Shang-Chi Star Denounces SNL Comedian's Use of Racial Slur

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Simu Liu, star of the upcoming Marvel Studios film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has shared his opinion on the controversy surrounding Saturday Night Live's new cast member Shane Gillis.

"It wasn’t funny then, and it sure as hell isn’t funny today," Liu wrote on Twitter. "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." Liu shared his comments alongside an Industrial Age propaganda image.

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The actor also made a point to call out SNL, saying, "Like the other members of my community I am eagerly awaiting [their] response."

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In his Tweet, Liu is referring to a clip from the Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast in which Shane Gillis used offensive language, specifically towards Asians. No official word has been released from NBC.

Liu will star as the titular character of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is slated to arrive in about a year and a half. In the meantime, can see him on Kim's Convenience, which is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung as the Mandarin and Awkwafina. The film arrives in theaters on Feb. 12, 2021.

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