WARNING – This article deals with suicide. Readers should be arbitrary.
After a three-year hiatus from social media, actor Constance Wu returned to Twitter on Thursday to share how she had taken a break from acting and how the cruelty she faced online led to her contemplating suicide. how.
The Crazy Rich Asians the star addressed the backlash she received in 2019 when she tweeted about the renewal Fresh Off the Boat (FOTB) – a movie in which she was starring at the time.
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At the time, Wu tweeted that she was “so sad because I’m literally crying right now. c. F – k,” after learning that the series was being refreshed for a sixth season.
She sent a follow-up tweet, saying, “F-king hell.”
The tweets have been deleted.
And while she defended the tweets at the time, saying she was disappointed about the extension because it meant she had to forgo another important project, the woman on Thursday said. The backlash was far more damaging than she ever noticed.
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“I did afraid to come back on social media because I almost lost my life because of it: Three years ago, when I posted careless tweets about my TV show renewal, it sparked outrage and internet shame that turned pretty serious. important,” wrote Wu.
“I felt terrible about what I had to say, and when a few DMs from a fellow Asian actress told me I was going to be a loser in the Asian American community, I started I feel like I’m not even worth living anymore. That I am a disgrace to the AsAms (Asian Americans), and that they would be better off without me. “
Wu said a friend found her during a suicide attempt and took her to the emergency room.
“AsAms doesn’t talk about mental health enough,” Wu continued. “While we are quick to celebrate our representative win, there is a lot to avoid around the more vexing issues in our community. Even my tweets became such a sensitive topic that most of my AsAm colleagues decided it was time to avoid me or get rid of me.
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“After a break in Hollywood and going through a lot of therapy, I feel good enough to come back here (at least a little bit),” concluded the actor, followed by a message to the Hotline. National Suicide Prevention.
In 2019, Wu told the Los Angeles Times that she reacted to her show’s renewal with anger because she “had this hot moment that made me feel uncomfortable having to give up a job.” something that I have been looking forward to and have been pursuing for a while . “
She also said she was surprised that the tweets caused such a stir.
“I don’t beat myself up for it because I know me,” she said. “But I don’t think I realize that people are paying much attention to my Twitter.”
She also released a statement at the time, trying to explain in depth why she was upset.
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Wu offered a more in-depth explanation for her outburst in a statement.
“I love FOTB. Yesterday I was temporarily upset not because I hated the show but (because) its renewal meant that I had to give up on another project I was really passionate about. So my frantic social media replies were about that other project, not about FOTB,” the actress wrote in a statement posted on Twitter, which has since been deleted.
“But I understand how that can feel interconnected and can be confusing. So here’s me not confusing it with my truth: FOTB It’s a great program that I’m proud of and I enjoy. I had to fully explore her character and I know her like the back of my hand. So playing Jessica is fun and easy and pleasant.”
She went on to say that she “obviously” dislikes “making a show that is fun, easy, and pleasant. But in general, I always seek artistic challenge rather than comfort and ease.”
Wu explained that she was sad that she wouldn’t be able to work on another project “because another project would challenge me as an artist.”
“Sometimes, even my closest friends are confused about how I might judge artistic/difficulty challenge over success/happiness. But I do. I know it’s weird.”
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Wu says her words are “insensitive to people who are struggling, especially insensitive considering the fact that I too have been in that struggle. I really regret that it wasn’t nice and I’m sorry for that. “
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
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