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Constance Wu criticizes Casey Affleck’s Oscar nom as a Trump nod

Both men have been accused of sexual harassment—and both have been rewarded in their careers.


Jessica Machado


Posted on Jan 25, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 3:25 am CDT

Yesterday Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu took to Twitter to voice her dismay that Casey Affleck, who has faced several sexual harassment allegations, was nominated for an Oscar.

The buying “ur way out of trouble” Wu is referring to is how the Manchester by the Sea star reached a settlement in his 2010 sexual harassment suits. While working on the documentary I’m Still Here, one woman claimed Affleck physical intimidated her, sent her abusive texts, and encouraged other men to expose themselves to her in a professional environment. Another woman who worked on the film also filed suit, saying he groped her as she slept. Though Affleck first denied the allegations, he eventually went into mediation and settled.  

On Twitter, Wu went on to call the Academy’s nomination of Affleck a nod to President Donald Trump, since both are men who’ve been accused of sexual harassment and have not only walked away with their careers intact but have also been rewarded.

“Art does not exist for the sake of awards, but awards DO exist to honor all that art is trying to accomplish in life,” she said. “So context matters. Because in acting, human life matters. It’s why art exists. I know it’s just an award but… the treatment of human life matters to me. So I stand the fuck up for it.”

Many online are commending Wu for sounding off. Others are also noting how Hollywood and the public will ignore allegations against Affleck and other white famous men like Woody Allen, but black director Nate Parker, who was acquitted of rape in college, was crucified last year when Birth of a Nation was released.

Wu later took to Twitter to say she was counseled not to talk about this for her “career’s sake.” But that wasn’t going to stop her. “F my career then, I’m a woman & human first. That’s what my craft is built on.”

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2017, 2:37 pm CST