A FUMING Dana White has defended Gina Carano after the Mandalorian star was booted off the hit show for ‘anti-Semitic’ posts.
The UFC kingpin, 51, told reporters, "leave her alone, we make mistakes."
Carano, 38, a former MMA star-turned-actor, boasted about "cancel culture" after she was recently sacked from the Star Wars show.
She had sparked a huge backlash for comparing US politics to Nazi Germany, saying of the extermination of millions: "How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?"
White, the current President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was quizzed about Carano because of her sports background.
Defending her, White singled out comments by ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani, who slated the actor over the weekend for being 'insensitive' and 'absolutely crazy'.
White replied: “Leave her alone. We make mistakes, we all make mistakes.
“For everybody to go in on her… I love how Ariel Helwani made it all about him, such a douche.”
Over the weekend, the furore surrounding Carano grew after Ariel Helwani, one of the most prominent reporters covering mixed martial arts, posted a video targeting the actor – which ended up annoying White.
Helwani – who is Jewish – told viewers in the clip: “Obviously I am very disappointed in what she posted. To be honest I haven’t agreed with a lot of the things she has posted over the past year.
“This last post, essentially comparing being a Republican in America, or having a certain political view, to being a Jew in Nazi Germany during World War 2 is asinine.
"It is an absolutely crazy comparison to make and is completely insensitive to think that Jewish people and other minorities as well – not just Jews – but in this particular post Jews were the ones discussed, had to hide in attics and in gutters and had to be separated from their families and murdered six million of them.
“To compare that to what is going on in this country is just a very tone deaf analogy to make, to put it mildly."
"I am not into the whole cancel culture and all of that. I am here to talk about the comment, the statement, the analogy.
He added: “As a Jewish person, and as a human being, it just doesn’t sit well. And I wish she would have never posted that.
"Quite frankly I wish someone would have talked to her about her social media posts over the past year.
"Some of them not even political. Just in general, they felt off to me. I am sorry she has gone down this path.”
Carano's highly offensive post, now deleted, read: "Jews were beaten in the streets not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors, even children.
"Because history is edited, most people today don't realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them for simply being Jews.
"How is that any different than hating someone for their political beliefs?"
A second deleted post showed a man's obscured by multiple protective masks. And Carano, who played Cara Dune in the Disney+ series, added the caption: "Meanwhile in California."
The New York Post writes that White and Helwani "have a tumultuous history". Their rift dates back several years.
In 2016, when Helwani quit Fox Sports, media blog 'Awful Announcing' suggested the reporter's 'clashes' with White proved tricky for Fox and its agreement with UFC.
That came after White suspended him for a short time for breaking the news that Brock Lesnar was returning to fighting.
On Monday ESPN threw its support behind the sports reporter.
The network told Forbes: “Ariel is a valued colleague and an exceptional MMA reporter. His record speaks for itself.”
Helwani tweeted his appreciation of those supporting him, saying: “It is great to work (with) such supportive and kind-hearted people.
“The high road isn’t always an easy one to take, but I will continue to do so.”
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