Earlier this week she spoke out in support of actor Ed Skrein for stepping down from the role of Major Ben Daimio in the "Hellboy" reboot. In the comic series, Daimio is of Asian descent. Skrein is not.
"Thank you @edskrein for standing up against hollywoods continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community," Bennet wrote on her Instagram.
When one commenter pointed out that Bennet changed her name from Wang to Bennet, the actress lashed out.
"Changing my last name doesn't change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese," Bennet replied, according to People magazine. "It means I had to pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn't cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable. I'm doing everything I can, with the platform I have, to make sure no one has to change their name again, just so they can get work. So kindly love, f*** off."
Skrein said in a statement Monday that when he accepted the part of Daimio, he was unaware of the character's Asian heritage. After bearing witness to "intense conversation and understandable upset," he said in a statement, he decided "to step down so the role can be cast appropriately."