A little over a year since he first opened up about his former co-star’s firing, comedian Bill Burr has offered his opinion that Gina Carano’s firing from The Mandalorian was unfair.
Burr spoke to Carano’s firing during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter given both in retrospective of his career and promotion of his upcoming Netflix stand-up special, Live at Red Rocks.
Following discussions on such topics as the ups and downs of his career and his eighteen-year relationship with his wife, Burr was eventually pressed by THR writer James Hibberd for information on whether or not there was a chance he would reprise his roles as Saul Goodman henchman Patrick Kuby or Imperial-soldier-turned-mercenary Migs Mayfeld in either Better Call Saul or The Mandalorian’s respective upcoming seasons.
Refusing to confirm or deny such a possibility, Burr instead told Hibberd, “I just do stuff if it seems like it’s fun, and the people I’m working with are trying to do something great.”
“You go on the set of Mandalorian, they’re trying to make something great all day,” he continued, before solemnly trailing off and interjecting, “That makes me think of Gina. How cool she was as a person.”
Next asked by Hibberd whether or not he though Carano’s firing from The Mandalorian was ‘a fair move,’ Burr bluntly responded, “No.”
“I thought it was funny that the liberals proved her point,” he continued. “They just use outrage because they don’t like your politics. As someone who considers himself liberal, it’s disappointing to see the left become how the right used to be when they went after the Dixie Chicks after they criticized George W. Bush.”
The comedian added, “There’s not a lot of people like that — most are just trying not to get in trouble — but there’s this small collection of lunatics — either on the right or the left, at any given moment – that cause hysteria. And now there’s so many [media outlets] that want eyeballs, they make money off advertising, that they give attention to these crazy fringe people.”
“The whole thing with Gina: You can’t chime in when the shit’s happening, because then you cause static for other people on the [show],” he said. “That somebody’s opinion — or their political beliefs — makes people try to destroy their ability to make a living, it’s f–king bizarre to me.”
Burr then launched into a rant against the modern mechanics of cancel culture – though he avoided using the specific term – exclaiming, “And I love the whole idea that somebody can go back eight years in somebody’s Twitter feed and be like, ‘What about this?’ And nobody says, ‘You had to go back eight years to find something?! Sounds like this is a pretty good person if you had to go back eight f–kng years!’”
He observed, “Meanwhile, there are people who get paroled from prison every day who have done so much worse and they’re allowed to put their lives back together. You can have 20-year wars, you can create synthetic heroin, you can f–king poison the food supply. You can do all of that s–t and it’s barely going to read.”
“They did a study the other day that 85 percent of people have plastic in their body – horrifying,” he concluded. “Who’s going to be held accountable for that? Nobody. But I could tell you five different topics that if I did jokes about, I would get more in trouble than the people who caused that.”
Carano was fired from her role on The Mandalorian as Navarro Marshal and former Alliance fighter Cara Dune in February 2021 after Disney buckled to public outrage regarding her sharing of a social media post that cautioned Americans against demonizing one another over political disagreements.
The post in question, an Instagram story which auto-deleted itself after 24 hours as per the platform’s programming, featured a screenshot from the separate Instagram story of the warriorpriestgympodcast account wherein a photograph of a child with a blunt object chasing a woman in undress during the Lviv pogroms of 1941 was captioned, “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,” the post continued. “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
Burr previously addressed Carano’s firing during an appearance on the February 24th, 2021 episode The Bill Bert Podcast.
“It’s a weird time,” he said on the topic of the actress’ then-recent firing. “I don’t know. I kind of… Unless she did some truly horrible shit. I don’t know.”
The comedian would later add, “If you make like a bad comparison. If you come off like Joe trying to find where Atlanta is compared to New York. That’s not homophobic. That’s just ignorant.”
“I don’t know what the f–k it is,” he said. “I’m on that f—ing show. Now, I gotta watch what the f–k I say.”
Burr would then praise Carano, asserting, “She was an absolute sweetheart. Super nice f—ing 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.”
“How it is out there,” he observed. “It’s f—ing crazy time. People just waiting, laying in the weeds.”
Later in the video, they would begin talking about cancel culture in general, and Burr would state, “Now it’s becoming like, ‘Hey you made an ignorant comparison, (flushing sound) there goes your dream, right?”
He then questions, “I look at that and it’s like, ‘Who the f— stands up to that?’”
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