Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet has called Hollywood racist in an Instagram post defending her decision to change her Asian last name.

The Chicago-born beauty had shared a post applauding Ed Skein for leaving the Hellboy reboot following backlash against producers whitewashing the Japanese-American character.

In the comments underneath the post, a user questioned Chloe’s decision to change her name from Wang to Bennet and the 25-year-old actress wasted no time in hitting back.

Hitting back: Chloe Bennet called Hollywood racist as she explained why she changed her name from Wang in an exchange with an Instagram user on Tuesday

Hitting back: Chloe Bennet called Hollywood racist as she explained why she changed her name from Wang in an exchange with an Instagram user on Tuesday

The star was responding to a user who criticized her for changing her name

The star was responding to a user who criticized her for changing her name

Addressing them directly Chloe wrote: ‘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.’ 

The TV star concluded her message writing: ‘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, f**k off.’  

Bennet is Chloe’s father’s first name which she chose as a way to honor him while dropping his last name.

The actress has previously revealed that it was only a matter of days after changing her name that she received her first big offer to star in TV show Nashville in 2012. 

‘I was having trouble booking things with my last name. I think it was hard for people to cast me as an ethnic, as an Asian American woman,’ she told the Toronto Star in 2014.

‘But I still wanted to keep my dad’s name, and I wanted to respect him, so I used his first name.’ 

Talented: The actress is best-known for portraying the role of Daisy Johnson (formerly known as Skye) in the ABC spy-fi series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Talented: The actress is best-known for portraying the role of Daisy Johnson (formerly known as Skye) in the ABC spy-fi series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Impressed: Chloe had praised Ed Skrein for stepping down from Hellboy after producers were accused of whitewashing the character 

Impressed: Chloe had praised Ed Skrein for stepping down from Hellboy after producers were accused of whitewashing the character 

Meanwhile Ed Skrein stepped down from the lead role in upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen last week after accusations against casting directors for ‘whitewashing’ the role of Major Ben Daimio.

In Mike Mignola’s comic version of the movie, Daimio’s Japanese-American heritage is a central point to the character’s backstory.

‘Last week it was announced that I would be playing Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming HELLBOY reboot,’ the British actor wrote in a lengthy Twitter post.

‘I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage. There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right.

'I was having trouble booking things with my last name.' Chloe talked about her name change in an interview in 2014

‘I was having trouble booking things with my last name.’ Chloe talked about her name change in an interview in 2014

‘It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts,’ the Deadpool actor wrote.

‘I feel it is important to honour and respect that. Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately.

‘Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity.’ 

Chloe stars in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D alongside Clark Gregg, Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge 

Chloe stars in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D alongside Clark Gregg, Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge 

 

 

 





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