Many fans were perplexed when Constance Wu sent out a series of angry, emotional tweets following the news that her ABC hit comedy, Fresh Off the Boat, got renewed.
The 37-year-old Crazy Rich Asians star tweeted: “So upset right now that I'm literally crying. Ugh,” followed by expletives. On social media, commenters called her out after she reportedly also posted “Dislike” under a post about the show returning for another season.
“Saying 'dislike' to this news is a slap in the face to everyone who works behind the scenes to make your show as powerful and groundbreaking as it truly is. Because the show was renewed an entire crew gets another year taking care of their families, putting their kids through college, getting medical insurance and saving for retirement. This reeks of someone out of touch and ungrateful,” one user said.
Later, she attempted to clarify her tweet, saying it was unrelated to the show’s renewal. “Y'all are making a lot of assumptions about what I was saying,” she tweeted. “And no, it's not what it's about. No it's not … what this is all about. Stop assuming.”
Wu didn't delete her earlier tweets and defended them by saying they were “on the heels of rough day & were ill timed (with) the news of the show.”
“(Please) know, I'm so grateful for FOTB renewal,” she posted. “I love the cast & crew. I'm proud to be a part of it.”
When the criticism didn’t relent, on Saturday, she issued another series of tweet-statements.
“These words are my truth. I hope you hear them,” she wrote in the tweet, attaching a screenshot of a longer statement.
“I love FOTB,” the actress began. “I was temporarily upset yesterday not bc I hate the show but bc its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about. So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about FOTB.
Wu also acknowledged that her previous statements were “insensitive” and that “it’s a huge privilege that I even HAVE options — options that FOTB has afforded me. But if one does have privilege, they ought to use that privilege as best they can. For me — that means pushing myself artistically.”