Simu Liu will not be defined by his critics.
The star of Canada’s “Kim’s Convenience” was recently cast as Marvel Studios’ first Asian superhero in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”. The news excited many fans but left one YouTube channel questioning Marvel’s decision.
Asian Boss boasts 1.7 million subscribers on its YouTube channel. It released a street interview video titled, “Is The Asian Lead For Marvel ‘Too Ugly’ For Chinese People?”
The YouTube channel describes itself as delivering “the most authentic voices and perspectives on the latest news, social issues, and cultural trends from Asia.”
“I sincerely hope this YouTube channel will attack topics with a bit more journalistic and creative integrity in the future,” Liu responded in a Facebook group, per The Huffington Post. “There are a lot of real and valid reasons why audiences find Shang Chi’s source material to be controversial and I love the discussion that’s taking place. This… not so much.”
Liu was relatively unphased, insisting it was far from the first time he was dismissed, put down, or overlooked. “A lot of teachers thought I’d never amount to anything,” he said. “A lot of producers, directors, writers, and co-stars have questioned my acting ability.”
“I’ve been rejected from countless conservatories, grants, programs, etc. I’ve been second-guessed at every single possible step of my career. The reason why I’m still standing is because I’m singularly focused, I have the utmost belief in my abilities, and I refuse to let the opinions of others define me.”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” premieres in North America on February 12, 2021.