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After a three-year hiatus from social media, actor Constance Wu returned to Twitter Thursday to open up about her break from appearing and the way cruelty she confronted on-line drove her to aim suicide.
The Loopy Wealthy Asians star addressed the backlash she obtained in 2019 when she tweeted in regards to the renewal of Recent Off the Boat (FOTB) – a collection she was starring in on the time.
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On the time, Wu tweeted she was “so upset proper now I’m actually crying. Ugh. F–okay,” after studying that the collection was being renewed for a sixth season.
She despatched a followup tweet, saying, “F–king hell.”
The tweets have since been deleted.
And whereas she defended the tweets on the time, saying she was dissatisfied within the renewal as a result of it meant she needed to sideline one other necessary mission, Thursday’s missive stated the backlash was way more damaging than she ever let on.
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“I used to be afraid of coming back on social media as a result of I virtually misplaced my life from it: Three years in the past, once I made careless tweets in regards to the renewal of my TV present, it ignited outrage and web shaming that acquired fairly extreme,” Wu wrote.
“I felt terrible about what I’d stated, and when just a few DMs from a fellow Asian actress informed me I’d turn into a blight on the Asian American group, I began feeling like I didn’t even need to reside anymore. That I used to be a shame to AsAms (Asian People), they usually’d be higher off with out me.”
Wu stated a buddy discovered her throughout a suicide try and rushed her to the ER.
“AsAms don’t speak about psychological well being sufficient,” Wu continued. “Whereas we’re fast to rejoice illustration wins, there’s quite a lot of avoidance across the extra uncomfortable points inside our group. Even my tweets turned a topic so sensitive that almost all of my AsAm colleagues determined that was the time to keep away from me or ice me out.
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“After a bit break from Hollywood and quite a lot of remedy I really feel OK sufficient to enterprise again on right here (no less than for a bit bit),” the actor concluded, adopted by data for the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Hotline.
In 2019, Wu informed the Los Angeles Occasions she responded to her present’s renewal with anger as a result of she “had this second of warmth the place I acquired upset as a result of I had to surrender a job I had been trying ahead to and had been chasing for some time.”
She additionally stated she was shocked when the tweets made headlines.
“I’m not beating myself up for it as a result of I do know me,” she stated. “However I don’t suppose I noticed that folks have been paying a lot consideration to my Twitter.”
She additionally launched an announcement on the time, making an attempt to clarify in depth why she was upset.
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Wu launched a extra in-depth clarification for her outburst in an announcement.
“I like FOTB. I used to be quickly upset yesterday not as a result of I hate the present however (as a result of) its renewal meant I had to surrender one other mission that I used to be actually enthusiastic about. So my dismayed social media replies have been extra about that different mission and never about FOTB,” the actress wrote in an announcement posted to Twitter, which has since been deleted.
“However I perceive how that would really feel interconnected and will get muddled. So right here is me unmuddling it with my reality: FOTB is a good present that I’m pleased with and that I take pleasure in. I’ve gotten to totally discover my character and I do know her just like the again of my hand. So taking part in Jessica is enjoyable and simple and nice.”
She went on to say that she “clearly” doesn’t dislike “doing a present that’s enjoyable and simple and nice. However normally, I’ve all the time sought creative problem over consolation and ease.”
Wu clarified that she was upset she wouldn’t be capable to work on one other mission “as a result of the opposite mission would have challenged me as an artist.”
“Typically even my closest mates are baffled at how I might worth creative problem/difficulties over success/happiness. However I do. I do know it’s bizarre.”
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Wu stated her phrases have been “insensitive to those that are struggling, particularly insensitive contemplating the very fact I was in that battle, too. I do remorse that and it wasn’t good and I’m sorry for that.”
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