‘Daredevil’ Star Peter Shinkoda Accuses Marvel TV Chief of Being Anti-Asian
During a livestream hangout in a bid to save the popular “Daredevil” series, actor Peter Shinkoda called out Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb for alleged anti-Asian statements.
Cutting Asian storylines: Shinkoda, who played Nobu in Netflix’s “Daredevil,” shared that Loeb wanted to cut storylines for Asian characters in the show so he made anti-Asian remarks to justify his decision.
Among the Asian characters in the show were his character and Madame Gao, played by Wai Ching Ho.
Speaking at the #SaveDaredevilCon hangout alongside fellow actors Geoffrey Cantor (Ellison) and Tommy Walker (Francis) on Sunday, Shinkoda discussed how the executive producer told writers to stop storylines with Asian characters.
“I’m not into… really protecting, you know, certain things anymore. But Jeph Loeb told the writers room not to write for Nobu and Gao and this was reiterated many times by many of the writers and showrunners,” Shinkoda said.
According to Shinkoda, Loeb claimed that “‘Nobody cares about Chinese people and Asian people. There were three previous Marvel movies, a trilogy called Blade that was made where Wesley Snipes killed 200 Asians each movie. Nobody gives a sh*t so don’t write about Nobu and Gao.’”
Shinkoda said Loeb’s comments forced the writers to “put their storyline down and drop it.”
“The writers told me that they regretted it,” Shinkoda continued. “They were reluctant to do it, they were so stoked about including that in the storyline but they were prevented, so I had to concoct this other storyline and rock that material that I was given …”
In Daredevil’s portrayal of The Hand, Nobu and Madame Gao had very little exposure, which eventually affected the story as Daredevil crossed over to “The Defenders” miniseries.
If “Daredevil” was made today: During the virtual panel,Cantor and Shinkoda also discussed how inclusion and diversity have changed in Hollywood and would have impacted “Daredevil” itself if it was made today.
“Heck, I think that would have permeated into Iron Fist … ” Walker added.
According to Walker, “Daredevil” Season 2 showrunner Doug Petrie even pitched a multiracial version of Danny Rand for “Iron First” but was rejected by the studio.
“I think I can say this much safely that man came up with some brilliant pitches for Iron Fist early on before Iron Fist was well into production…but they were along those lines, very very thoughtful, very progressive for the time,” Walker said.
The outpouring of support: Many expressed support for Shinkoda on social media, with others pointing out how Loeb affected other television shows that led to their failure.
Jeph Loeb was the reason
1) Inhumans TV show flopped
2) Iron Fist flopped
3) Defenders flopped
4) Marvel movies and Marvel TV have been at odds instead of connected for years
During the Save Daredevil Panel, actor Peter Shinkoda revealed the reason that Nobu’s storyline was dropped. Shinkoda said Jeph Loeb told the writers: “Nobody cares about Asian people.” pic.twitter.com/bZbP1vmmSA
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