Bring a gun to a knife fight: Back in February 2021 my daily blacklist column focused on the horrible blackballing of actress Gina Carano by the Disney corporation. It had fired her because of the tweet to the right, in which she had stated some undeniable facts about the Nazis and their compaign to murder the Jews. As a company spokesperson stated falsely at her firing,
[H]er social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.
It was the company’s false and slanderous position — as demonstrated by numerous other actions at the same time — that Carano’s conservative positions on many issues was the equivalent of “denigrating” the queer and black communities, like a Nazi. To Disney, her effort to retell the history of the Holocaust in order to prevent it from happening again was unacceptable, and so it fired her.
Carano is now suing Disney and Lucasfilms for that firing and its subsequent smear campaign against her. You can read her complaint here. It is easy reading, and outlines in great detail the very reasonable positions taken by Carano in public, and the campaign of slanders against her that followed from Disney officials as well as advocates in the BLM and queer communities. Repeatedly Carano made it clear she was not attacking any particular group, and that her goal was to outline actual facts and defend the free speech rights of everyone. The response from Disney and the activists in the BLM and queer communities were slanders, lies, and falsehoods. Her case is strong, as she is suing under California law, which states that
No employer shall make, adopt, or enforce any rule, regulation, or policy: (a) Forbidding or preventing employees from engaging or participating in politics or from becoming candidates for public office. (b) Controlling or directing, or tending to control or direct the political activities or affiliations of employees.
This law was passed after the McCarthy era of blacklisting, and was intended to prevent film companies in the future from doing exactly what Disney has done to Carano, blacklist her because of her political opinions. It makes it very clear that Disney has no legal leg to stand on, and that what it did to Carano violated this law. Expect Carano to win, and win big.
There is however a fundamental lesson to be taken from this story that is not obvious from the above facts. In her tweet announcing the lawsuit she added these details:
A couple months ago ElonMusk tweeted that if you had been fired from using the platform (X) for exercising your right to free speech, he would like to offer these people legal representation. Quite the noble offer, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought anyone would take on my case against Lucasfilm/Disney. Still, I did respond back “I think I qualify” & thousands of people agreed–but I did not expect anything.
To my surprise, a few months ago I received an email from a lawyer who had been hired by X to look into my story & many others. Turns out after sending them as much information as I could gather these past few months, my now lawyers & X believe whole-heartedly in my case & are moving forward.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude & thank you to @ElonMusk & @X for giving me an opportunity to bring my case to light.
This is this story’s fundamental lesson. In my many essays describing the war against Elon Musk by the Biden administration and the federal bureaucracy (for example here, here, and here), a war that might prevent SpaceX from ever completing its Starship/Superheavy rocket, readers repeatedly respond by suggesting Musk simply run from the U.S. and launch elsewhere.
Putting aside the many reasons why such a flight is impractical, illegal, and cannot work, Musk will not do this for a very important reason: Musk simply does not run from a fight, a quality more Americans should emulate. He charges at it, and as he does so he gathers others to him as allies. In the coming months we should therefore not be surprised if more victims of blacklisting because of things they posted on X file their own lawsuits, filed with the support of X.
Nor is Musk alone in this, though sadly until recently he was the exception not the rule. If you scan the full list of my many blacklist columns since the beginning of 2021, when I began to report such stories on a daily basis, you will notice a pattern. The number of new blacklist cases has declined in the past year, replaced instead by pushback lawsuits similar to Carano’s.
Apparently, the left went mad during the Trump administration because of their irrational hate of that man. When the COVID panic occurred that madness found itself suddenly holding far more power than it should, able to impose house arrest on the entire population while mandating everyone wear masks and get the COVID jab. That power was also used to tamper with elections in many states, thus helping Joe Biden get elected.
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All those oppressive actions not only violated the basic free culture of America, they violated the law. Yet the people imposing these odious mandates got away with it, at the time.
When Biden became president it appears these same people thought madly that they could now extend their power to the level of absolute power, and willy-nilly began blacklisting anyone who said anything they didn’t like. The trouble is that such blacklisting is also both against our culture and our law, but is a violation of a much higher order.
Thus, in the past year the blacklisted have been fighting back, hard, and the blacklisters are beginning to discover that they did not have the absolute power they thought they had. Musk’s actions here are simply the most pronounced example of that pushback.
May this fight go on now for years to come. Before it is done every single person who was fired illegally, slandered unfairly, silenced brutally, and harmed cruelly because of their conservative political positions should not only have won in the courts, they should be celebrated in the same manner as the victims of the 1950s McCarthy era were celebrated in the 1960s. All they did was speak truth to power, and in America we have always honored such courage, even if it has sometimes taken us a few years to come to our senses.
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