Ali Wong announces her husband’s divorce


The red carpet was electric lime in 2019 as “Always Be My Maybe” stars comedian Ali Wong and actor Randall Park spoke to reporters and posed for photos.

Some of them would send shockwaves through social media three years later.

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

Both posts have since deleted their original tweets and replaced the photos. Yet their mistake sparked outrage, with people taking to Twitter to decry how the outlets got the #WrongAsian.

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

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

Twitter users shared their own stories of misidentification. Asian Woman Says She Received Wrong High School Principal’s Diploma; an Asian man said he was asked weekly if he “just came in the day before or earlier in the day”.

It’s these blends that leave many people of color feeling interchangeable.

“It kind of makes you feel invisible, because they don’t know who you are even though you’re doing this hard work,” Nicholas Pilapil told The Washington Post in 2019 about the misidentification of his colleagues.

On Wednesday, Parade apologized for the error.

“We understand how hurtful this photo error was and the impact it may have, and we sincerely regret it,” 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 put in place stricter measures in the future to ensure this does not happen again. “

Anger over the blunder overshadowed news of Wong’s split – which reverberated deeply given the comedian often gushed about her husband.

Wong met Hakuta in 2010 at 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 — wearing her signature skin-tight mini dress — joked that she hatched the plan to “trap” Hakuta after learning he was dating the Harvard Business School. Two years later, on the once again anticipated “Hard Knock Wife” special, Wong joked about the prenup agreement that Hakuta’s parents insisted she sign. (The joke is on them, she says, because she’s the breadwinner.)

While Wong’s jokes can be sexually explicit and crude, they are laced with honesty about the difficulties of balancing a career with marriage and motherhood. Often, she pointed out the unequal expectations that are placed on women.

“My husband changes his diapers from time to time and when people hear that [mimics explosion sound] “Oh my God, confetti everywhere,” she said on “Hard Knock Wife.” “I can’t believe your husband is changing diapers. What a passionate modern father. Lucky you!’ When my baby girl was born, I used skin-to-skin contact every day to bond with her. She [pooped] On my chest. Where’s my confetti?”

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

Explaining that Hakuta is her type, she said, “I like guys who look as much like Keanu Reeves as possible.”


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