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Actress Constance Wu returned to Twitter on Thursday (Jul 14) after a three-year absence sparked by backlash from some “careless tweets.”
In her tweet, she wrote that the backlash had been so intense that she tried to commit suicide, however “fortunately” a good friend discovered her and introduced her to the emergency room.
The actress, who performed the lead position in 2018’s summer time blockbuster Loopy Wealthy Asians, has since written a ebook about her experiences known as Making a Scene.
She added that she was sharing her story as a result of she wished to shine a light-weight on psychological well being points, which aren’t generally and brazenly mentioned amongst Asian People.
“I used to be afraid of coming again on social media as a result of I nearly misplaced my life from it. Three years in the past, after I made careless tweets concerning the renewal of my TV present, it ignited outrage and web shaming that bought fairly extreme,” Ms Wu tweeted.
After her hit sitcom Contemporary Off the Boat was renewed for a sixth season, Ms Wu tweeted that she was “So upset proper now that I’m actually crying. Ugh. F***” and “F******* hell.”
And when a netizen responded, that the present’s renewal was “nice information,” the actress tweeted again “No it’s not.”
Ms Wu later apologized and defined that the context for her emotions was that she would lose out on a undertaking she was “actually obsessed with” as a result of her obligations to the sitcom.
However that was too late, because the backlash in opposition to her had been extreme. Many felt that the actress had been ungrateful and entitled in her tweets.
She wrote, “When just a few DMs from a fellow Asian actress instructed me I’d grow to be a blight on the Asian-American group, I began feeling like I didn’t even should stay any extra. That I used to be a shame to As-Ams, and so they’d be higher off with out me.”
This appeared to push her over the sting.
“Wanting again, it’s surreal that just a few DMs satisfied me to finish my very own life, however that’s what occurred. Fortunately, a good friend discovered me and rushed me to the ER,” she added.
The incident brought on her to concentrate on her psychological well being, placing her profession, in addition to her social media presence, on maintain for some time.
“Whereas we’re fast to have fun illustration wins, there’s loads of avoidance across the extra uncomfortable points inside our group…
“I’ll admit it damage so much, however it additionally made me realise how vital it’s to succeed in out and take care of people who find themselves going by means of a tough time.
“Though I’m scared, I’ve determined that I owe it to the me-of-three-years-ago to be courageous and share my story in order that it’d assist somebody with theirs,” she wrote.
Ms Wu’s tweet has acquired loads of help from netizens, lots of whom thanked her for sharing her story, as others could also be helped by it.
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