Amidst the turmoil between Martin Scorsese and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there seems to be a new contestant. Simu Liu, known for portraying Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings found himself at the front lines.
While referring to Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese as racist gatekeepers of Hollywood, Simu Liu found some heavy backlash for his comments.
Simu Liu Vs Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino
Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have been hailed as veteran directors in the Hollywood industry for a long time. The battle and the hatred started when Scorsese claimed that the MCU was not cinema. Salty Marvel fans hurled at him, but many people sided with The Irishman director too.
And during the ensuing battle, Simu Liu (from Shang-Chi fame) aimed directly for the director. In a tweet encompassing both Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, the actor referred to them as the racist gatekeepers of Hollywood. The actor in the same tweet praised Marvel Studios for trying to be as inclusive of the people as possible.
If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie.
I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they don't get to point their nose at me or anyone.
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) November 22, 2022
The people…didn’t take too kindly to the tweet. Fans of the veteran directors slammed the actor for calling out and referring to them as racist. The people reminded the actor that Disney also had some disturbances regarding racial differences during their earlier times. People also reminded the actor that there were several Asian characters and people from various backgrounds in Scorsese and Tarantino’s movies.
martin scorsese’s company restored an iranian film from the 1970s which was thought lost in time but rediscovered at a junk shop 30 yrs later. this sort of contribution to cinema is worth 100 times more than any marvel film (and i’m a marvel fan) https://t.co/ebkWF2B1ch
— felicity (@carpediemllewyn) November 22, 2022
By the way, Scorsese & Tarantino have cast Asian actors in films like Kundun, Kill Bill, & Silence. Your precious Disney agreed to distribute Kundun before sinking it on behalf of the Chinese government, since their attack on Tibet is depicted in the film.https://t.co/2CEmaWY7GL
— Michael Avolio (@MichaelAvolio) November 22, 2022
no one – and I mean no one, especially Scorsese and Tarantino – has seriously suggested that they be film's "gatekeepers." you literally made that up.
their beef with the current state of cinema is that big studios increasingly make one kind of movie – glorified children's films
— Mr. Sparkle (@upperweirdside) November 22, 2022
Can’t stop thinking about how I have no idea who directed Shang-Chi, a forgettable popcorn movie nobody will care about in ten years, while the people who starred in it are criticising a man who everybody on the planet can name ten films he’s made.
— Seb Jones (@big_cheddars) November 23, 2022
According to one of the tweets, Martin Scorsese stated that the people did not go to see Shang-Chi because Simu Liu was in it, but because it was a Marvel production. Following the statements, Simu Liu had to defend himself and thus ensued the battle once again.
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The fake movie, however, does not exist in real life and is just some humorous play for people. Martin Scorsese is attached to Killers of the Flower Moon as the director of the movie which is slated for a release date of May 2023.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is available to stream on Disney+.