US Senator Ted Cruz previously defended Gina Carano, after the latter was fired from the hit Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. In doing so, he mentioned a strong woman character, alongside a comment about a Jedi which seemed to ring a bell with the Star Wars sequel trilogy actress Daisy Ridley.
Ridley has recently hit out at Cruz, after he seemingly slammed her Star Wars character in defense of Carano. Just a refresher, Carano was ousted from The Mandalorian following her social media post. Carano reposted a post about how the Jewish persecution during the Holocaust. She compared it with how people with different political views have been treated. However, the criticism was that the post was tone-deaf and the comparison shouldn't have been used.
Carano is from Texas, which is the same state where Cruz is from. In a tweet, Cruz wrote, "Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi. She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course, Disney canceled her."
Many people took the comment about the "emotionally tortured Jedi" as a jab towards' Ridley's Star Wars character. Ridley played the ‘emotionally tortured Jedi Rey' in the Star Wars trilogy.
Ridley spoke to Yahoo Entertainment where she hit back at the senator. The actress also mocked the senator's recent controversy. Cruz was under fire after making a trip to Cancun during the state-wide blackout in Texas.
When asked, Ridley responded with, "I did not know, and I am very happy to be an emotionally tortured Jedi, who doesn't leave their state when it's having a terrible time." As for the other details of Cruz's tweet, some fans speculated that the princess could be the princess who turned into general Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and the victim was Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman).
That said, The Mandalorian Season 3 is slated to release in December 2021.