#GlobalNews: “Chloe Bennet, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ actress, says she changed her last name because of ‘racist’ Hollywood – National”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Chloe Bennet defended her last name change after a fan questioned her about it on social media this week.

The actress, who changed her last name from Wang to Bennet, says that the cause of the name change was due to ‘racist’ Hollywood.

“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,” Bennet wrote in since-deleted response to a fan on Instagram.

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Her post continued: “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.”

This isn’t the first time the Nashville actress has addressed the racism she’s experienced in casting.

“Oh, the first audition I went on after I changed my name, I got booked,” Bennet told The Daily Beast in April 2016. “So that’s a pretty clear little snippet of how Hollywood works.”

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Bennet’s comment came on the heels of the news that actor Ed Skrein stepped down from his role in the upcoming Hellboy reboot.

The actress posted a statement to her Instagram account in support of Skrein’s decision after being hit with criticism for his role. Accusations of whitewashing began, as the original character he was set to play was of mixed Asian heritage.

“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,” Skrein said in a statement. “I feel it is important to honor and respect that. Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately.”

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Bennet took to Instagram to praise Skrein’s decision, writing, “DAMN, that’s a man. Thank you @edskrein for standing up against hollywoods continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community. There is no way this decision came lightly on your part, so thank you for your bravery and genuinely impactful step forward. I hope this inspires other actors/film makers to do the same.??????–Also, dayum cute af AND a pioneer for social injustice?! Fellas, take note. That’s how it’s done.”

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