Earlier this year, fans saw former The Mandalorian star Gina Carano spouting off about various conspiracy theories related to the COVID pandemic and the 2020 US Presidential Election results, as well as just generally being a pseudo-hateful mess. Fans called on Disney to fire her from The Mandalorian and they did just that (her talent agency, UTA, also gave her the boot). That meant a vacancy opened up on the set of The Mandalorian for a badass actress type, and fans got real vocal about the thought of it being filled by the prototype for badass actresses, Lucy Lawless. The only problem is, those fans got a little too involved with their fantasy, and Lucy is now saying that it might have hurt her chances to join the Star Wars universe.
Former New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss took time out of her busy schedule of complaining about “cancel culture” (she’s one of the people who signed that open letter published in Harper’s last summer) to complain about cancel culture, posting a defense of Gina Carano against charges of antisemitism. As such, Bari spoke to Gina to ask her what she really meant when she posted those Nazi comparison memes (among other “abhorrent and unacceptable” things) that got her fired from Disney’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Since we already know Gina’s a disingenuous dumbass, I won’t bore you with her explanation about that, but we did learn that Gina only found out she’d been fired by Lucasfilms ”through social media, like everyone else,” which is objectively hilarious. You live by the tweet, you die by the tweet.
Back in June John Boyega made headlines when he gave an impassioned, impromptu speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in London. In it, he said, “I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that.” Celebs like Jordan Peele, Olivia Wilde, and his Star Wars director JJ Abrams took to Twitter to assure John that they’d still love to work with him.
Now, John’s continuing that honesty streak in a new interview with GQ. He discusses Black Lives Matter, his personal journey to self-actualization, and being a Black actor in the Star Wars franchise. He says that he, along with other actors of color like Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran, and even Oscar Isaac (whom John refers to as “a brother from Guatemala”), were trotted out to sell the movies, but sidelined in the actual films.
Well you’ve done it. Because everyone thought that Baby Yoda was so cute and was cashing in on that shit, now we have Baby Jabba, as in Baby Jabba the Hutt, that disgusting slug who held up women in chains and bikinis. Fuck that kid, I say. And lucky for us he’s not official, as this is just the brain child of some artist trying to curse us with more shit we don’t need. …For now…
Just like when Avengers: End Game introduced its first gay character in the form of a momentary part of dialogue where a guy mentions he went on a date with another man (scandalous…), Star Wars is trying to also lightly season its universe with the gays. It’s been revealed that the newest movie, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker will feature the franchise’s first same-sex kiss, because J.J. Abrams loves the LGBTQ community. Okay, he loves us within reason; stop thinking that Poe and Finn get together. If you think two people in that screen grab above are going to kiss, you’d have better luck being right if one of them is Chewbacca.
If you’re a Star Wars purist, you might be the type of person who separates the films into two categories, BC (Before Corporate Sellout) and AD (After Disney). And clearly there are some people who favor one side to the other. Me personally? I’m only interested if Baby Yoda is involved. George Lucas sold the Star Wars universe to Disney in 2012 for $4 billion, and it didn’t take him very long to start talking shit about the first post-Disney film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it was released in 2015. George didn’t like it then, he still doesn’t like it now. J.J. Abrams, director and screenwriter of The Force Awakens, has had just about enough of George’s hateration and holleration in this spacery.