Simu Liu claps again at 'trashest take' that he will get the 'bulk' of Asian male roles in Hollywood: 'Method to put us in opposition to each other'

  • Simu Liu clapped again in opposition to an article claiming he was getting the majority of Asian male roles in Hollywood.
  • The story, revealed on HuffPost, recommended Liu’s casting felt like ‘tokenism’ and named different Asian actors to star within the upcoming “Barbie” film.
  • “Method to try and put us in opposition to each other,” Liu responded on Fb.

Actor Simu Liu clapped again on Thursday at a HuffPost article that recommended he was monopolizing the Asian male roles accessible in Hollywood.

The article titled “We love Simu Liu, however he is not the one gifted Asian thirst entice in Hollywood,” revealed on HuffPost final month, and voiced confusion over Liu’s casting within the upcoming “Barbie” film.

“Do not get us mistaken — we love Liu, and we’re all for an Asian king thriving,” the HuffPost article mentioned. “However when a single actor seems to be getting the majority of Asian male roles in Hollywood, it begins to really feel rather less like illustration and much more like tokenism.”

“All we’re saying is, we do not need a predominantly white Hollywood to gatekeep horny Asian male illustration prefer it has for many years when there are such a lot of different enticing and gifted Asian males who need to be seen and appreciated by most people,” the article continued.

The remainder of the HuffPost story listed seven different Asian actors, together with Manny Jacinto and Steven Yeun, who the creator felt might have performed Ken within the “Barbie” movie as a substitute of Liu.

‘Method to try and put us in opposition to each other’

In a remark below HuffPost Leisure’s Fb put up sharing the article, Liu criticized the story, writing that the variety of Asian roles accessible shouldn’t be a “zero sum sport.”

“Method to try and put us in opposition to each other. What ‘bulk’ of roles are you referring to? Are there motion pictures I am in that I am not conscious of? Do you actually assume that there’s a quota of ‘Asian male roles’ that may be a zero sum sport? Each factor I’ve taken put up Shang-Chi was not written Asian,” Liu wrote, referring to the 2021 Marvel blockbuster that was the primary movie within the franchise to characteristic an Asian lead, Asian director, and predominantly Asian forged.

Since his movie debut on “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” the Chinese language Canadian actor has starred within the indie film “Ladies Is Losers,” romance movie “One True Loves,” and the Canadian sci-fi thriller “Simulant.”

Hollywood has lengthy grappled with problems with illustration. Simply 2.3% of theatrical movie leads have been Asian, in comparison with 78.4% white leads, in accordance with UCLA’s 2023 Hollywood Variety Report. However the current rise of award-sweeping movies and mega-blockbusters like “The whole lot In all places All At As soon as,” “Loopy Wealthy Asians,” and “Shang-Chi” could sign a shift towards higher variety on display.

“We have been in a position to reshape tales to get extra illustration onscreen. Get your info straight,” Liu wrote within the Fb remark.

Liu shared the article on his Fb web page, calling it “the trashest take by HuffPo.”

“Additionally I am not a ‘thirst entice’ I am a fucking actor,” he added.

Folks rallied round Liu. “So that they objectify you then dismiss you for stating lack of illustration, hope they benefit from the response,” one commentor wrote on Fb. 

“Critically tho, why cannot individuals of shade achieve success and have it relate to the job and never the necessity to fill some variety quota? You mentioned it, you are an actor, and actors get roles. You are not right here to be typecast or to simply be some unique eye sweet. You are right here to simply do your job,” one other wrote.