That Joke You Made Is Real Now: Gina Carano's Making A Movie With Ben Shapiro


Oh boy! You know how sometimes you make a joke about a terrible thing that you assume is too terrible to actually happen in real life, but then it actually does happen in real life — like the years and years of jokes about Donald Trump becoming President that now feel so depressing whenever we see them on reruns?" — well, that happened. Gina Carano, the lady who got axed from the third season of The Mandalorian, is set to continue her acting career, assisted by none other than failed dramedy writer Ben Shapiro.

Deadline breathlessly reported this collaboration with the headline, "Gina Carano Hits Back, Announces New Movie Project With Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire: "They Can't Cancel Us If We Don't Let Them:"

Carano told us today: "The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered. I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can't cancel us if we don't let them."

Just as a refresher — Lucasfilm made the decision to not rehire Carano for the third season of The Mandalorian not because she spoke truth to power in some capacity, but because she downplayed the Holocaust by claiming that it was practically the same thing as liberals not liking conservatives who believe abhorrent things and downplay the Holocaust by claiming ... wow! Let's just stop because we could be in that loop for hours.

She said a very offensive thing on top of about a million other offensive things. She said all those other shitty things, without consequence, for a very long time. And then the free market — which conservatives love so dearly and must protect from all of us evil Marxists out here thinking we should make things somewhat less horrible for people — spoke. People said they didn't want to watch anything with her in it, Lucasfilm decided they didn't want to work with her anymore. The totalitarian thing would be forcing everyone to watch her.

And that is one thing Ben Shapiro won't be doing. In fact, the film — which so far has no title or premise — will be shown "exclusively" to Daily Wire subscribers.

Carano will develop, produce, and star in the upcoming film, which The Daily Wire says it will release exclusively to its members as the company looks to bolster its entertainment division. Details are being kept under wraps but it will be produced as part of Daily Wire's partnership with Bone Tomahawk producer Dallas Sonnier and his Bonfire Legend banner.

Shapiro is very excited, and also appears to have an even less firm grasp on what happened with Carano than she does:

"We could not be more excited to be working with Gina Carano, an incredible talent dumped by Disney and Lucasfilm for offending the authoritarian Hollywood Left. This is what Daily Wire exists to do: provide an alternative not just for consumers, but for creators who refuse to bow to the mob," said Daily Wire co-founder Shapiro.

"We're eager to bring Gina's talent to Americans who love her, and we're just as eager to show Hollywood that if they want to keep cancelling those who think differently, they'll just be helping us build the Xwing to take down their Death Star," he added.

I only barely understand that sentence, because I have never seen Star Wars, but like ... wouldn't those people have to actually be good to take down the Death Star? Like is that even something you can do with a bunch of Kevin Sorbos? It's not like he's talking about a bunch of talented, transgressive artists who are pushing the envelope in important and culturally necessary ways. He's talking about fucking Chachi.

I mean, I have also never seen The Mandalorian but have been informed by those who have that Carano is not actually very good at acting, which is probably why it was so easy to let her go. She's not a major loss and neither are any of the other "creators" who claim to have been blacklisted by Hollywood for being "conservative." The only one worth a damn, talent wise, was James Woods, who, had to work really hard, not just at being a bigot and a conspiracy theorist but such a giant asshole that directors, other actors and his own agent just couldn't stand to work with him anymore.

And to be clear, none of these conservatives who simply "think differently" were standing around, innocently talking about supply-side economics, tax breaks for the rich or anything like that — they were saying the kind of patently offensive shit that tends to make people not like you. If conservatives would like to embrace that as part and parcel of conservatism, that is their problem, not ours.

As I've said before and will keep saying until my face turns blue — Conservatives who whine about "cancel culture" think a poor or middle class person should lose their job because their boss didn't like their socks that day or because a new manager wanted "their own team," but that rich people are forever entitled to keep their jobs, even if they go around saying extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, transphobic or sexist shit that embarrasses their employer and also puts the jobs of everyone they work with at risk.

If Gina Carano deserves anything, it is a career spearheaded by failed dramedy writer Ben Shapiro, in movies only shown to people who subscribe to The Daily Wire. That, that is appropriate.


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Robyn Pennacchia

Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse


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