Constance Wu slams Casey Affleck’s Oscar nomination

Los Angeles, Jan 26 (IANS) Taiwanese-American actress Constance Wu has criticised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for nominating actor Casey Affleck at the upcoming 89th Academy Awards amid his past sexual assault allegations.

Wu took to Twitter on Tuesday to slam Affleck, who has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Manchester by the Sea”, reports

In a series of tweets, Wu expressed her objection to the Academy for nominating Affleck, who was accused of sexual harassment while working on his documentary titled “I’m Still Here”.

Wu said that by nominating Affleck, Hollywood is reinforcing the “industry’s gross and often hidden mistreatment of women”.

“Men who sexually harass women for Oscar! Because good acting performance matters more than humanity, human integrity! Because poor kid really needs the help! Boys,” she wrote.

In another post, she said: “Buy your way out of trouble by settling out of court! Just do a good acting job, that’s all that matters! Because art isn’t about humanity, right?”

“I’ve been counseled not to talk about this for career’s sake. For my career then, I’m a woman and human first. That’s what my craft is built on.”

Back in 2010, two women who worked on the documentary Affleck directed filed lawsuits against him, accusing him of making “uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances”. The lawsuits were later dropped after all parties reached an agreement for an undisclosed sum.