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'Crazy Rich Asians' Director Responds to Brenda Song's Claims About Being Told She Wasn't 'Asian Enough'

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By Natalie Hunter

Many people are buzzing about Brenda Song's Teen Vogue interview article. She explained that she asked her managers to get her an audition of meeting for 'Crazy Rich Asians.' That, however, is how far along she got in the process. Her managers got back to her explaining that she "wasn't right for the role" and wouldn't be seen by the casting team. She took the rejection personally and said that a paraphrased version of the statement is that she "wasn't Asian enough."

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Many people are buzzing about Brenda Song's Teen Vogue interview article. She explained that she asked her managers to get her an audition of meeting for 'Crazy Rich Asians.' That, however, is how far along she got in the process. Her managers got back to her explaining that she "wasn't right for the role" and wouldn't be seen by the casting team. She took the rejection personally and said that a paraphrased version of the statement is that she "wasn't Asian enough."

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"Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words. It broke my heart," the former Disney Channel star shared. "I said, 'This character is in her late to mid-20s, an Asian American, and I can't even audition for it? I've auditioned for Caucasian roles my entire career, but this specific role, you're not going to let me do it? You're going to fault me for having worked my whole life?’ I was like, 'Where do I fit?'"

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Once word of the article got back to Jon M. Chu, the 'Crazy Rich Asians' director took to twitter to clarify the situation. "🤷🏻‍♂️would these words ever come out of my mouth? Nope makes no sense. I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason," Chu wrote. "The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan. I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!"

Despite the tweet, fans seem to still be siding with Brenda Song on the mater.

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"So you knew who she was, and didn’t give her a chance. So she wasn’t good enough. But the terrible actresses on there were... she didn’t have to be main but could have easily replaced many of the others," one fan tweeted.

"Brenda Song was a prolific child comedic prodigy, up there with Amanda Bynes. She's a fantastic actress. But it's your words against hers. Just because you're typing this, doesn't mean you're divulging the truth here," another fan added.

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A fellow actor tweeted, "Just cause you no somebody played or playin certain roles Doesnt mean they cant branch out

Even in acting school they told us to never tell our true age so we dont get discriminated against

Should always go by talent no imagination for directors /casting agencies more like it"

Even though Brenda Song lost out on the role to Constance Wu, Brenda seems to be doing just fine. She is currently playing Madison Maxwell in the hit Hulu show 'Dollface'

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