Crazy Rich Asians Director Denies Brenda Song’s Snub Claims

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November 21, 2019 | 11:10am EST

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has hit back at Brenda Song’s claim she missed out on the chance to audition for a role because producers felt she was “basically not Asian enough”.
The 31-year-old actress told Teen Vogue she didn’t even get the opportunity to test for the flick, which featured a largely Asian-American cast because, “they said… my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words”.
Song said the rejection “broke my heart”, but Chu has now taken to twitter to deny the allegations, in a response to a follower who shared the article in which Song made the comments.
“??Nope,” he wrote. “I love @BrendaSong and that sucks if anything of that nature was ever communicated. It’s gross actually. The fact is, obviously I know who she is and didn’t need her to audition. I’m a fan of hers! Nothing more nothing less. Bums me out she thought it was anything but.”
After several outlets reported on Song’s comments, the filmmaker claimed producers held an open casting call for the flick, and he “watched hundreds &hundreds (sic) of videos from very talented people from all around the world” during the process – suggesting she could have easily auditioned.
The star has yet to respond to the director’s tweets.

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