#WrongAsian: News media uses false image of Ali Wong’s husband in divorce stories

The red carpet was electrically glued in 2019 when the stars of “Always Be My Maybe,” comedian Ali Wong and actor Randall Park, talked to journalists and posed for photos.

Some of them would send shock waves over social media three years later.

On Wednesday, Wong announced his divorce from her husband of eight years, entrepreneur Justin Hakuta. But when they shared the news, Parade magazine used a picture of Wong and Park from the premiere in 2019. MSN picked it up and shared a picture of the actor – without Wong in sight.

Both publications have since deleted their original tweets and replaced the photos. Still, their mistake caused outrage as people took to Twitter to condemn how the business got #WrongAsian.

“Come on! Can’t we ruin the news of Ali Wong’s divorce with wrong Asian racism?” tweeted Phil Yu, a Korean-American blogger and author.

Park is not the first Asian celebrity to be misidentified by the media. Last year, Letterboxd, a movie review app, shared a photo of an actress, the one identified as Michelle Yeoh. In fact, it was Fala Chen who also starred in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”. In 2019, “Crazy Rich Asians” actor Ronny Chieng called People magazine to confuse him and his wife, Hannah Pham, as Park and Jae W. Suh.

Twitter users shared their own stories of being misidentified. An Asian woman, she said received the wrong diploma from her high school principal; an Asian man said he is asked weekly if he “had just been inside the night before or earlier in the day. “

It is these blends that make many colored people feel interchangeable.

“It kind of makes you feel invisible because they do not know who you are, even though you’re doing this hard work,” Nicholas Pilapil told The Washington Post in 2019 about being misidentified by his colleagues.

It ‘makes you feel invisible’

On Wednesday, Parade apologized for the mistake.

“We understand how hurtful this photo error was and what impact it can have, and we sincerely apologize,” the magazine posted on Twitter. “We would like to apologize to Ali Wong, Justin Hakuta, Randall Park and anyone who may have been hurt by our mistake. We will implement stronger measures in the future to ensure that this does not happen again.”

The anger over the blunder darkened the news of Wong’s separation – which resonated deeply, given that the comedian has often toppled her husband.

Wong met Hakuta in 2010 during a friend’s wedding reception. The two married four years later and welcomed daughters Mari and Nikki in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Her journey through marriage and motherhood is often the inspiration for her jokes.

In her 2016 Netflix special, “Baby Cobra,” a heavily pregnant Wong – dressed in her distinctive body-con mini dress – stated that she had made the plan to “catch” Hakuta after learning that he went to Harvard Business School. Two years later, in the “Hard Knock Wife” thesis, a once-waiting Wong joked about the marriage pact, Hakuta’s parents insisted she sign. (The joke is on them, she said, because she’s the breadwinner of the family.)

While Wong’s jokes can be sexually explicit and gross, they are filled with honesty about the difficulties of balancing a career with marriage and motherhood. Often, she has highlighted the unequal expectations placed on women.

“My husband changes diapers once in a while, and when people hear it [mimics explosion sound] – “Oh my god,” confetti everywhere, “she said in” Hard Knock Wife. “” ‘I can not believe your husband changes diapers. What a loving modern father. Lucky you!’ When my little girl was born for the first time, I made skin-to-skin contact every day to bond with her. [pooped] on my chest. Where’s my confetti? ”

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During her latest Netflix episode, “Don Wong,” which premiered in February, the comedian opened the show by saying that she considers being unfaithful to Hakuta “every five minutes.” Later in the stand-up routine, focusing on the concept of monogamy and the double standards within it, she said she was still very much in love with her husband.

She explained that Hakuta is her type, saying, “I like guys who look as close to Keanu Reeves as possible.”

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