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Marvel screenwriter quits job at company after learning editor impersonating Japanese

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Steven DeKnight, a screenwriter and director at Marvel Comics, quits his job at the company after learning that editor-in-chief CB Cebulski had previously impersonated Japanese in an effort to advance his career.

‘How come this man still has a job? Completely unacceptable,” DeKnight wrote Saturday, starting a series of tweets announcing his resignation.

“I enjoy working with Marvel, but will not pursue or accept any future work until this is resolved. I hope that other, more high-profile creatives in the comics world will follow suit.’

DeKnight has previously written a handful of Marvel entries, including “Wolverine: Black, White & Blood,” and was the showrunner and executive producer for the first season of “Daredevil.”

‘How come this man still has a job? Completely unacceptable,” DeKnight wrote on Saturday, starting a series of tweets announcing his resignation.

Steven DeKnight, pictured, a screenwriter at Marvel Comics, finished working with the company when he learned that editor-in-chief was posing as Japanese to continue his career

Steven DeKnight, pictured, a screenwriter at Marvel Comics, finished working with the company when he learned that editor-in-chief was posing as Japanese to continue his career

CB Cebulski, pictured, used the pseudonym 'Akira Yoshida' when publishing several Marvel comics in the early 2000s

CB Cebulski, pictured, used the pseudonym ‘Akira Yoshida’ when publishing several Marvel comics in the early 2000s

A Marvel representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2017, Cebulski revealed that he had used the pseudonym “Akira Yoshida” when publishing several Marvel comics in the early 2000s, most of which used Asian themes and characters, according to Yahoo! News.

“Completely unacceptable. Writing for Marvel is a childhood dream come true. My next songs will be out in December,” DeKnight continued on Twitter.

“But in good conscience I can’t take on any additional work until this is resolved. I hope other creatives will follow.’

“Completely unacceptable.  Writing for Marvel is a childhood dream come true.  My next issues will be out in December,

“Completely unacceptable. Writing for Marvel is a childhood dream come true. My next issues will be out in December,” DeKnight’s Twitter post continued

“It was much more than a pseudonym.  The depth of his deception should have disqualified him from even being considered for the position.

“It was much more than a pseudonym. The depth of his deception should have disqualified him from even being considered for the position.”

DeKnight has written a handful of Marvel entries before, including

DeKnight has written a handful of Marvel entries before, including “Wolverine: Black, White & Blood,” pictured

“It was much more than a pseudonym. The depth of his deception should have disqualified him from even being considered for the position.”

Cebulski, for his part, expressed regret at his co-opting of a Japanese name, adding that it was “never his intention” to cause anyone pain or anger.

Marvel did give the outlet a statement from 2017 when the controversy first occurred.

“I am sincerely sorry for the pain, anger and disappointment I have caused by my poor pen name choice,” Cebulski said.

‘That was never my intention. Throughout my career in anime, manga and comics, I’ve made it a point to listen and learn from my mistakes, and that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do with this misstep.”

DeKnight, however, was dismissive of Cebulski’s apology, claiming that the matter is far more complex than just adopting a Japanese pseudonym.

“Personally, I have no intention of destroying that man’s life. But I also don’t think he’s fit to be editor-in-chief,” he added on Twitter.

DeKnight was the showrunner and executive producer for the first season of 'Daredevil', pictured

DeKnight was the showrunner and executive producer for the first season of ‘Daredevil’, pictured

“Thank you @StevenDeKnight for being a true ally and using your voice, power and position to recognize, share and advocate for change the truth,” one user tweeted.

“Thank you @StevenDeKnight for being a true ally and using your voice, power and position to recognize, share and advocate for change the truth,” one user tweeted.

“His actions — which, for those just joining us, go well beyond taking on a Japanese pseudonym.”

While DeKnight didn’t call Cebulski racist, he tweeted that it showed a “deep lack of ethics” for Marvel Comics’ top editors.

The 57-year-old made a suggestion to his now former boss, saying that Cebulski should reach out to the Asian community and have a “really honest discussion” about the controversy.

“At the very least, I think Cebulski should sit down with representatives of the Asian community and have a really honest discussion about his actions,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Marvel fans took to Twitter in a show of solidarity with DeKnight, with users supporting his use of his platform to shed light on the issue, which has been largely unreported in the years since the controversy first surfaced in 2017.

“Thank you @StevenDeKnight for being a true ally and using your voice, power and position to recognize, share and advocate for change the truth,” one user tweeted.

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