There are a lot of things that Ted Cruz doesn’t understand: right and incorrect, the Constitution, just how much soup a human buys at a time.
We can now with confidence include Star Wars to the list.
This week, Lucasfilm validated that notorious bigot Gina Carano was fired from The Mandalorian and all future Star Wars tasks, calling her behavior “abhorrent.”
The Texas Senator spoke up to safeguard her … but, as normal, only proved his own lack of knowledge.
On Wednesday, February 10, Lucasfilm not just shared that Gina Carano was not returning to Star Wars, they openly disavowed her actions.
Gina had– as The Mandalorian fans on social networks had mentioned for months– dedicated much of her social networks activity to, well, being uncomfortable.
From racist dogwhistles to mocking the trans neighborhood to spreading out anti-mask nonsense and “citizen scams” conspiracy theories, Gina did it all. And then came this:
Gina compared social accountability that conservatives may deal with to, and we want that we were joking, violence faced by the Jewish neighborhood during and leading up to the Holocaust.
There’s an excellent guideline for Holocaust comparisons: you most likely shouldn’t make them.
After the justified ethical protest over yet another abhorrent post, Lucasfilm and Disney stepped in.
Reports say that Gina was being prepared for her own spinoff series on Disney+ that would have followed her as Cara Dune on additional adventures.
PR professionals knowledgeable about the show business speculate that, for journalism release to call her statements “abhorrent,” Gina’s shooting was just partially to avoid a boycott.
It is hypothesized that there was righteous anger amongst upper management for PR to take such a firm, unsubtle position.
With the exception of a handful of YouTube grifters who film rage-bait vlogs, many people mustered little to no sympathy for a female who sabotaged her own profession by being terrible.
However Texas Senator and not successful human-impersonator Ted Cruz, naturally, hurried to Gina’s defense.
( Where was that energy after disgraced former president Donald Trump insulted Ted’s wife, we wonder)
” Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi,” Ted declared incorrectly in a tweet.
” She played a lady who kicked ass & who ladies looked up to,” he composed.
” She contributed in making Star Wars enjoyable once again,” Ted mischaracterized. “Naturally Disney canceled her.”
Obviously, Ted is doing what’s called malice signaling— advising everyone that he’s a bad person by voicing his unwavering support for fellow bad people.
There is an undercurrent within American conservatism that declines any require responsibility.
These “persecution” claims are, from Ted Cruz and from Gina Carano, constantly incorrect.
We just have to stress how completely and totally wrong Ted Cruz is about Star Wars
I’m not suggesting that anyone engage him in a Twitter debate over it– simply as I also would not try to argue with Casey Anthony over The Senior Citizen Scrolls tradition.
It’s just crucial to note that Ted is, as is his routine, nearly comically incorrect.
Leia Organa was a princess prior to she was a Galactic Senator, a New Republic Senator, or a Resistance General.
To say that she was a victim because she was arrested, apprehended, and recorded during the initial Star Wars trilogy is a mischaracterization.
In fact, the late fantastic Carrie Fisher kept in mind with pride at the time that the movies premiered that Leia was such a strong, independent character who did not fit the “damsel” profile.
It is likely that Cruz’s jab about an “mentally tortured Jedi” was a jab at a frequent target of ridicule by horrible guys, Rey Palpatine.
For all of the defects of the Sequel movies– if not a lot of to count, definitely a lot of to deliniate here– Rey was a standout character.
In his short-sightedness and lack of knowledge, he clearly ignored the Prequel trilogy.
Padme Amidala was never a princess, was rarely a “victim,” and was definitely not a Jedi.
Padme– chosen Queen of Naboo at simply 14 and promptly moving on to a position within the Galactic Senate– was a wise and passionate politian.
She would routinely put herself in harm’s method to see justice done, on the Senate floor, on the streets of Coruscant, or on distant worlds on the Outer Rim.
Rogue One likewise provided us a heroine who fulfilled Cruz’s description: Jyn Erso.
However we have to bear in mind that he was speaking in bad faith.
Like virtually all of Gina Carano’s fans, he likely only cared about Cara Dune at all after learning that her actress was a diehard conservative.
Let’s be truthful– most Star Wars fans know that the very best material within canon isn’t discovered in any of the 9 movies of the Skywalker Saga, and not even in the one-off films.
If Ted Cruz were really interested in the ladies of Star Wars, he would be talking about Hera Syndulla or Ahsoka Tano.
Or Sabine Wren or Asajj Ventress or Sibling Merrin or Physician Aphra or Bo Katan Kryze or Mom Talzin or perhaps even Halle Burtoni
There are too many amazing ladies in Star Wars to name … but once again, Cruz’s point was to show uniformity with a famous bigot. Betraying his ignorance about Star Wars was simply a negative effects.