Sunday, August 14, 2022

Constance Wu tried suicide after tweet backlash

Constance Wu returned to Twitter after nearly three years to introduce her new book, “Making a Scene” and to reveal she attempted suicide after the 2019 outrage. Social media criticized Wu when she voiced unhappiness with her ABC sitcom’s renewal.

“I was frightened to return to social media because I almost lost my life from it: 3 years ago, my irresponsible tweets regarding my TV show’s renewal sparked controversy and internet shaming,” Wu writes in a statement.

When a fellow Asian actor informed me I’d become a blight on the Asian American community, I felt like I didn’t deserve to live. AsAms would be better off without me. Looking back, it’s bizarre that a few DMs convinced me to kill myself. A friend found me and took me to the ER.

Wu was frustrated when ABC renewed her sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” in 2019. “So upset I’m sobbing,” the star tweeted. Ugh. “F—” and “Hell” Wu replied, “No, it’s not,” when a user congratulated her on the renewal.

Wu clarified her words, stating she was disappointed because she’d have to turn down a passion endeavor. She said her TV career had become “simple and lovely,” and she wanted fresh challenges.

Wu’s suicide attempt “made me reevaluate my life” “Over the next few years, I focused on my mental health. AsAms under-discuss mental health. While we celebrate representation successes, we sidestep uncomfortable community issues.

Even my tweets grew so sensitive that most of my AsAm colleagues avoided or iced me. It hurt a lot, but it taught me how vital it is to help others in need.

After a hiatus from Hollywood and counseling, Wu stated, “I feel OK enough to step back on here” (at least for a little bit). Even though I’m terrified, I owe it to 3-year-old me to be bold and share my story to assist others.

Here’s Wu’s full statement.

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