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marvel superstar Simu Liu is receiving backlash from fans for seemingly benign comments he made on the red carpet of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever first when discussing the legacy of Chadwick Boseman.
Dressed in an all-black fitted suit and matching dark glasses, Liu expressed excitement at seeing how the next Black Panther The film plans to explore this next phase of its story without Boseman. By speaking with The Hollywood Reporter Liu said, “I think what reminds me more and more, especially of being on this mat, is the importance of the covenant and the importance of coming together and celebrating not only our own cultures, but also each other, and the battles and fights, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be here.
However, it was Liu’s follow-up comment that hit the bad chord with fans:
“I know I’m very much in Chadwick’s footsteps, so I’m very grateful you made that comparison and hope I can live up to it.”
Fan reactions were immediate, pouring into all the crevices of Twitter. Several criticized Liu for hogging the spotlight and having the nerve to compare himself to Boseman, who died in August 2020 of colon cancer.
Liu, who shot to fame with his portrayal of Marvel’s first Asian superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has not been without a blighted past, coming under fire for comments he allegedly made in a long-deleted Reddit post years before landing his Marvel gig; a post in which he would have compared pedophiles to homosexuals, and being homosexual to a mutation. The comments were never substantiated by Liu and were only linked to him because the author of the post claimed to be a Canadian actor. However, Liu “closed the trolls” on a Posting on Twitter soon after, and all the “bad faith actors who want to drag your name through the mud”.
A few Twitter users tried to see through Liu’s red carpet potential by explaining that Black Panther, Marvel’s first black superhero – and by extension, Boseman – allowed Liu, the first Asian superhero of Marvel, to exist in mainstream media.
It’s clear that Liu meant no harm with his comments, especially when watching a separate clip of him on the red carpet offering nothing but praise for Boseman and his legacy. Yet even here, Liu somehow manages to make the moment about himself, saying Boseman’s passing affected him “personally” as if to insinuate “more than others”.
Simu Liu may be a rising star in Hollywood with a growing list of acting credits to his name, but given his background in scrambling words and confusing meanings, it’s high time the actor from 33-year-old asks his PR representative to guide him. choreographed scripts of interview questions, or just to think more deeply before speaking.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres in cinemas worldwide on November 11, 2022