Marvel Star On Changing Her Last Name From Wang to Bennet: 'Hollywood Is Racist'

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Image via Getty.

Chloe Bennet, Chinese-American star of ABC’s Marvel show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., recently shared her appreciation of Ed Skrein’s highly publicized decision to back out of the upcoming Hellboy reboot because, as a white man, he felt that playing a character of “mixed Asian heritage” would be disrespectful. But after sharing her support for Skrein on Instagram, she was confronted by a commenter who asked why she changed her given name from Chloe Wang to Chloe Bennet after becoming an actress.

Bennet responded swiftly and candidly, writing back (bold mine):

“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. It means I had to pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable.

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She went on:

I’m doing everything I can, with the platform I have, to make sure no one has to change their name again, just so they can get work”

Said a fan in her comments, “🔥🔥🔥.”

Staff Writer, Jezebel | Man

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bittertaylor
The Real Unsharer

As an ABC (American-born Chinese), I 100% believe it that her name change improved her chances of being chosen for a role. There is still a disturbing amount of racism aimed at Asians in the US.

Case in point: I’ve had people ask me what my real name was, then ask me again what my real name was because they didn’t believe my “real” name could be a Western one. I actually had a couple refuse my help when I worked retail because they couldn’t trust me if I wouldn’t tell them what my real name was, ffs.