Bill Burr Speaks Out About The Gina Carano Firing From The Mandalorian
Jay Cochran - March 03, 2021
Stand up comic and actor Bill Burr who has played the character Mayfield in two episodes of The Mandalorian TV series speaks out about the recent firing of Gina Carano from the Star Wars Disney+ series.
Word broke last month that the actress who played the reoccurring character Cara Dunn in the series had been fired by Disney due to controversial comments she had made on social media.
Burr has had his own share of internet controversy in the recent past most notably for an opening monologue he did on Saturday Night Live where he was reportedly said to have taken jabs at those who wear masks, Gay Pride Month and woke culture. (Editor note: I have not seen this monologue from Burr for myself and only going my reports I have seen made about it).
Burr spoke out about Carano on his own podcast where he said, “She was an absolute sweetheart. Super nice f*cking person". He then went on to say..
And you know, whatever, somehow someone will take this video and f*cking make me say something else and try to get rid of my bald action figure!”
Burr's comment about the action figure is in regards to Hasbro canceling re-issues of the Cara Dunn Black Series and Vintage Collection figures after Carano was fired. At this time Hasbro has not actually released or announced any figures based on Burr's Mayfield character.
While no one on the Podcast actually defended Carano's social media post that was said to have been the final straw that got her fired, and even said her comparison that being conservative in Hollywood is similar to being Jewish in Nazi Germany was a poor one, they did indicate the "Cancel Culture" that many blame for Carano's being canned from the show has gotten way out of hand, and didn't seem to think that comment should have warranted her being fired.
On the flip-side however, as I understand it, Carano wasn't fired for just one social media post. She had developed a pattern of making controversial posts going back to November, and even after being asked to stop, she continued to make such posts. Again as I understand it, this behavior was a breach in a clause in her contract she had signed with Disney. I bring this point up only because it was not something anyone in the Podcast brought up or even seemed to be aware of.
You can watch the entire Podcast below which I would recommend you watch before coming to any kind of conclusions about Burr and his stance on the issue. The discussion about Carano starts at time mark 21:34. Note the video does contain a fair amount of profanity, being these guys are stand-up comics.
As for Burr's future on The Mandalorian, that remains unknown. There seemed to be some indications in the last episode the Mayfield character appeared in that perhaps that character was being set up for something more, but there has been no real official indication of that from Disney at this point. Whether we see Mayfield again in the Star Wars Universe or a Mayfield action figure remains to be seen, and only time will tell.