‘Loki’ Star Fired From Popular TV Show, Will Be Recast

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Miss Minutes in Episode 2 of Loki

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One Marvel star was recently accused of Islamophobia after her divisive remarks about the escalating Israel-Palestine conflict went viral on social media earlier this week, leading to her being kicked off of an upcoming TV series. And now, it seems like Jonathan Majors might be the least of the superhero studio’s problems.

Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), Mobius (Owen Wilson), and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in 'Loki' 2.02
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The recent wave of terrorist attacks by the Palestinian Islamist militant group known as Hamas against Jewish-Israeli communities and military outposts has sparked international interest in the ongoing battle currently taking place in Southern Israel, and people are taking to social platforms to voice their opinions on the matter, for better or worse.

To summarize, the conflict is part of a much larger and older struggle that has existed for many years between Palestinian Muslim groups and the current Jewish Israeli government, though when it comes to tracing the roots of this issue, it depends on whom you ask.

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Some will point to the 1917 Balfour declaration by the British government, which sought to establish a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, leading to the ensuing clash with Arab communities there. Others will say it’s the United Nations’ fault, with the 1947 vote to partition land in the British mandate of Palestine into two states laying the foundation for this decades-long territorial dispute.

Either way, tensions have never been higher, with death tolls soaring on either side as the Israel-Hamas war approaches its twelfth day. US President Joe Biden, who visited Tel Aviv on Wednesday to “urge the region to seek peace,” has long expressed his solidarity with Israel, along with many US government officials.

Meanwhile, celebrities have weighed in on the conflict as well, with A-listers including supermodel Bella Hadid, Marvel Studios alum Mark Ruffalo, singer/actress Selena Gomez, and recording artist Kehlani voicing their support for Palestinians, while other Hollywood stars such as Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and Madonna backing Israel.

Gal Gadot posing as Wonder Woman
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Of course, the Israel-Hamas war is an extremely nuanced issue, and like most people, an overwhelming majority of these celebrities fall somewhere in the middle, condemning violence on both sides while also understanding the need for meaningful change. But one unexpected actress is ditching neutrality altogether, taking to X (the social media platform formerly known as Twitter) to fully support Israel.

Earlier this month, veteran voice actress Tara Strong, best known for her roles in animated classics such as The Fairly OddParents and Teen Titans and, more recently, Marvel’s Disney+ Loki show, was met with scathing backlash for her Tweets and retweets regarding the Israel-Palestine crisis.

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Many accused the Miss Minutes actress, who has familial ties to Israel, of being “anti-Muslim” after she seemingly compared all Muslims to the radical extremist group Hamas by liking a post that said victims in Israel heard shouts of “Allahu Akbar” while being attacked, adding that anyone who supports Palestinians is complicit in Hamas’ acts of terrorism:

Absolutely devastating. I pray for peace. #IStandWithIsrael I fear for my family there. I fear for all suffering in this terrorist attack. Sickening how anyone condones or celebrates any violence.

Strong continued, accusing Hamas — who do not represent the vast majority of Palestinian people — of “brainwashing” the “Western world” into supporting terrorism, likely a response to the #FreePalestine movement currently sweeping social media:

#Hamas has successfully brainwashed the western world to actually believe that #terrorism can be justified.

Strong then followed up her immediate reactions two days later with a cryptic message, saying, “This is only the beginning,” referring to an omniscient “they,” which, though unspecified, could either mean Muslim people or Hamas, drastically changing the tweet’s meaning on how you so choose to interpret it:

This is only the beginning. They were smart to start with a country people love to hate.

She was also caught liking a tweet that said “Hamas = ISIS = Taliban = Islam,” which was clearly anti-Muslim. However, Strong later apologized for liking the post, calling it “awful” before unliking it. The voice actress claimed that she “didn’t read the entire tweet,” adding that she “love[s] everyone…except terrorists.”

Since her initial batch of tweets, Strong has seemingly doubled down on her support of Muslim communities in response to the accusations. However, that hasn’t stopped pro-Palestine advocates from speaking out against her actions, with some even calling for her Marvel role to be recast after Loki Season 2.

Miss Minutes has yet to actually make her season debut alongside Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, and Sophia Di Martino in Loki‘s second season, but based on what we know, the rogue AI system has been collaborating with Judge Ravonna Renslater (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and He Who Remains.

Loki, OB, Mobius, and Hunter B-15 in 'Loki'
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However, it looks like Strong’s MCU future could be in jeopardy following her divisive tweets after a different studio called Bandit Mill Animation decided to fire and subsequently recast her role as Bill the Orphan in the upcoming adult-animated noir comedy Boxtown.

In the press release, uploaded to X earlier this week, the Boxtown team wrote, “We believe that our public platform gives us a duty to be careful when it comes to hateful messages and misinformation online. This extends to our cast and crew,” before adding, “This was not a difficult decision.”

Read Bandit Mill’s full statement below:

Strong then blasted Bandit Mill’s decision to remove her from the series, which she apparently “just found out on Twitter” after the company shared a casting notice for the part of Bill. In a follow up tweet, Strong put the animation studio on blast for being antisemitic after she helped crowdfund over $30 thousand for the show on Kickstarter, telling the studio to “lose her email address:”

Just found out on twitter! This is what happens when you help fans get shows made I guess. Fired for being Jewish. Glad I helped you get your kickstarter money. Please lose my email address & pray for my family in Israel and in Gaza. & #prayforpeace.

The whole situation is eerily reminiscent of another disgraced Disney star’s firing: Gina Carano, who was booted off of the hit Star Wars spinoff, The Mandalorian, after refusing to take down tweets in which she compared conservative Republican voters to Jewish people during the Holocaust. Her role as Alderaanian freedom fighter Cara Dune was written out of the show in its third season, garnering widespread backlash from her supporters, who slammed Disney for being biased and unjust.

'The Madalorian's Cara Dune played by Gina Carano
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It’ll be interesting to see if Marvel chooses to take any further action against Strong or if they’ll remain silent on the issue. The studio, and Loki in particular, are already riddled with celebrity scandals, from Jonathan Majors‘ March arrest to Namor actor Tenoch Huerta facing sexual assault accusations.

Of course, these problems are beyond Marvel’s control, but if the situation with Tara Strong escalates, the voice actress might just be counting down the minutes on her employment contract with the studio once and for all.

New episodes of Loki premiere on Disney+ on Thursdays at 6 p.m. PT.

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