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Hailed as another win for Asian-American representation, the Netflix film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has been acclaimed as an authentic and beautiful portrayal of a young girl’s coming-of-age. It’s too bad that the actor who plays one of her love interests, Israel Broussard, has a history of posting and liking problematic tweets.
Fans allegedly found some unsettling old tweets from the actor’s account, which included posts criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-Asian, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigration sentiments. Broussard, who plays Josh in the new Netflix original, also liked tweets from President Donald Trump and other controversial public figures.
Broussard’s questionable tweets have now been deleted, but users posted screenshots.
Reminder: Israel Broussard is trash and we're not going to Stan him. pic.twitter.com/lExc3JMexu— Farheen (@RossAndLaura_) August 19, 2018
“Dogs can sense earthquakes. Too bad Japan ate them all,” Broussard wrote in one tweet. According to user Seb_Paradise, the actor posted it on July 12, 2011, two days after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan.
Some users claimed that Broussard was following Trump on Twitter, but as of press time he was not following the president. Broussard also liked a tweet from conspiracy theorist David Icke concerning the Sandy Hook shooting, which some people wrongly believe to be a staged event.
support of trump and the republican party and liked this about the sandy hook shooting. he doesn't reply to people on twitter but if he sees this, i hope his views have changed and that he's been educated on how horrible trump is and why black lives matter. @israelbroussard pic.twitter.com/i4h5K3iqKz— kai ︽✵︽ (@marvelusholland) August 18, 2018
Following the revelation of problematic tweets, some fans denounced Broussard.
Wow, so Israel Broussard is a Trump supporter, anti-muslim, anti-BLM, racist, etc? I am sorely disappointed. I watched #ToAllTheBoysIveLovedBefore mainly because of him. I saw him in some movies and had a crush on him. Knowing that he starred opposite POC actors... pic.twitter.com/UjLPhyfTAU— sherna | wtf covinsky (@swiftiereads) August 19, 2018
me after reading israel broussard’s problematic tweets pic.twitter.com/2h5lylCZNx— Okina Tran (@okinatran) August 20, 2018
No wonder Lara Jean ended up with Peter Kavinsky instead of him.
Kristina Nguyen is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot. She is studying journalism and American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has previously contributed to Orange magazine and Silk Club's QUIET! zine.