I don’t get mad easily. I might get irritated, frustrated, and even exasperated, but actual mad? I have a very long, slow fuse and because of this, I don’t tend to get mad very often. I tend to get over things pretty easily (mostly — I have been known to harbor a grudge or two) and typically even forget why I was bothered about whatever it is five minutes after it happens.
I can even remember the last time I was as mad as today, if that shows you how rare it is. It was when a group of determined individuals went and attacked a good man because of perceived slights. I wrote about it here. I was enraged at that time. Today? I’m merely pissed by what happened to Gina Carano, pissed enough that I went and canceled my DisneyPlus subscription. And anyone who knows me will tell you I have always been a HUGE fan of the House of Mouse.
I’m a fan of Gina Carano. Can she act? Eh, it’s debatable. I don’t think she’s ever going to win an Oscar, if that’s what you’re asking. Is she correct in her statements about the “cancel culture” which seems to run rampant (and hypocritically) throughout social media and Hollywood? Until yesterday, I would have simply said “eh… maybe?” Until yesterday the mob turned their attention back onto her and succeeded in making Disney bend the knee and kowtowing to their heady demands, and LucasFilms fired Gina Carano.
Believe it or not, that wasn’t what made me mad. Oh no, studios fire people all the time. It was kind of a running joke back in the day to see how many studios would fire Robert Downey, Jr. during his alcohol and drug abuse days. No, what infuriated me was that less than an hour after LucasFilm fired her, Ms. Carano’s talent agency UTA dropped her as well.
THAT REEKS OF COLLUSION.
Let me back up and explain. You see, United Talent Agency represents some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, stars who have been in jail for a multitude of sins ranging from drugs and alcohol to tax evasion to spousal abuse to assault & battery. UTA still represents these individuals in spite all of this, and is considered by some industry insiders to be the most powerful talent agency broker in Hollywood. They represent comedians, actors, actors, esports teams (I was surprised to find this out, actually), and athletes. They are movers and shakers.
So when one of their talent is fired from the most popular TV show by the largest production company out there right now, you would think UTA would go to bat for their client and tell the studio “Whoa now, hang on there, we’re huge supporters of the #MeToo movement and women’s rights. You can’t treat one of our most popular talents in such a manner.” You would think that, yet UTA rolled over submissively and decided to can a divisive, budding potential superstar all because a small group with dozens of fake accounts demanded it on Twitter.
This is why you never base your business decisions on the actions of those on any social media platform. You will never appease them. And to paraphrase someone else, NEVER APOLOGIZE.
Anyway, the reason I think there is collusion involved is because Ms. Carano kind of comes off as a conservative to some people (believe it or not, I think she’s more small-l Libertarian than a Conservative, but that’s even scarier to people who need labels in order to feel safe) and UTA is probably seen as a leader for the liberal elite running Hollywood, always at the forefront of equality and love (except for when they’re not — see their client Johnny Depp, for example). They’ve also donated millions to politicians (I’ll let you figure out who most — if not all — of their money went to).
No, watching Ms. Carano get kicked to the curb by her agency enraged me to no end. It also made me wonder which other client of UTA did LucasFilms promised to cast in return for UTA’s dropping of Ms. Carano. That’s the question I’m asking, and if I had a way to ask UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer, that’d be the first question I’d ask. The interview would probably be ended right then and there (agents hate hard and pointed questions like that) and my number and email would subsequently be blocked, but at least I could say with honesty that I asked. But because nobody seems to care about women’s rights or equality except when it’s convenient or makes a great marketing pitch, we might never know.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to support Gina Carano. Young girls need powerful and positive women role models in their lives.