The folks over at Marvel Studios had the perfect birthday present for actor Simu Liu who is celebrating his 32nd birthday today as the studio finally dropped the official trailer for the highly-anticipated Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings which marks the actor's Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. Not only that but the upcoming MCU flick is also being celebrated by fans the world over for its Asian representation which a lot of people have been dying to see for years now.
But despite the festivities and all the celebratory messages Simu has been getting from MCU fans, there are people who are ready to rain on his parade. In fact, some people are now trying to cancel the Kim's Convenience star on Twitter over a 2012 joke which suspiciously resurfaced following Shang-Chi's internet-breaking trailer release.
To give you a little context, the actor apparently made a joke about American pop star Nicki Minaj, comparing her music to a homeless man yelling at a pigeon. Naturally, the tweet, which was obviously intended to be humorous didn't sit well with some fans who quickly lambasted the actor on the social media platform.
I thought I was at a nicki minaj concert for 20 minutes before I realized I was just watching a homeless man yell at a pigeon....— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) November 22, 2012
Thankfully, Marvel fans proved that they have Simu's back and they were ready to defend the actor and make sure his birthday and Shang-Chi's arrival to the MCU are celebrated properly. Check out out some of the tweets here:
Nicki Minaj stans on their way to cancel Simu Liu for having a negative opinion about her in a tweet from 2012 pic.twitter.com/neuN7Dlj7a— The Marvel Sheriff (@SheriffDontMiss) April 19, 2021
no bc if u stan mostly any actor in the mcu, don't speak on simu liu. yall won't think twice before giving ur white fav a pass but when it comes to an asian person/any poc yall will try to cancel them without any hesitation. just say you're racist and GO— ً bhumi⁷ | hayden day! (@vantelorians) April 19, 2021
idk man it's rubbing me the WRONG fucking way that people are trying to cancel simu liu on his fucking birthday and that i've been seeing a bunch of people being racist in the replies to a tweet he made literally 9 years ago— salem: 1 day til birthday ! (@witchinitup) April 19, 2021
y’all are gonna cancel simu liu that quickly but stay silent about the shit your favs have done? pic.twitter.com/mQYw3rzLCf— leon (Taylor’s Version) (@tifasrep) April 19, 2021
Nicki Minaj stans are really trying to cancel Simu Liu on his birthday cause of a decade old tweet making fun of Nicki Minajs music ???— Carter ? (@H11mGuy) April 19, 2021
there's literally no fucking point in trying to cancel simu liu over a 10 year old tweet. please get a fucking hobby you fucking weirdos— gillian (@valkyriegamoras) April 19, 2021
everyone’s appreciating simu liu as the first asian hero in the mcu (as they should) and your first go to is to dig up old tweets to find a way to cancel him?? people have known that he’ll be shang chi for a while but as soon as the trailer drops that’s when you become detective?— tee (@omnimans) April 19, 2021
Nicki Minaj stans trying to cancel Simu Liu is basically the same energy when K-Poop stans tried to cancel Joji / FilthyFrank.— AeroHybrid #StopAsianHate ➕✖️【=◈︿◈=】 (@DelonLuu) April 19, 2021
Then they lose the arguments and spout racial slurs ??? pic.twitter.com/5cdKt7yl2S
If you try to cancel Simu Liu on his birthday just because of a tweet he made in his early 20s almost 10 years ago because he didn't like someone's music, you're pathetic.— kothuboy21 (@kothuboy21) April 19, 2021
our first asian lead and you guys are digging up old tweets to cancel him— maya || simu liu fanatic (@stormpilot_m) April 19, 2021
not y'all trying to cancel simu liu over old tweets.....jfc i hate twitter— gillian (@valkyriegamoras) April 19, 2021
Obviously, people are already trying to find excuses to hate on the actor and it's been an ongoing cycle on social media for quite some time now. One actor finds success and then all of a sudden, people are going to try everything in their power to find something ridiculous to fault them for. Cancel culture is why we can't have nice things and honestly, I'm growing sick and tired of it. This sick internet "culture" just needs to stop.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will premiere on September 3, 2021.