Nobody is immune from cancel culture.
Even Hollywood celebrities can see their careers go up in smoke because of political correctness.
But Disney got some stunning news after firing one Trump supporting celebrity.
Disney created a firestorm when it fired Gina Carano from The Mandalorian.
Her great “crime” was voting for Donald Trump and expressing the need for election integrity.
For those transgressions, Carano was cut loose from the Disney+ show set in the Star Wars universe.
But Carano’s “cancellation” ignited a backlash that has continued several months later.
Carano signed a movie deal with the conservative media outlet The Daily Wire, and many conservative fans canceled their Disney+ subscriptions.
As a result, Disney’s second quarter revenue was down over $600 million from the first quarter.
From Bounding Into Comics:
“Disney’s revenues decreased $636 million in the second quarter. Not only did they decline $636 million from the first quarter to the second quarter, but they declined over $2.4 billion [to $15.613 billion] from the second quarter of 2020. Disney posted second quarter revenue of 2020 at $18.024 billion.”
Disney is trending in the wrong direction, which is never a good sign for a corporation that expects steady growth.
More from Bounding Into Comics:
“Motley Fool’s James Brumley claims ‘that growth marks the slowest pace of quarterly additions since the streaming service launched in the final quarter of 2019.’ Brumley also notes the 103.6 million subscriber number is well below expectations which were at 109 million.”
It turns out that alienating half the country could have adverse effects.
Disney would never come out and say that Carano’s firing was a mistake, but actions speak louder than words.
After banishing Carano, they reversed course and decided to air her episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls on the Disney-owned Nat Geo channel.
Also, Disney included Carano in promotion for an Emmy Award.
“Despite Lucasfilm stating it would no longer work with her, it has included Gina Carano in its Emmy “for your consideration” awards push for The Mandalorian. On Sunday, a poster surfaced from Disney, which owns the Star Wars production company, promoting cast members including Pedro Pascal and Giancarlo Esposito for awards contention. Carano is listed under the best supporting actress category.”
Disney could’ve easily left Carano off the promo, especially after smearing her as a deplorable.
It seems as though Disney realized their mistake, and there were rumors that she could return to the show.
Nevertheless, Disney needs good press.
The Carano firing came on the heels of the corporation apologizing for thanking security forces enslaving the Uyghur Muslims during the credit sequence for Mulan.
Disney and other multinational corporations spend a lot more time attacking American politics than they do the Chinese Communist Party and all of the nefarious things it’s doing.
Regardless of what happens, Carano has a dedicated fan base that’s willing to follow her wherever she goes.
Meanwhile, Disney is breeding disloyalty.