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The former showrunner of Netflix's Daredevil and current Marvel Comics writer Steven S. DeKnight has announced he's severing ties with Marvel until the company's controversial Editor-in-Chief properly addresses his problematic past.
For those who might not be aware, it recently re-emerged that Marvel Comic's editor C.B. Cebulski's used to pretend to be a Japanese man so that he could continue to write books under a different name.
Cebulski, a white man, previously wrote under the fake Japanese name Akira Yoshida. As Yoshida, he worked on a number of major Marvel books including X-Men, Thor, Fantastic Four, and more. But it was more than just a pen name, as Cebulski went to lengths to present Yoshida as a real Japanese man, even going so far as to give fake interviews in which he talked about growing up in Japan and learning English through comic books.
Back in 2017 Cebulski was appointed Marvel's new Editor-in-Chief and finally acknowledged that Yoshida was nothing more than a creation.
"I stopped writing under the pseudonym Akira Yoshida after about a year," he said in a statement at the time. "It wasn't transparent, but it taught me a lot about writing, communication and pressure. I was young and naïve and had a lot to learn back then. But this is all old news that has been dealt with, and now as Marvel's new Editor-in-Chief, I'm turning a new page and am excited to start sharing all my Marvel experiences with up and coming talent around the globe."
While this has been public knowledge for years now, the issue of Cebulski playing the role of Yoshida recently resurfaced, with many critics feeling it has been far from properly addressed.
Completely unacceptable. Writing for Marvel is a childhood dream come true. My next issues come out in December. But I can't in good conscience accept any additional work until this is resolved. I hope other creatives will follow suit. https://t.co/vbKReksGk8- Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) October 9, 2021
On Twitter, DeKnight responded to the ongoing outcry by confirming he won't be working with Marvel going forward. "I can't in good conscience accept any additional work until this is resolved. I hope other creatives will follow suit," he wrote.
He added in a separate Tweet that Cebulski's past has only just come to his attention.
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