The #StarringConstanceWu trend is challenging Hollywood's diversity problem again and we love it
Last week, the #StarringJohnCho trend gloriously took the internet by storm, challenging Hollywood to reevaluate the tired practice of whitewashing in films and television. And, if you recall, it produced some pretty brilliant artwork.
Now, if you’ve been living under a rock and don’t recognize her (yet), this comedic gem is Constance Wu. She launched to fame last year as the popular Huang family matriarch, Jessica, on the critically acclaimed ABC show Fresh Off the Boat. [And for those of you who haven’t seen the show, do yourself a favor and check it out, like, now.]
#StarringConstanceWu was created by 17-year-old high school student Bonnie Tang, who said she was inspired by the earlier #StarringJohnCho trend.
Tang told NBC News, “When I was in middle school, I developed a passion for acting but I gave that up when it appeared I wouldn’t go anywhere with it since there wasn’t anyone in Hollywood that looked like me, especially on promotional posters for these blockbuster films.”
[You can go ahead and cry now, it’s okay. We’ll wait.]
Thanks to Tang’s brilliant idea, her hashtag has now gone on to inspire other artists to reimagine popular Hollywood film posters featuring the Fresh Off the Boat superstar. And the results are wonderful.
And there’s even a beautiful combination of both hashtags…
[P.S., can someone please, please make this happen?!]
The good news is, it looks like Tang’s trend is already starting to make a splash in Hollywood. Superstar director and champion of diversity Ava Duvernay has already gotten behind the hashtag:
And what are Constance’s thoughts on the trend? Well, at the very least, it’s putting a smile on her face…
…and, frankly, ours too.