Shang-Chi star Simu Liu is calling out SNL’s Shane Gillis for making racist remarks directed at people of Asian descent.
Simu Liu, who is Canadian with Chinese heritage, has called out SNL actor Shane Gillis’ use of racial slurs in a podcast where he mocked Asian-American citizens in New York’s Chinatown. Shane Gillis has also made several derogatory remarks about women, the LGBT community, and Muslims, which he defended as edgy comedy.
While Shane Gillis has defended his remarks, Simu Liu is not having any of it. Taking to Twitter, Simu Liu explained that the racial slur that Shane Gillis used has had a long-standing history of suppressing Asian people in the Western world, and he is hopeful that NBC will take action soon. You can view his remarks about the SNL controversy, which features one political cartoon showcasing racism, below:
It wasn’t funny then, and it sure as hell isn’t funny today.
This word has been used to dehumanize my people for over 150 years. You don’t get to use it in the name of edgy comedy.
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) September 15, 2019
Perhaps appropriately, it’s been stated that Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi movie will update the character in a way that reworks some questionable elements associated with the hero’s backstory, even though Marvel did not create the character to be offensive. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will likely take influence from recent runs, which have Shang-Chi as more of a secret agent as opposed to the archetypal kung-fu movie protagonist.
In the comics, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised and trained by his father, who he soon learns is a Chinese crime lord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world, in an isolated compound located in China. When Shang-Chi was finally allowed to venture into the outside world in order to do his father’s bidding, he learned about his father’s evil ways and faked his own death before embarking on a mission to take down his father’s criminal empire.
Introduced in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 197, Shang-Chi will reportedly modernize the source material in order to avoid the character stereotypes of the time. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film will star Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens in theaters on February 12, 2021.
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Titans: New Photos Of Jason Todd In Robin Suit
DC Universe has released new Titans photos of Curran Walters as Jason Todd in the classic Robin suit.
The upcoming episode of Titans will introduce Jason Todd (played by Curran Walters) to the DC Universe world and new photos offer fans a glimpse at his meeting with the titular team, including his Robin predecessor Dick Grayson. Additional photos reveal the team working together as they prepare to take on the nuclear family.
You can check out the first Titans photo below and click "Next" to continue the gallery!
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Here's the official synopsis for DC Universe's Titans series:
Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.
The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Richard “Dick” Grayson / Robin, Anna Diop as Koriand’r / Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth / Raven, and Ryan Potter as Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy.
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