Gina Carano defends Mandalorian actor Katy O'Brian after she receives hate from fans
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Gina Carano has defended one of her former Mandalorian co-stars after she came in for some criticism.
The former mixed martial artist played Cara Dune in the hit Star Wars spin-off until she was kicked off the series over remarks she made about the Jewish community.
In posts to social media, the 40-year-old likened the apparent demonization of her political beliefs to the suffering Jews experienced during the holocaust.
She said: “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?”
Her inflammatory comments sparked a huge backlash, with people upset by her use of the Holocaust to make a point about her Republican leanings.
As a result, Disney producers axed her character from the show.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the company condemned her comments.
“Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable," it read.
As you can imagine, her dismissal caused quite a stir, with fans divided on how they felt about it.
While many thought Disney was well within its rights, others cited it as a clear example of someone being 'cancelled'.
And recently, fellow star Katy O'Brian, who joined The Mandalorian as Elia Kane in the second season, found herself embroiled in the drama.
Taking to social media, someone shared a photo of O'Brian, joking that Disney had 'kicked a muscular transphobe off the show and then brought in a muscular lesbian'.
Others then hit back, hurling insults at O'Brian.
Upset by what she was reading, Carano jumped in to defend her former co-star.
She said: "I’ve been tagged in this a bunch so I wanted to say one thing.. please do not engage in hateful comments towards the actress in this pic.
"I met her on season 2 of Mando I believe and she was a sweetheart. Send her nothing but love. The person who posted this is sad and got the ugly attention she desired.. but that is not this actresses fault."
The actor added: "It hurts my heart to think that someone is so excited about a job to be met with unjust hate because of ridiculous drama, rumors and heresy.
"I experienced that and it is cruel, I don’t want anyone else to feel that. Move with care on here."