Every Friday for eight weeks I would sit down on my couch and watch a show about a space cowboy, a green frog person, and whatever issue they got themselves in for that week.
“The Mandalorian”was—and is—a cultural phenomenon bringing a small glimpse into a galaxy far, far away.
Its cast was a revolving door of Easter eggs, original characters, quirky aliens, and an adorable frog person, which was all a part of the appeal.
Moreover, I would like to take a look at Cara Dune - or more importantly, the actress who played her: Gina Carcano.
For those who don’t know Gina Carcano was, up until recently, employed by Disney to portray a jaded rebel commando. The instance of the firing was up in the air for a while because of her history of insensitive posts on Twitter.
These included her interesting choice in pronoun designation, mocking mask usage, and comparing the current American right to the Jewish population of Germany during World War II.
I’m a big proponent of free speech, but Gina’s Twitter presence brings up a gray area many people don’t know exists.
When someone joins the military or a government agency, their social media presence has maintain an image that coincides with the government’s image. Public perception might shift if the public saw soldiers advocating for extremist policies or questionable activities.
Most of us understand that makes sense. You sacrifice a little in your employment to maintain a certain image.
However, this can also be applied to the private sector.
Disney, Carcano’s former employer, is notorious for its contracts. Every contract contains a clause that pertains to the morality of the employee. It basically states that “improper” behavior is grounds for termination, much like in the military.
The actors for the Avengers basically had to embody their characters while interacting with the public. This is all in the name of maintaining a family friendly image.
If we want to be cynical: being as controversial as a slice of bread is good for sales. You can’t alienate potential consumers with a “bad” opinion or post.
So, on one hand we have the right to say whatever we want, but that does not mean we are exactly free from consequences. In a broad and legal sense, the only protections we have are from the government censoring us as individuals.
Now private businesses cannot legally censor us, except when we sign those rights away, which we have to do to if we want to use most social media sites. Not that it was Twitter censoring her, but Disney who made her sign those rights away.
After Ms. Carcano was unemployed, she immediately found employment in a movie directed by Ben Shapiro, so I do not feel too bad about her firing. However, I do find it ironic that she worries about being silenced yet immediately receives employment in a movie.
I think the entire situation points a few issues that should be worrying.
Firstly, social media is dominated by just a few big competitors and legally you can be silenced from a national and international conversation if those private businesses think your views are an issue.
Granted most businesses are reasonable in what they take down. It’s not good for business to censor everyone, and it’s not good to allow inappropriate and toxic speech to be allowed on an ethical level. It’s just something to keep in mind for the future.
Besides, Ms. Carcano took down the tweets on her own free will. The public’s outcry at her choice in expression made her take it down. Granted Disney’s PR team was probably involved, but only because a majority of the public (the consumers) took offense.
It wouldn’t be an issue if people did not care.
Free speech is important for the exchange of ideas. However, there are always good and bad ways of going about how to do exactly that. Having tact and using critical thought should be the basis—not sensational remarks and analogues.