MANDALORIAN star Bill Burr has defended former colleague Gina Carano calling her firing from the show for her “anti-semitic” post “too harsh”.
The actor, 52, weighed in on the furore during his The Bill Bert Podcast showing support for his ex co-star, calling her “an absolute sweetheart.”
Last month Caranaro, 38, sparked a huge backlash for comparing US politics to Nazi Germany, saying of the extermination of millions: “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
Following the post a spokesperson for Lucasfilm confirmed Gina’s termination from The Mandalorian, stating: “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future.”
The statement continued: “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Bill, who plays Mayfeld in the hit series, talked about the incident on his podcast alongside comedian Joe DeRosa.
He said about Caranaro: “How can you get away with judging someone so harshly?
“It’s a weird time… Unless she did some truly horrible s**t or said overtly racist s**t. I don’t know. I think there is just too many channels.
“And then you gotta do sensational sh*t… I don’t know what the f**k it is. I’m on that f**king show. Now, I gotta watch what the f**k I say.”
Bill went on: “She was an absolute sweetheart. Super nice f**king person. And you know whatever and somehow someone will take this video and they’ll make me say something else and try to get rid of my bald action figure… It’s how it is out there. It’s f**king crazy times. People just waiting, laying in the weeds.”
Gina portrayed the recurring role of Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune for the first two seasons of The Mandalorian.
Following her Instagram, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano began trending on social media.
The since deleted post 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.”
The actress is no stranger to controversy, as she was previously slammed after mocking mask-wearing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Gina was also under fire after she falsely suggested that voter fraud took place during the 2020 presidential election.
“They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw,” a source close to Lucasfilm toldThe Hollywood Reporter.
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The Mandalorian premiered on Disney+ in November 2019.
Gina’s character Cara Dune became an instant fan-favorite, as the actress was praised for her portrayal of the role.
As the series had continued success, she soon became a controversial figure among fans of the show due to her tweets.