“F My Career Then”: Constance Wu Calls Out Casey Affleck and Asks Hollywood Voters to Stop Condoning Award Recipients’ Actions

Sexual harassers and predators are officially on notice:  The world is done putting up with your b.s.

Following an inspired international calling out by French feminist organization d’Osez le Feminisme, Roman Polanski bowed out as president of the César Awards (France’s Oscar equivalent). The group had issued a statement after Polanski’s appointment was announced, saying they were “nauseated”, and would protest on the awards red carpet;

The appointment of Roman Polanski is an outrageous act to the many victims of rape and sexual assault. We reply that the quality of his filmography has little do with the crime he committed, his flight, and his refusal to assume his responsibilities.”

The director’s lawyer responded that Polanski was “deeply saddened” and would not preside over the ceremony; organizers quickly issued their own statement:

This decision is a victory, a first victory for those who want violence against women to be taken seriously, to create a real awareness of the magnitude and gravity of the phenomenon that leads to concrete actions to protect victims, the conviction of the perpetrators and above all, a real change in education and therefore the behavior of men in our society,”

That’s the crux of calling out the entertainment industry’s tendency to gloss over or completely ignore a sexual predator’s personal actions in favor of public celebration — the more we do it, the more people who refuse to keep quiet, the less accepted it becomes.

In that vein, Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat, The Sound of My Voice) is refusing to comply with advisors who say she shouldn’t speak out about allegations of sexual harassment against Academy Award candidate, Casey Affleck. In 2010, Affleck settled suits brought against him by producer, Amanda White and cinematographer, Magdalena Gorka; exactly why “nobody seems to care” about the accusations and the case is murky, at best, but not everyone is about to let sleeping does lie. After his Best Actor (Manchester by the Sea) nomination was announced, Wu began her Twitter campaign:

She quickly decided 140 characters wasn’t really enough, and aptly explained the difference between the art itself, and celebrating people in a way that sends a clear message to victims — it doesn’t matter what you did, because you’re a great artist.

 

Her best tweet was yet to come, though, because someone in the business let her know it would be best for Wu to keep her opinions to herself … but the actress wasn’t having any of that:

That’s just the kind of bravery we need right now. It’s time for no more acceptance of the status quo, time for us all to stand up and speak for what we know is right; against what we know is wrong. It’s on all of us to be part of the revolution, no matter how uncomfortable others try to make it. So, from me to you, Ms. Wu, thank you for standing up for victims everywhere, and for women.

And … for sharing your bunny.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • KWDragon

    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

    Constance Wu, you are a true HERO! You articulated what I have been trying to get at for awhile now. Yes, it is just an acting award, but YES, it still matters. Acting (and all art) is based on humanity. If you are a bad human who is unrepentant about doing bad things, you do not deserve ANY accolades, only scorn.

    Burn it all down, Ms. Wu. I stand in solidarity with you. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75fd667e05ca8652ca8a81bdb7963eefeccc8dda144e0970adf83644f2686c38.gif

  • emmalita

    Constance Wu is amazing. I hope she has a long, happy and lucrative career. And fuck the industry for continuing to support people like Affleck, Gibson and Polanski without any real accountability or reparations on their part.