Disney CEO Bob Chapek said he doesn’t think the company favors either political party when he was asked about firing Gina Carano from “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian.”
During Tuesday’s annual shareholder meeting, a stockholder accused Disney of a double standard for firing Carano for a social media post that compared today’s conservatives to the Jewish people who were persecuted by Nazi Germany during WWII. Chapek responded that he doesn’t “really see Disney as characterizing itself as left-leaning or right-leaning.”
When the shareholder pointed out that Carano’s co-star Pedro Pascal had also made a social media post referencing Nazi Germany, he was not fired. In his tweet, Pascal compared Trump supporters to Confederates and Nazis.
Pedro Pascal, who plays the Mandalorian on Disney Plus, was not fired for this post on Instagram comparing Trump supporters to Nazis and Confederates pic.twitter.com/Tgh3jJ6lLc
— Travis Wines (@TWines4congress) February 11, 2021
Chapek refused to respond directly to the Carano controversy, also side stepping a question about the “Disney black list,” noting that the house of mouse stands for “values that are universal: respect, decency, integrity and inclusion and we seek to have the content that we make reflective of the rich diversity of the world we live in. And I think that’s a world we should all live in harmony and peace.”
Carano addressed her post on “The Ben Shapiro Show,” saying Disney owned Lucasfilm watched her “like a hawk” during filming. “I had a problem because I wasn’t going along with the narrative,” the conservative actress told Shapiro. “They’re making it very obvious through their employees who were coming for me, and so I was like, ‘I’m going to go down swinging and I’m going to stay true to myself.’”