After the ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Twitter backlash, Constance Wu attempted suicide.
On Twitter, Constance Wu announced her new book, “Making a Scene,” and said that she had attempted suicide following the reaction she received in 2019. Wu’s “Fresh Off the Boat” renewal sparked a backlash on social media after she expressed her displeasure.
After nearly losing his life three years ago when he tweeted about the renewal of his TV program, “I was frightened of coming back on social media because I almost lost my life,” Wu says in a statement. When a fellow Asian actress sent me a couple of DMs saying that I had become a blight on the Asian American community, I began to feel like I didn’t even deserve to exist.
That I was an embarrassment to AsAms and that they’d be better off without my presence. It’s hard to believe that a few DMs convinced me to take my own life, but that’s exactly what occurred. Fortunately, I was spotted and transported to the emergency room by a friend.”
The announcement that Wu’s ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” had been renewed for a second season back in 2019 caused Wu a great deal of anger. The actor tweeted at the time: “I’m actually crying because I’m so furious.” Ugh. “F—” and “F—ing hell.” Wu shot back at a user who called her renewal “Great news,” saying, “No it’s not.”
“Fresh Off the Boat’s” renewal meant Constance Wu would have to turn down a project she was passionate about, Wu explained. Even though she said her TV part had become “smooth and nice,” the actress was seeking for fresh challenges, and she believed the new project would have supplied them with such.
W: “It was an eerie moment that made me reassess everything in my life,” Wu writes. To better care for my emotional well-being, I’m taking a break from my career for the next few years.” There isn’t enough discussion about mental health among AsAms.
There is a lot of dodging of the more painful topics in our community while we celebrate representation victories. Most of my AsAm coworkers decided to avoid or ice me out after reading my tweets, which had become a touchy matter in and of themselves. Despite the pain, I felt at the time, I’ve come to recognize the importance of showing compassion and support to others going through difficult times.
Wu concluded her message by writing: “After a little vacation from Hollywood and a lot of therapy, I feel OK enough to step back on here” (at least for a little bit). And even though I’m afraid, I’ve decided that I owe it to the me-of-three-years-ago to be brave and share my story so that it can assist someone with theirs.”
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