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Constance Wu felt betrayed by her community after Simu Liu joked about her Fresh Off the Boat tweets — While the Shang-Chi star offered a sincere apology after the joke, Wu says she still feels ostracized by the Asian community.
Constance Wu has opened up about the pain of being ostracized by the Asian community following her controversial 2019 tweets.
On Wednesday's episode of Facebook Watch's Red Table Talk, Wu said she felt betrayed by her own community after she tweeted her disappointment that Fresh Off the Boat had been renewed — pointing to one particular gala event, which took place months after her suicide attempt. At Character Media's annual Unforgettable Gala, host Simu Liu cracked a joke about her after she was assured that she wouldn't be mocked.
"They wanted me to come 'cause they wanted to celebrate [Fresh Off the Boat] and the kids on the show," Wu told co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris. "At that time, there was so much controversy around me that I was like if I go, people are just gonna want to talk about the tweets. And like, I love my kids on the show so much. I want this to be a moment for them to celebrate."
While the Shang-Chi star offered a sincere apology, Wu admitted that she still feels shunned by the rest of her own community. "I feel like they are avoiding me," the Hustlers star said. "I feel the disapproval but rather than being blatant, the silence of how much people reached out to me before, pre-tweet versus post-tweet. And you can tell. The silence has an effect."
Meghan Markle discusses ‘toxic stereotyping’ of Asian women on podcast with Lisa Ling, Margaret Cho — Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle discussed the “toxic” stereotyping of Asian women in the latest episode of her podcast, “Archetypes.”
Joined by journalist Lisa Ling and comedian Margaret Cho, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle discussed the “toxic” stereotyping of Asian women on her podcast, “Archetypes.”
In Markle’s latest podcast episode, “The Demystification of Dragon Lady,” she broke down the trope of the “dragon lady,” a term coined in the 1930s to describe East Asian women who were powerful, sexual and domineering.
Markle opened the episode by recalling the diverse cultures she experienced while growing up in Los Angeles, noting that “the multitude of Asian cultures was a huge part of that.” “My weekends were spent in Little Tokyo or having iced teas in Thai Town, or sitting with my friend Christina Wong and her parents at a Chinese restaurant,” she said.
Markle went on to criticize films such as “Austin Powers” and “Kill Bill,” which she said presented caricatures of women of Asian descent as “oversexualized or aggressive.”
“The dragon lady — the East Asian temptress whose mysterious foreign allure — is scripted as both tantalizing and deadly,” she noted. “This has seeped into a lot of our entertainment. But this toxic stereotyping of women of Asian descent, it doesn’t just end once the credits roll.”
Cho, who is also an LGBT social activist and musician from San Francisco, added that the “Dragon Lady” stems from the “fantasy of Orientalism.”
“It’s actually a character that is similar to the femme fatale, in that a woman who is beautiful and deadly because we can’t just be beautiful, it has to come at a cost,” Cho said. “It’s kind of like evil queen adjacent, but it’s also pinned to this idea that Asian-ness is an inherent threat. That our foreignness is somehow going to get you. The mystery and the exoticism of it is part of it. And unfortunately, that trope has really stuck to film, but also to Asian American women or Asian women.”
Netflix Confirms ‘Bling Empire’ Spinoff Set In New York — Netflix’s reality empire is growing.
The streamer has ordered a New York city-set spinoff of its Bling Empire series. Bling Empire: New York will follow a group of wealthy, sophisticated and hilarious Asian-Americans from New York City, where the quality of real estate is measured by address, not acreage.
These include Dorothy Wang, who was a cast member of Bling Empire season two.
The news comes ahead of the third season of Bling Empire, which launches on October 5.
The original Bling Empire series launched in 2021 and was set in Los Angeles. The second season launched in May 2022.
The series is produced by Jeff Jenkins Productions with Jenkins, Russell Jay-Staglik, Elise Chung, Lenid Rolov, Ross Weintraub, and Reinout Oerlemans exec producing.
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