Hollywood actress Constance Wu was forced to issue a lengthy apology on social media this weekend after she made the apparently unforgivable mistake of venting her feelings in public.
Wu stars in “Fresh Off the Boat,” a popular ABC television series. On Friday the show announced via Instagram that it’d been renewed for another season. Good news, right? Not necessarily.
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The Huangs are back! #FreshOffTheBoat is returning for Season 6! ?
In a series of tweets posted that evening, Wu expressed her dismay at the show being renewed.
“So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F-ck,” she wrote in one tweet.
“F-cking hell,” she added in another.
When one of her fans tried to congratulate her for the show’s renewal, writing, “Congrats on your renewal! Great news :),” she replied by writing, “No it’s not.”
Look at screenshots of these tweets below:
Constance Wu is apparently upset that her tv show, ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat,” just got renewed for a sixth season.
Someone pass along Shelley Long, David Caruso, and Katherine Heigel’s info to her. pic.twitter.com/fgihh0SMMQ
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) May 10, 2019
Assuming they haven’t been deleted yet, some of the original tweets may be seen below:
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So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. Fuck
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) May 10, 2019
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) May 10, 2019
Because of her fame, these tweets quickly went viral. In response to the shock and confusion that her tweets had engendered, Wu then made two enormous mistakes.
The first mistake was that she chose to be honest.
In a lengthy statement to Twitter, she explained that she’d been hoping to work on another unnamed project that she believed “would have challenged [her] as an artist.”
“I love FOTB,” she wrote. “I was temporarily upset yesterday not bc I hate the show but bc its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about. So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about FOTB.”
“But I understand how that could feel interconnected and could get muddled,” she added. So here is me unmuddling it with my truth: FOTB is a great show that I’m proud of and that I enjoy,” she wrote. “I’ve gotten to fully explore my character and I know her like the back of my hand.”
Look at her full statement below:
These words are my truth. I hope you hear them pic.twitter.com/l6SvbFcUlj
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) May 11, 2019
That seems like an understandable sentiment, right? She’s a human being like everybody else, and normal human beings enjoy being challenged at work. Nobody wants a boring job.
“I don’t dislike doing a show that is fun and easy and pleasant,” she explained. “But in general, I’ve always sought artistic challenge over comfort and ease. I was disappointed in not being able to do that other project–Because that other project would have challenged me as an artist — that other project would have been really hard and not easy or pleasant at all.”
“Sometimes even my closest friends are baffled at how I could value artistic challenge/difficulties over success/happiness. But I do. I know it’s weird.”
Everybody is different, and it’s important to value each other’s differences. That being said, Wu was kind enough to apologize to those self-centered snowflakes whom she may have offended.
“But my words and ill-timing were insensitive to those who are struggling, especially insensitive considering the fact I used to be in that struggle too,” she wrote in reference to those who are unemployed.
“I do regret that and it wasn’t nice and I am sorry for that. I know it’s a huge privilege that I even HAVE options–options that FOTB has afforded me. But if one does have privilege, they ought to use that privilege as best they can. For me–that means pushing myself artistically. Constantly challenging myself by doing what’s unfamiliar and scary. So I am trying my best to use it well.”
That she even felt the need to apologize for experiencing perfectly normal feelings of frustration just goes to show how far society has fallen. But it gets significantly worse. Instead of shrugging off Wu’s momentary frustration and letting this woman be in peace, the increasingly regressive zealots who inhabit Twitter pounced on the actress for being a normal human being.
nope…not buying it. you know how difficult it is for Asians to get on tv or films. yet you swear and express anger when your show is renewed. hey, I have an idea…leave the show and go your own selfish way. give an actress who truly wants to be in the show a chance. be gone!
— brent walker (@brentsea1) May 12, 2019
You are an extremely selfish human being
— Jacob (@JacobMcMillan3) May 12, 2019
Honestly, it so irritating. She knows how little roles exists for Asian actors. To be so blatantly ungrateful b/c crazy rich asians was a success- & forgetting the show that launched her is downright selfish. Everyone on her show has a family & bills- she didn’t think of them.
— Flossy Nash (@flossy_nash) May 11, 2019
Wu’s second mistake was even more damaging. In concluding her apology letter, she made the inexplicable decision to reference the #MeToo movement …
“People can hold conflicting feelings in their hearts–that conflict is part of being human,” she wrote. So I can both love the show/cast/crew but at the same time be disappointed that I lost that other unrelated job. I appreciate those who have given me the space and faith to believe what I say about both parts of my heart. Thank you. It’s meaningful when you make the choice to believe women.”
The criticism aimed at her for this particular mistake has been brutal:
That last line is disgusting and unnecessary. How dare you use #metoo to cover your own back and reduce such an important cause to something so small and petty?! You should be ashamed of yourself.
— Nic Gale (@_Nic_G) May 12, 2019
You are so selfish, and the use of the #MeToo in your last sentence is grotesque and unfortunate.
— Ivo (@gleeks777) May 12, 2019
Are you seriously equating this blunder of yours to the #MeToo movement?! This has nothing to do with believing women. It has to do with people not believing you for one minute. And now you’ve gone and made it so much worse. It’s time to step back and let the PR people handle it
— IntoTheArrowverse♥️ (@IArrowverse) May 12, 2019
What In the hell does this have to do with “believing women”? Crap like this hurts the actual #metoo movement which I fully support
— Larry (@TheBroLarry) May 11, 2019
These words are my truth. I hope you hear them
Believe women is a slogan for #MeToo for people like me having been raped (ages 9-11) & need to be believed, not for you to co-opt in a weak apology after you having had a hissy-fit over being too successful & too wanted.
— Heidi (@Havenlore) May 11, 2019
Here’s some advice for Wu, though everybody who uses social media would be wise to follow it: Keep your desires, frustrations and feelings in general to yourself, because it appears that very little good can come these days from expressing your true self on social media.
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