Written by Rachael Krishna, AUG 31, 2017 published by BuzzFeed News
On Tuesday, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet took to Instagram to praise actor Ed Skrein for pulling out of the Hellboy reboot after he was accused of whitewashing a role.
She reposted Skrein’s statement explaining his decision with a comment praising him for doing so.
“DAMN, that’s a man. Thank you @edskrein for standing up against hollywoods continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community. There is no way this decision came lightly on your part, 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?! Fellas, take note. That’s how it’s done.”
In the post, Bennet says that changing her surname from a Chinese one was because “I had to pay my rent and Hollywood is racist.” Bennet has addressed her name change before, but the Instagram post seemed to resonate with people. It was quickly shared across social media.