Chloe Bennet, the famous actress of Marvel’s TV show had recently tweeted back after being criticized for changing her original Chinese surname, Wang.
The famous actress feels that Hollywood is racist and to that wouldn’t cast her because of her Chinese surname. She strongly confides that being an Asian- American woman she is discriminated and for that particular she has to change original surname, Wang to Bennet. She said that the film and media industries, the Hollywood rather treated Asian talent unfairly.
The actress said “whether it be casting Asian actors in stereotypical or racially insensitive roles, whitewashing Asian characters by using white actors, paying them less than their white colleagues or not casting them at all.”
For the criticism she replied “Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my 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.”
She also added, “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. So kindly love, fuck off.”
This comment of Bennet actually caught attention of Ken Jeong another accomplished Asian-American actor who apparently replied “Mad respect @ChloeBennet4 for the win.” Bennet’s father is Chinese and mother is white. Initially she did not use a stage name. She once pursued a singing career in China using her real name, Chloe Wang.
But she faced racism regarding her surname and to that she being an Asian-American.Sources say that Bennet told the Daily Beast “Oh, the first audition I went on after I changed my name, I got booked. So that’s a pretty clear little snippet of hoe Hollywood works.”
The Marvel TV star also added something for her fans, she said, “I want to be clear because some of my Asian-American fans seem to think I did that [name change] because I didn’t want to be noticed as Chinese, but it’s so the opposite.”
Bennet said that she was very proud to be half Chinese and she wanted her fans to know that she only changed her name so she could be seen in the industry more and not to hide the Chinese part of her.
As an open comment, everyone did not agree with her choice of using a “white-sounding” surname. Some people even claimed that Bennet is taking advantage of her privilege as a woman for which she can pass as a white actress.
There were also many people who favoured her and supported her to fight against the systematic oppression of minorities in Hollywood.Some also said that she does not need to conform her name to fit within the dominant culture’s standards and that it was not too late change her name back to Chloe Wang.
However there are many support for Bennet’s decision to use her fame and speak out against racism in Hollywood.This would not only change the phase of Hollywood but also bring an overall change in the society. People however need to overcome this and come out from the narrow-mindedness.
Each one should be respected and judged merit wise and by race.
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