“Our writer’s room lacked both East Asian and female representation”
Many cast members of Kim’s facility Spoke out against the show’s “extremely racist” storyline.
The fifth and final season of the long-running Canadian sitcom launches on Netflix on June 2.
Shortly after the premiere, co-stars Simu Liu and Jeon Yoon took to social media to express their disappointment with the show.
In a lengthy Facebook post, which was published on the same day that the final season launched, Liu listed the ways he felt the show had let him down.
who will do marvel’s next film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, wrote: “I hold on to missed opportunities to show Asian characters real depth and potential to grow and develop.”
Season 5 of the Kim feature is coming to Netflix today, and I’m feeling a lot of emotions at the moment. This is why…
Posted by Simu Liu Wednesday, June 2, 2021
She continued: “Our writer’s room lacked both East Asian and female representation, and also lacked the pipeline to feature diverse talent.”
Liu concluded that he was “saddened” by the lack of development, which he believed his character was experiencing.
Yun, who played Liu’s mother on the show, took Twitter Soon after he voiced his support for his co-star.
This is a fact that was hidden from us as an artist. This was evident from Mr. Choi’s meager presence on set, or his answers to questions from the script. Between S4 and S5, this FACT became a crisis, and in S5 we were told that Mr. Choi was resuming control of the show.
— jean yoon (jie yoon ya ) (@jean_yoon) 6 June 2021
“Stories that were openly racist, and so culturally wrong that artists came together and expressed concern collectively,” she wrote.
A spokesperson for CBC, which also airs the show, told BBC: “Respectfully, this is not our place to speak on behalf of the producers or the cast Kim’s facility“
Officials on Sunday (June 7) Kim’s facility The Twitter account shared a post by South Asian award-winning writer and co-executive producer Anita Kapila, who praised several minority contributors to the show.
Anita Kapila is a South Asian award-winning writer and co-executive producer, and has been working on Kim’s feature since the first season. pic.twitter.com/L2O9soBGlo
— Kim’s Convenience (@KimsConvenience) June 7, 2021
The tweet didn’t specifically mention any claims made by the actors, but did include the writer’s positive comments about his time on the show.
“I loved every writer who came across Kim’s facility room,” Kapila said in the tweet. “But today I want to publicly acknowledge the women and BIPOC I was honored to work with.”