Gina Carano’s New Ben Shapiro-Produced Movie Is Somehow Still Too Woke for Some Right-Wingers
One of the biggest box office flops of 2022 was Terror on the Prairie, the Ben Shapiro-produced Western starring Gina Carano. It marked Carano’s first major role since being fired from The Mandalorian over a series of social media posts that many saw as anti-Semitic. The film grossed just $804 during its one-day theatrical run, despite any star power the actress might have on the political right.
The film was intended to be part of The Daily Wire’s stated strategy of making films that entertain audiences without what they see as overt messages, but also without being explicitly conservative.
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“We’re creating first-rate entertainment content, challenging content, adult content,” Daily Wire co-founder and CEO Jeremy Boreing said of the company’s film strategy in a recent interview with IndieWire. The two things that will make the difference [a Daily Wire film] it’s the fact that he speaks broadly about the values conservatives align themselves with – not strictly conservative values. We’re not doing Hillary’s story and we’re not having the football players find Jesus in the third act.”
But while Terror on the Prairie represented the right-wing media’s most serious attempt at mainstream filmmaking to date, it failed to resonate with its intended audience. A new story on The AV Club revealed that there are still a few particular personalities online who thought the film was too “woke.” Many took to the comments sections on Twitter and IMDB to complain about the film’s male characters not acting masculine enough, while allowing Carano’s heroine to save the day.
For her part, Carano denies that she made any bad decisions, either morally or financially. In a recent Twitter thread, she stood by the actions that led to her cancellation and blamed groupthink among journalists for her downfall.
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“I didn’t drop the bag, I just didn’t go along with the sold narrative, the internet crowd couldn’t handle that, so they demanded I be fired and win. I’m not sorry about that. I stood up for what I believe was the right thing to do and the more time passes the better I feel,” she wrote. “The real punching bag is selling out journalists like you who sold out America and stopped asking questions to please a fickle manipulated crowd. This is what you have valued and this will be your legacy.”
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