Constance Wu Tears Into The Academy Awards For Nominating Casey Affleck

By Dan MacRae

Manchester By The Sea star Casey Affleck may have been pleased with today’s Oscar nomination slate, but Constance Wu was far from delighted to see his name there. His Academy Awards presence prompted the Fresh Off The Boat actress to speak out about the decision to honor Affleck with a nomination as sexual misconduct allegations hang over his head.

Wu, who has had no problem calling out developments she considers bullsh*t, expressed her displeasure on Twitter. She sees a parallel between Affleck emerging unscathed from these claims and President Donald Trump’s rise to power.

Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu )
Men who sexually harass women 4 OSCAR! Bc good acting performance matters more than humanity,human integrity!Bc poor kid rly needs the help!

Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu )
Boys! BUY ur way out of trouble by settling out of court!Just do a good acting job,thats all that matters!bc Art isn’t about humanity,right?

Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu )
Here’s a thing I wrote during an convo w/ @PeterShinkoda about how Casey Affleck’s win will be a nod to Trump’s.

“He’s running for an award that honors a craft whose purpose is examining the dignity of the human experience & young women are deeply human,” notes Wu.

She does concede that being vocal about the issue could result in backlash, but Wu stresses that she ranks his career lower on the priority scale when it comes to sexual harassment and the dignity of those that report this behavior.

Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu )
Here’s a thing I wrote during an convo w/ @PeterShinkoda about how Casey Affleck’s win will be a nod to Trump’s. pic.twitter.com/FjrRsniS9d
Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu )
I’ve been counseled not to talk about this for career’s sake. F my career then, I’m a woman & human first. That’s what my craft is built on.

As the hype machine surrounding the Academy Awards kicks into gear, the question looms as to whether or not the accusations levelled against Casey Affleck will receive more attention. If Constance Wu has her way, the answer will definitely be yes. Ideally, she’ll succeed.

Should Casey Affleck win an Oscar for Best Actor when he was accused of sexual harassment by 2 women?

Seven years after being sued for sexual harassment, Casey Affleck has been nominated for Best Actor for his movie Manchester By The Sea.

Now he’s in line for an Academy Award, reports on how the Boston actor and brother of Ben Affleck made two women’s lives on set ‘traumatising’ in 2010 are popping up everywhere.

The 41-year-old’s past has already cast a pall over his successes this awards season, including his first Golden Globes win, which may well mark a major Hollywood breakthrough for him.

Though Affleck and his accusers reached an out-of-court settlement in 2010, details on the lawsuits remain public and continue to dampen the buzz around his nominated performance.

Cinematographer Magdalena Gorka and producer Amanda White sued Affleck for $2million (£1.6m) each after working with him on Joaquin Phoenix’s movie I’m Not There.

Gorka said she ‘received near daily barrage of sexual comments, innuendo and unwelcome advances’ and that Affleck crawled into her bed while she was asleep and started touching her.

She claims to have woken up to find ‘he had his arm around her, was caressing her back, his face was within inches of hers and his breath reeked of alcohol.’

The 2017 Oscar nominations have definitely upped their game after 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite

Meanwhile White said she received ‘uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances’ from Affleck, who also allegedly grabbed her ‘viciously’ and locked her out of a hotel room while he was entertaining another woman.

Both women accused Affleck — who apparently referred to the women as ‘cows’ and asked a male crew member to expose his penis to White — of breaching the terms of their contract.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Director/ actor Ben Affleck and actor Casey Affleck attend the 2013 InStyle and Warner Bros. 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party held at the Oasis Courtyard in The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for InStyle)

Affleck, who threatened to countersue, denied all the allegations and nothing was ever proved in a court of law.

Last year he told The New York Times: ‘It was settled to the satisfaction of all. I was hurt and upset — I am sure all were — but I am over it. It was an unfortunate situation — mostly for the innocent bystanders of the families of those involved.’

But in the face of fresh scrutiny over what may or may not have happened, Affleck has been accused by reporters, feminist writers and Hollywood insiders of setting a PR campaign in motion to get himself respect and gongs.

A Hollywood source reckons pressure from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon was felt by him and his colleagues at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to give Casey a Golden Globe.

The anonymous HFPA member apparently told The Guardian: ‘People love him in Manchester and he might win some stuff. People really do like him, no one wants him to be an abuser or anything like it.

‘They both joked that Casey finally needs a Golden Globe. Very much the united front… and maybe that really protects Casey from real scrutiny.

‘Reminds me a bit of Woody Allen – the liberal press loves him too much to want to really look for the truth,’ the source commented.

Woody Allen comparisons aside, the controversy over Casey’s past has been debated alongside the rape allegations made against black actor Nate Parker from an acclaimed 2016 movie, The Birth Of A Nation.

During the release of the film, it was revealed Parker had been acquitted of rape charges in 1999 — and since the reports came out he’s admitted he did something ‘morally wrong’ at the time.

The internet tore him apart over this, and the backlash significantly harmed the movie’s publicity campaign.

Casey hasn’t responded to the comparisons to Parker, though he has continued to defend his own honour and that of his family as the Oscars countdown marches on.

‘I guess people think if you’re well-known, it’s perfectly fine to say anything you want,’ he told Variety.

‘I don’t know why that is. But it shouldn’t be, because everybody has families and lives.’

 

 

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