I like Constance Wu and I like that she DGAF about main public discussions on considerably difficult conversations, like Asian illustration in Hollywood, or normal whitewashing, or how there must be a much bigger backlash in opposition to Casey Affleck. That’s the place we at the moment are that the Oscar nominations have come out. Individuals are trying on the nominations and realizing, “Oh, proper. Casey Affleck is the lead contender for this 12 months’s Greatest Actor Oscar.” As we’ve mentioned, Casey Affleck was accused of sexual harassment by two girls a number of years in the past, and he settled out of courtroom in each instances. Many have puzzled why Casey hasn’t gotten even a fraction of the backlash that Nate Parker acquired, and lots of (myself included) assume it’s as a result of he’s a white man with substantial connections and privilege. So within the month in between now and the Oscars, will there be a sustained marketing campaign AGAINST Casey? Constance Wu hopes so.
As anticipated, Casey Affleck acquired a Greatest Actor Academy Award nomination for Manchester by the Sea this morning. The information served as proof to some that a number of allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to him and a associated lawsuit have been efficiently swept beneath the rug, not less than within the Academy’s eyes (Affleck has beforehand denied all allegations in opposition to him, and settled the fits out of courtroom for an undisclosed sum). Recent Off the Boat actress Constance Wu, nonetheless, shouldn’t be about to let the viewing public neglect the accusations in opposition to Affleck, who’s now being celebrated for his expertise. “Males who sexually harass girls four OSCAR! Bc good appearing efficiency issues greater than humanity, human integrity! Bc poor child rly wants the assistance!,” the actress tweeted sardonically.
In an extended put up, she expounds additional: “He’s operating for an award that honors a craft whose goal is analyzing the dignity of the human expertise & younger girls are deeply human.” Wu calls on voting organizations to acknowledge their function in condoning award recipients’ actions. “It signifies stated committee’s consciousness of the dangerous oversights it might have unknowingly participated in up to now, and the respect and dignity to be taught from the previous, to not repeat it and to not use it as an excuse to bolster the trade’s gross and sometimes hidden mistreatment of ladies.” Wu concludes by acknowledging that she’s been instructed not to discuss the matter: “I’ve been endorsed to not speak about this for profession’s sake. F my profession then, I’m a lady & human first. That’s what my craft is constructed on.”
You may see Constance’s Twitter right here (I’m embedding the primary tweet beneath). I comply with her argument and I agree along with her – whereas Casey Affleck isn’t operating for president, he’s “operating” to win an award. He’s campaigning. And never simply that, he’s up to now forward of the remainder of the pack, I don’t assume any form of “backlash” will undo his lead. But it surely’s nonetheless g—rattling essential to have the dialog, even when he nonetheless wins, even when nothing actually occurs in addition to the dialog. As a result of most girls know what it seems like – or they know somebody who is aware of what it seems like – to be harassed within the office. To be made to really feel small and insignificant and powerless, to really feel like you will have to select between condemning some douchebag’s conduct versus having a job. After all, whereas this 12 months’s Oscars are historic of their variety, they’ve additionally nominated one other recognized abuser: Mel Gibson, who admitted in a courtroom declaration that he slapped his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) January 24, 2017
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