In a series of tweets, Constance Wu went after Casey Affleck, who recently received an Oscar nomination in the midst of assault allegations, and Donald Trump for his grab them by their private parts comment. Wu slammed the Oscars for considering Affleck for an award after it was revealed that he was involved in two sex scandals. The 41-year-old actor was accused by two women of being harassed and getting unwanted advances as they were working with him on the documentary “I’m Still Here,” which focused on Joaquin Phoenix.
The younger brother of Ben Affleck was dragged into court in 2010 by the two women who told their attorneys that they suffered “a nearly daily barrage of sexual comments, innuendo and unwelcome advances.” Affleck denied the claims and settled the lawsuits for more than $2 million.
The scandal did not stop the prestigious organization from recognizing Affleck’s stellar performance in “Manchester by the Sea.” The outspoken “Fresh Off the Boat” actress said that Hollywood is encouraging boys to assault girls because their punishment will be an Oscar or better yet, the presidency. She wrote: “Men who sexually harass women 4 OSCAR! Bc good acting performance matters more than humanity,human integrity!Bc poor kid rly needs the help!” She went on to add: “Boys! BUY ur way out of trouble by settling out of court!Just do a good acting job,thats all that matters!bc Art isn’t about humanity,right?”
Constance Wu took it a step further by dragging Donald Trump’s 2005 Access Hollywood tape into the scandal. She shared a conversation she had with actor Peter Shinkoda. In her epic rant she said: “Right, he’s not running for Prez. He’s running for an award that honors a craft whose purpose is examining the dignity of the human experience & young women are deeply human. … the choices an awarding committee makes DOES increase the dignity of an award and brings to light to the pursuit our craft seeks to honor. It signifies said committee’s awareness of the harmful oversights it may have unknowingly participated in in the past, not repeat it and not to use it as an excuse to reinforce the industry’s gross and often hidden mistreatment of women. Art doesn’t exist for the sake of awards, but awards DO exist to honor all that art is trying to accomplish in life.”
Many are wondering if race is a factor in Casey Affleck’s Oscar nomination. Nate Parker, who is black, found himself in the same situation as Affleck. He released a great movie entitled “The Birth of a Nation,” a past rape allegation resurfaced, and he was shunned by the industry, no nominations, and no more invitations to award shows.
Some are even asking, is his career over? Whereas Affleck and Roman Polanski are applauded for their work.