of their neighbors, and it all started with denying the humanity of those who were considered “bad” people and who disagreed with them.