Okay, there’s some beef with one of the supporting actors from Netflix and A24’s collab drama “Beef,” a.k.a. David Choe. It’s pretty triggering and in a whole different low, so, trigger warning.
While “Beef” is hailed as one of the best shows on Netflix and for featuring a predominantly Asian American cast headed by Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, the production team seems to be uncomfortably silent after the controversy with David Choe’s 2014 sexual assault story is brought back to light.
To keep things short, David Choe is currently under fire (for the same thing, again) for a sexual assault story that he had shared in his podcast back in 2014. In the podcast, he detailed his account of a massage, which he later on pushed to what it is known now to the public.
Choe said that he was getting a massage from a biracial Black woman named Rose, and that during the session, he became sexually aroused and started touching himself in front of her. Despite showing reluctance and already physically distancing herself from Choe, he continued.
In his podcast taping he says, “I just start jerking off. So then her hands gets off my leg and she just stops … I go ‘Look I’m sorry I can’t help myself — can you just pretend like I’m not doing this and you continue with the massage?’ And she’s like ‘All right’ and she does … I’m like ‘Can I touch your butt?’ and I reach out and touch her butt and she pulls away.”
Choe also said that he knew that his behavior was nonconsensual, and recounted how he was forcing her to perform oral sex on him. After hearing his story, his co-host adult film actress Asa Akira, obviously looked horrified and said, “You’re basically telling us that you’re a rapist right now, and the only way to get your dick hard is rape.”
Choe said, “Yeah.”
Partly from his appearance in the Netflix and A24 comedy drama “Beef,” David Choe began taking down the videos of his podcast through copyright strikes. This action leads fans of the show to question his past and how he was cast in the show.
Although claiming that this story was false (in the past and is still maintaining it now), it’s no mistake that it’s too detailed to be regarded as “false.” Also, his story has an undeniable racist factor and can even be considered as “misogynoir.”
To define it, “misogynoir” is a term coined by a Black feminist writer named Moya Bailey in 2010 and refers to misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play a role. This, as said by experts, is the kind of “unique” prejudice and discrimination experienced by Black women on the daily.
The Internet says the same and absolutely condemns David Choe for this so-called fabricated story, as well as the production behind “Beef” for keeping silent.
With all the talk about #beef, we need to talk about David Choe & the obscene, unchecked misogynoir that conditions his behavior & casting. I watched his interview & the story he details abt raping a Black massage therapist is horrific & violent, to say the least.
— Bianca Mabute-Louie 雷天芯 (@beyonkz) April 17, 2023
Jonathan Majors completely ruined Creed momentum. David Choe messing up stuff for Beef. The moral of the story is stop giving abusive men passes because they take everybody down with them. We are living in a new day folks will pull their support.
— The Neighborhood Publicist (@nhoodpublicist) April 18, 2023
'BEEF' actor David Choe appears to be filing copyright takedowns for a 2014 podcast appearance of him “joking” that he’s a “successful rapist.”
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 18, 2023
Let’s talk facts.
David Choe admitted on video to raping someone, then claimed he was being satirical.
Steven Yuen and Ali Wong, his friends, hired him for BEEF.
Now Choe is claiming copyright to have the video taken down and has Wong privated her account.
So, if 2+2 is 4… pic.twitter.com/xJlpZg50dH
— Keshav Kant (@MxKantEven) April 17, 2023
“Beef deserves better than…” Are we having parasocial relationships with television now? The production hired David Choe knowing his history. Nobody is innocent in this.
Beef deserves *exactly* what it’s getting. https://t.co/1yJM09tfs8
— Raven Brunner (@raventbrunner) April 17, 2023
look, you’re not a terrible, shitty, scum-of-earth person if you watched BEEF especially before david choe’s actions caught wind, HOWEVER
when you receive new information, move accordingly, and don’t be weird
— momo (@guacamomole) April 17, 2023
— sara jin li (@iamsarali) April 17, 2023
I'm extremely disappointed at how the executive producers of BEEF, which includes Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, have been handling the David Choe situation. The fact they've been close friends with him, cast him, and are now silent (or actively protecting) him is beyond angering.
— wells santo (wants a better alternative) (@WellsLucasSanto) April 17, 2023
I had no idea about David Choe. I watched the entirety of BEEF (and saw weeks of rave reviews) but nothing about Choe as artist, potential r*pist, or anything. WTF.
— dara mathis (@TrulyTafakari) April 13, 2023
David Choe, as in the guy who detailed the way he raped a woman? And then came back to say it was just a misunderstood version of his reality? Ok. https://t.co/qL2yhiU3bG
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) April 13, 2023
David Choe’s description of how he raped that woman is one of most upsetting things I’ve heard and it literally used to be my job to listen to people’s sexual trauma.
I loved BEEF. A lot. But I don’t think I can ever watch it again knowing what he did.
— Kyra Jones (@BlkAssFeminist) April 17, 2023
— Meech (@MediumSizeMeech) April 17, 2023
Shit. Beef deserves better than to be tanked by David Choe’s history of rape normalization. But what he boasted about was grotesque, and if he did it—he claims now he didn’t—it was criminal. And the actions that have been taken since then to stonewall have only made things worse.
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) April 17, 2023
— distressed chic (@fagittarius_jd) April 17, 2023
i was really excited to watch Beef but we can't excuse people working with pieces of shit just because they're friends.
Everyone involved with casting and producing the show most likely knew about David Choe's history https://t.co/P0klYJCiWF
— GÜFBOL (@momfriendissues) April 17, 2023
Btw what I’m noticing from Netflix is that while they’ve stopped posting about the show on the main account on Twitter where more people are complaining about it the beef marketing on Facebook where people aren’t discussing David Choe is still going full throttle
— Lmao gan ma (@rzhongnotes) April 17, 2023
Believe it or not, “misogynoir” has been quite evident in our pop culture. Here are some instances that could probably ring a bell.
- The trial of Megan Thee Stallion’s shooting last December 2022, and her recalling a comment that said she “deserved to get shot”
- Danielle Deadwyler’s Oscars award snub for her role in “Till”
- Chris Brown’s violence
- Some hip-hop artists and their lyrics being borderline misogynoir in nature (Drake and 21 Savage)
While that isn’t everything yet, David Choe’s (disgusting) case is one proof that “misogynoir” behavior is definitely rampant in society. So what if he said it isn’t true? He still “fabricated” his story by using a Black woman as his subject, and obviously, that’s quite uncomfortable and unsettling to hear.
Seriously, why do men.
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