Simu Liu Clarifies ‘Moon Knight’ Translator’s Comment: Not ‘Political’

Simu Liu reflects on his comments on “Moon Knight.”

After the MCU ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ star tweeted last month that the Disney+ series ‘Moon Knight’ stumbled upon a sequence involving the Mandarin, Liu is clarifying his views on Marvel.

The ‘Barbie’ actor wrote, ‘Okay Arthur Harrow needs to fire his Mandarin teacher’ after an episode of ‘Moon Knight’ featured Ethan Hawke’s character Arthur speaking Mandarin at home. one of his followers, played by Miriam Nyarko. Other viewers of “Moon Knight” commented on Liu’s tweet confirming that there were “no spoken Mandarin/Chinese words” in the scene.

“I think there might be a misconception that Marvel is this kind of monolithic, all-powerful single organism with infinite resources,” Liu now told GQ. “I think it’s easy to pin the blame on Marvel as a whole. If you really break it down, there was a translator who probably shouldn’t have been a translator. There were probably a few people in the process of decision-making that should have raised a flag that didn’t.”

Liu continued, “I fully appreciate that Mandarin is not an easy language. I didn’t want to make it a big political thing. I just wanted to poke fun at it because the sound coming out of that man’s mouth didn’t sound like Mandarin in any way.

In the interview, Liu spoke about social media as a whole, warning about the ability of forums to exacerbate “crowd mentality” and even become more of a “manager” instead of an agent of change. Instead, Liu hopes to use her platform as an MCU star to create a “lexicon” for those looking to discuss their AAPI identities.

“[Shang-Chi allowed] me to be at the helm of projects that otherwise wouldn’t exist,” Liu said. “Like this book or movies that I’m really looking forward to helping make. Not necessarily just jumping to the next studio movie, but there are stories out there that I really feel like without my hand pushing them forward, I would never tell them. Third culture kids have grown up so hungry for this kind of content. I just want the next generation not to experience this.

Liu admitted to Vanity Fair earlier this year that as an Asian-American actor he was “bombarded” with representation questions. “I was not a student of Asian studies. Nothing prepared me,” Liu said of his “Shang-Chi” fame. “What I wasn’t prepared for was a reaction from within, for people to say, ‘He’s not our representative. Even if only a few people say it, it still hurts.

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