The creator and stars of the Netflix collection Beef are lastly addressing the resurfaced controversy surrounding David Choe after greater than per week of social media backlash about his casting.
Nonetheless, if followers have been searching for an apology—or an evidence for his or her delayed response–they could be dissatisfied.
In a press release to Selection, Beef’s creator Lee Sung Jin and lead actors Steven Yeun and Ali Wong (who’re additionally govt producers) name Choe’s 2014 remarks about rape “undeniably hurtful and intensely disturbing.” Nonetheless, the trio claims the New York artist has “put within the work” to “higher himself.”
“The story David Choe fabricated 9 years in the past is undeniably hurtful and intensely disturbing,” the assertion says. “We don’t condone this story in any method, and we perceive why this has been so upsetting and triggering. We’re conscious David has apologized previously for making up this horrific story, and we’ve seen him put within the work to get the psychological well being help he wanted during the last decade to raised himself and study from his errors.”
Following Beef’s premiere on April 6, viewers on Twitter rediscovered a disturbing clip from Choe’s now-defunct podcast DVDASA, by which he describes sexually assaulting a Black masseuse and brags about being a “profitable rapist.” Choe garnered criticism for the episode when it initially aired virtually a decade in the past. On the time, the 46-year-old launched a press release, claiming that he made up the incident. In 2017, he wrote one other apology on Instagram.
Viewers started resharing the clip final week, in addition to other upsetting comments from the New York graffiti artist. This previous Sunday, author Meecham Whitson Meriweather tweeted that Twitter locked his account after he posted the recording of Choe. Journalist Aura Bogado, who’s been repeatedly outspoken about Choe’s casting, posted a DMCA notice she obtained from Twitter after they eliminated her put up “on copyright grounds.”
Regardless of Choe’s efforts to erase the podcast from the web, complaints about his casting have solely elevated all through the week. Along with criticism geared toward Choe, Beef followers have expressed their disappointment in Wong and Yeun, who’ve been noticeably silent in regards to the scandal. This week, customers seen that Wong locked her Twitter account.
Likewise, Wong and Yeun’s surprisingly terse assertion on the matter—which, once more, lacks an apology—shouldn’t be being obtained effectively.
“Steven Yeun, Ali Wong & Lee Sung Jin can go to hell for this crappy assertion about David Choe,” tweeted Whole Gab founder Sha Hartley. “It is also fascinating how Ali mentioned these kinds of jokes shouldn’t fly, however have a look at her now.”
“So principally all of them KNEW about David Choe’s r*pe “story” & they STILL selected to help him anyway?,” wrote one other consumer. “That David Choe joint assertion ought to have stayed of their drafts,” opined one other. “Their continued silence would have been quite a bit higher than no matter that assertion was.”
It’s laborious to imagine that this would be the final phrase on the Choe controversy, main up this 12 months’s Emmy nominations in July. Netflix submitted the collection for awards consideration within the Anthology/Restricted Collection classes after it obtained tons of preliminary reward. Nonetheless, the unfolding saga—plus, the brand new backlash from this disappointing assertion—may throw a wrench in issues.