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Simu Liu Lost ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Role Because He Isn’t ‘White-Passing,’ M’sian Netizens Defend Henry Golding

Simu Liu Lost ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Role Because He Isn’t ‘White-Passing,’ M’sian Netizens Defend Henry Golding

Some netizens alleged Henry Golding got the titular role in the movie because he is half-white and has a British accent.

Adeline Leong

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Simu Liu recently triggered an uproar on Twitter when he shared with IndieWire that he lost a role in Crazy Rich Asians after auditioning four times.

He was told he didn’t get the role because he didn’t possess the It factor.

It didn’t take long for a few netizens to allege that Henry Golding got the lead role in Crazy Rich Asians because he is half-white while Simu Liu isn’t biracial.

To top it off, Golding has a British accent. The netizen added that Golding possesses a more conventionally attractive look than Simu Liu.

Malaysians were quick to jump in and defend the decision to cast Henry Golding as Nick Young in the hit film.

Malaysian netizens pointed out that Henry Golding is half-Iban which makes him closer to the character’s background. They also said Golding isn’t white-passing and explained that a lot of men in East Malaysia look like Golding.

They also pointed out that Golding is Southeast Asian while Simu Liu is not. In other words, not all Asians are the same or have the same skin tone.

To demonstrate how not all Asians look the same, netizens even shared pictures of other Asian men.

Hell hath no fury like scorned Malaysians indeed.

At the end of the day, a netizen’s question sticks out the most. The netizen questioned why does society have to pit two Asian men who have their own strengths.


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