SHANG-CHI Star Simu Liu Comes Under Fire For Resurfaced Reddit Posts (But Context Is Definitely Key)
Simu Liu is the latest celebrity that social media has decided to attempt to "cancel," but it turns out that context is key here, and much of what he once posted on Reddit has actually been misinterpreted.
As you've probably heard, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu has come under fire on social media for some resurfaced Reddit posts and comments. Unsurprisingly, the main three or four doing the rounds online have been taken out of context, and while they haven't necessarily been blown out of proportion, are definitely less damning than they first appear.
The Twitter thread below does a great job of clearing things up; ultimately Liu shared some opinions that, while not exactly well-expressed, by no means appear to be coming from a bad place.
One point that has understandably upset some people is the Shang-Chi star appearing to compare being gay to being a paedophile. However, read his full post, and you'll see that he was simply sharing his own opinion that our sexual preferences are genetic (he definitely wasn't saying that loving someone of the same sex is equivalent to abusing a child).
Liu certainly made some mistakes here, but these comments are quite a few years old and you have to believe the actor has grown, educated himself, and matured somewhat. Again, they don't paint him in the best light, but does he really deserve to be cancelled? That seems a tad harsh, to say the least!
Regardless, we'll let you make your own minds up, and we certainly don't blame anyone for feeling upset or angry about Liu's past remarks.
So, the Simu Liu Reddit debacle has really, really annoyed me because if you took 5 MINUTES TO FACT CHECK you’d find out it’s all nonsense.— Lewis Parker (@LPCantLose) September 17, 2021
And if you’re too lazy to do that, here, I’ll do it for you: https://t.co/gKu77ixBk0
Context goes A LONG WAY, FOLKS. Here’s the post and the comment Simu replied to, along with EVERY post he made in this subreddit. Notice they’re all on the same post about Kim’s Convenience.— Lewis Parker (@LPCantLose) September 17, 2021
Anyone see anything about hating women because he’s Asian? Nope. Nada. Zilch. pic.twitter.com/2uPLy1NeKq
Then there’s this one. This might genuinely be the only comment he’s made that actually kinda sucks.— Lewis Parker (@LPCantLose) September 17, 2021
…and that’s because, in context, Simu is calling himself an asshole for you guys. He’s literally saying he’s an asshole for thinking this way. Context, again, helps. pic.twitter.com/JmIR6wT0Ws
You know what I can find though? 182 posts about how much he loves basketball. pic.twitter.com/Rp20UHD5hD— Lewis Parker (@LPCantLose) September 17, 2021
…aaaand a bunch of comments calling people out for being racist. pic.twitter.com/RweCTCrtAW— Lewis Parker (@LPCantLose) September 17, 2021
Do I think the comparison between gay people and paedos is great? Nah it’s pretty awfully worded and structured.— Lewis Parker (@LPCantLose) September 17, 2021
However, I think Simu’s point about gay conversation therapy and paedophilia conversation therapy was spot on… and he just kinda ran with it. Sprinted with it tbh. pic.twitter.com/djOvxKph1T