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Constance Wu’s Harassment Claims Highlight a Sacrifice Women of Colour Must Make

 

 

Actress Constance Wu of “Fresh Off the Boat” has recently come forward with allegations that she was the victim of sexual harassment at the hands of a production team member for the show. Wu claims that she was reluctant to come forward with the allegations at the time because of the show’s popularity among Asian Americans.

However, the fact that she did not speak out alludes to an additional layer of reluctance that many women of color have when confronted with such harassment, according to the opinions of several experts.

During a panel she participated in at the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Wu discussed the “traumatic experience” she went through while playing the role of Jessica Huang, the family matriarch, on the successful ABC sitcom for five years.

Before the audience, Wu stated, “I did not want to sully the reputation of the one show we had representing us.” [citation needed] The program’s first two seasons were filled with a lot of sexual harassment and intimidation, but I kept my mouth shut about it for a long time. “And so, as a result, I kept my mouth shut for a long time about it.”

Wu, who received criticism in 2019 for a series of tweets expressing sadness over the show’s renewal, said to the audience that her tweetstorm was a response to several situations she had while working on the program. She had been anticipating the opportunity for a “new beginning.”

Advocates and academics argue that Wu’s words highlight a common problem that women of color often encounter. That problem is the need to preserve racial unity, regardless of the harm they endure.

Harassment charges by Constance Wu
Harassment charges by Constance Wu

The claimed harassment is described in further depth in Wu’s upcoming book, “Making a Scene,” which is scheduled for publication on October 4th. She claimed that she had dealt with the issue uniquely, but she had intended to go on nonetheless.

“I liked working with everyone on that team, and I loved working on that program,” Wu recalled, “but it had the history of abuse that it started with.” “Even though I had things under control after two years, I was looking forward to starting over.”

A request for a response was sent to ABC, but they did not react to it.

Wu mentioned that she received encouragement from her publisher to write about the incident. And what began for her as something she considered to be an “exercise,” she explained at the festival, ended up becoming a part of her story that she thought was essential to discuss.

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