Following a nearly three-year hiatus, actress Constance Wu posted on social media on Thursday. She opened up about her experiences with online abuse and how it affected her mental health. Wu claimed that after receiving blowback for a “careless” tweet she posted regarding the renewal of her program, she attempted suicide.
2019 saw the addition of a second season of the Wu-starring ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat.” The actress tweeted, “I’m disappointed because the renewal means I’ll have to pass on a passion project,” later explaining why she was upset “I’m actually sobbing right now because I’m so upset. Ugh. F—-” and “F—ing hell.”
Fans of the show, which at the time was praised for its Asian-American representation, were outraged by Wu’s remarks.
Wu stated in a message sent to Twitter on Thursday: “I was frightened of returning to social media since I almost lost my life from it: three years ago, when I made irresponsible tweets regarding the renewal of my TV program, it triggered indignation and internet shaming that got very harsh.” “I felt terrible about what I’d said, and after receiving a few direct messages from another Asian actress accusing me of defiling the Asian American community, I began to believe that I didn’t even deserve to live. That AsAms would be better off without me and that I was a shame to them. It seems unbelievable looking back that a few DMs managed to persuade me to commit suicide. Thankfully, a friend located me and took me straight to the ER.”
Wu claimed that the incident, which she referred to as a “frightening moment,” made her reevaluate many aspects of her life and that many Asian Americans in the performing industry shunned or iced her out. The actress continued by saying she set aside her job to concentrate on her mental health.
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With the publication of her book “Making a Scene,” the “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Hustlers” star intends to inspire others to speak up and “create avenues to healing.” She says she will relate her narrative in the book.
Wu said on Thursday that “AsAms don’t talk about mental health enough.” “While we’re eager to applaud representational victories, our community tends to shy away from some of the more upsetting topics. Despite my fear, I’ve decided that I owe it to the me from three years ago to muster the courage to share my experience in the hopes that it would inspire someone else to do the same.”
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you need emergency assistance in the United States. Every call is private.
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