Agents of SHIELD's Chloe Bennet Slams Hollywood; Thanks Ed Skrein

Marvel star slates 'racist' Hollywood over name change

Marvel star slates 'racist' Hollywood over name change

Skrein explained on Twitter and Instagram that he did not realise the character was of Asian heritage when he accepted the part and that he was stepping down from the role so it could be "cast appropriately". There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right. It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts.

He added: "It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in hard times and to give voice to inclusivity".

"Changing my last name doesn't change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese".

On Instagram this week, Bennet was discussing the news that Ed Skrein would be dropping out of the Hellboy reboot because of the controversy surrounding a white actor playing a character who was originally Asian.

In her Instagram post, Bennet thanked Skrein for "standing up against Hollywood's continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community".

Actress Chloe Bennet claims she was forced to change her surname because "Hollywood is racist" and producers "wouldn't cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable".

When asked by one of her followers why she had taken the decision to change her name, Bennet wrote: "Hollywood is racist and wouldn't cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable". So thank you for your bravery and genuinely impactful step forward. I hope this inspires other actors/film makers to do the same-Also, dayum cute af AND a pioneer for social injustice?!

She also told The Star that within days of changing her last name, she landed her first major acting role: a recurring role as a record company assistant on Nashville.

Bennet went on to say that she is doing everything she can with the platform that she has to ensure that in the future, actresses don't have to change their name in order to get work in Hollywood. "So that's a pretty clear little snippet of how Hollywood works". "Fellas, take note. That's how it's done".

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