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Simu Liu slammed for deleting a Mark Wahlberg tweet, after it was announced they were doing movie

Marvel Shang Chi actor Simu Liu is in hot water after he admittingly deleted a tweet slamming Mark Wahlberg for trying to get a pardon for a 1988 assault on two Vietnamese men in Boston as it was announced that the two would be appearing in the new movie, Arthur the King, together.

The 31-year-old Canadian actor went on the defensive just shortly after sharing a Deadline article announcing that he had joined Wahlberg on the project directed by Simon Cellan Jones. 

Several users began searching for a 2018 tweet where Liu, who was born in China and immigrated to Canada when he was 5, criticized the 49-year-old actor for attempting to get a pardon for the assaults in 2014.   

Mark Wahlberg

The 31-year-old Canadian actor went on the defensive just shortly after sharing a Deadline article announcing that he had joined Mark Wahlberg on the film Arthur the King

Liu said in the now deleted tweet: 'Let me get this straight, Mark Wahlberg beat a helpless Vietnamese man with a stick until he passed out when he was 16, and is attempting to get the courts to grant him an official pardon on the basis that he's "turned his life around"?'

Liu said in the now deleted tweet: ‘Let me get this straight, Mark Wahlberg beat a helpless Vietnamese man with a stick until he passed out when he was 16, and is attempting to get the courts to grant him an official pardon on the basis that he’s “turned his life around”?’

Soon many began sharing the deleted posts and tagging Liu in them

Soon many began sharing the deleted posts and tagging Liu in them

Liu said in the now deleted tweet: ‘Let me get this straight, Mark Wahlberg beat a helpless Vietnamese man with a stick until he passed out when he was 16, and is attempting to get the courts to grant him an official pardon on the basis that he’s “turned his life around”?’  

When several users on Twitter began asking Liu about the deleted tweet, the actor responded that he got rid of the post in hopes of having ‘progressive conversations’ with the Ted actor. 

‘So I think it’s pretty obvious why I would delete a tweet like this,’ the Kim’s Convenience actor responded to one user. ‘I’m trying to set the stage to have progressive conversations and take positive action instead of just hurling stones. I understand the anger but I don’t appreciate the immediate hostility and harassment.’

When another user asked him if the tweet happened, Liu confirmed that it did. 

When several users on Twitter began asking Liu about the deleted tweet, the actor responded that he got rid of the post in hopes of having 'progressive conversations' with the Ted actor

When several users on Twitter began asking Liu about the deleted tweet, the actor responded that he got rid of the post in hopes of having ‘progressive conversations’ with the Ted actor

When another user asked him if the tweet happened, Liu confirmed that it did

When another user asked him if the tweet happened, Liu confirmed that it did

‘No it happened; not denying what I said in the moment. I was angry,’ he said.

But both responses were met with a firestorm of irate posts as people questioned the genuineness of his sentiments. 

‘If anyone knows anything about “hurling stones” it’s Mr. Wahlberg bayBEH. If you wanted to cash a check, just say that,’ one user said, mentioning a 1986 incident where Wahlberg and three friends chased three black children and shouted racial slurs at them while throwing rocks. 

Another user said: ‘Think I would have respected it more if you just came out and said “I did it for the bag”. Anyone interested in having the hard conversations doesn’t attempt to scrub away the evidence of their past criticism.’

'If anyone knows anything about “hurling stones” it’s Mr. Wahlberg bayBEH. If you wanted to cash a check, just say that,' one user said, mentioning a 1986 incident where Wahlberg and three friends chased three black children

‘If anyone knows anything about “hurling stones” it’s Mr. Wahlberg bayBEH. If you wanted to cash a check, just say that,’ one user said, mentioning a 1986 incident where Wahlberg and three friends chased three black children

Another user said: 'Think I would have respected it more if you just came out and said "I did it for the bag". Anyone interested in having the hard conversations doesn't attempt to scrub away the evidence of their past criticism'

Another user said: ‘Think I would have respected it more if you just came out and said “I did it for the bag”. Anyone interested in having the hard conversations doesn’t attempt to scrub away the evidence of their past criticism’

'It’s very obvious why you’d delete it - your principles are malleable when it serves your interests,' declared Scott Menor. 'That doesn’t make you unique. Musk is a terrible person, but I follow SpaceX and bought a Tesla, and I voted for Biden who is also awful because Trump is worse. Just don’t pretend'

‘It’s very obvious why you’d delete it – your principles are malleable when it serves your interests,’ declared Scott Menor. ‘That doesn’t make you unique. Musk is a terrible person, but I follow SpaceX and bought a Tesla, and I voted for Biden who is also awful because Trump is worse. Just don’t pretend’

‘It’s very obvious why you’d delete it – your principles are malleable when it serves your interests,’ declared Scott Menor. ‘That doesn’t make you unique. Musk is a terrible person, but I follow SpaceX and bought a Tesla, and I voted for Biden who is also awful because Trump is worse. Just don’t pretend.’ 

Some noted that the move was probably just to appease Wahlberg.

‘I’d have more respect for a “Honestly just trying to not upset my crazy coworker” than this fake a** tweet,’ said one person. 

Another added: ‘Irony is you’re probably not even being paid the same as him :/ but good luck with having those “conversations”.’ 

'I’d have more respect for a “Honestly just trying to not upset my crazy coworker” than this fake a** tweet,' said one person

‘I’d have more respect for a “Honestly just trying to not upset my crazy coworker” than this fake a** tweet,’ said one person

One user added: 'Irony is you’re probably not even being paid the same as him :/ but good luck with having those "conversations"'

One user added: ‘Irony is you’re probably not even being paid the same as him :/ but good luck with having those “conversations”‘

'Also do you think this is a good look considering you're the d**n lead in an upcoming first ever Asian Marvel movie,' asked another annoyed fan

‘Also do you think this is a good look considering you’re the d**n lead in an upcoming first ever Asian Marvel movie,’ asked another annoyed fan

Liu would offer just a few more words to the matter, telling his followers: 'I’ve spoken. Stop assuming the worst in me'

Liu would offer just a few more words to the matter, telling his followers: ‘I’ve spoken. Stop assuming the worst in me’

'Your defensiveness at being accused is stopping you from actual progressive conversation you could be having with your critics right now,' declared a user. 'You can understand why people are hurt and angry by this so certainly you should be able to engage with them properly'

‘Your defensiveness at being accused is stopping you from actual progressive conversation you could be having with your critics right now,’ declared a user. ‘You can understand why people are hurt and angry by this so certainly you should be able to engage with them properly’

‘Also do you think this is a good look considering you’re the d**n lead in an upcoming first ever Asian Marvel movie,’ asked another annoyed fan.

Pardon documents from 2014 state that in 1988, a 16-year-old Wahlberg hit a man in the head with a wooden stick while trying to steal two cases of alcohol in front of a convenience store near his family's home in the Dorchester section of Boston. Wahlberg pictured in 1991

Pardon documents from 2014 state that in 1988, a 16-year-old Wahlberg hit a man in the head with a wooden stick while trying to steal two cases of alcohol in front of a convenience store near his family’s home in the Dorchester section of Boston. Wahlberg pictured in 1991

Liu would offer just a few more words to the matter, telling his followers: ‘I’ve spoken. Stop assuming the worst in me.’    

‘Your defensiveness at being accused is stopping you from actual progressive conversation you could be having with your critics right now,’ declared a user. ‘You can understand why people are hurt and angry by this so certainly you should be able to engage with them properly.’ 

Pardon documents from 2014 state that in 1988, a 16-year-old Wahlberg hit a man in the head with a wooden stick while trying to steal two cases of alcohol in front of a convenience store near his family’s home in the Dorchester section of Boston.   

He punched another man, army veteran Johnny Trinh, in the face while trying to avoid police. Both victims were Vietnamese. 

But court documents revealed that Wahlberg also shouted racial slurs at the victims and others at the scene. Wahlberg was sentenced to two years in prison but only did 45 days behind bars, the Independent reports.  

He punched another man, army veteran Johnny Trinh (left), in the face while trying to avoid police. Both victims were Vietnamese

He punched another man, army veteran Johnny Trinh (left), in the face while trying to avoid police. Both victims were Vietnamese

Trinh was left blind in one eye following the attack from Wahlberg. Pictured in 2014

Trinh was left blind in one eye following the attack from Wahlberg. Pictured in 2014

In his pardon petition, Wahlberg claimed that his record continued to impact him and could prevent businesses, such as restaurants, that work with him from getting licenses. 

But the request for pardon was met with controversy from many in the Asian American community, who claimed the actor never apologized for the assaults. 

He would eventually say in 2016 that he regretted seeking the pardon after the petition was closed and the pardon dropped, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.

Liu will play Marvel’s first Asian superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which tells the tale of Shang-Chi, a martial arts master who was raised inside a reclusive Chinese compound.

Liu (right) will play Marvel's first Asian superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. He is pictured with some of the cast from the film

Liu (right) will play Marvel’s first Asian superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. He is pictured with some of the cast from the film

He will play Shang Chi, a martial arts master who was raised inside a reclusive Chinese compound

He will play Shang Chi, a martial arts master who was raised inside a reclusive Chinese compound


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