The Fairy Princess had a good day, thus far – her child has decided to become a “Potty Pirate‘!
Before he is 21 years old!
Parents of Toddlers will understand this.
But enough about poop – let’s talk about Mr. Eddie Huang.
The American Dream, right?
ABC kid moved from D.C. to Orlando, grows up in abusive household, identifies with Hip Hop music, goes to college, becomes a Lawyer, stops being a lawyer, opens a restaurant, becomes famous chef, does food based shows, writes a book, book becomes TV show. There is even a clothing line in there somewhere.
Recently though, Mr. Eddie Huang seems to be in the midst of self-imploding and TFP is observing that as well.
with, truth be told, a bit of sadness.
Mr. Eddie Huang seems bent on becoming the most hated Asian American male in America, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop him. He hates Fresh Off The Boat on ABC because it does not include Domestic Violence. Well, OK, but Bruthaman, you sold it to ABC as a sitcom on a Family Block Night – most situation comedies do not include beating of the children.
All in all, he seems to be having a self-admitted crisis, as shown in this article from Papermag:
Huang: Let me ask you this though, how have you dealt with acceptance and success? Because I have only recently been going through it, and I feel like acceptance is kind of the worst shit because you spent your whole life being the underdog.
As TFP is reading the situation, he wants to be rich and successful, but he does not want to be seen as rich and successful, because being rich and successful means….um…. he can no longer enjoy Hip Hop?
He wants to talk and he wants people to listen to what he says, but then when they listen to what he says and they find it confusing or objectionable he is not responsible for what he said because he was not being a role model, he is an outsider!
HE DOES NOT CARE WHAT YOU THINK, WORLD, IF YOU DISAGREE WITH HIM YOU ARE A HATER!
And with “Haters’, one is able to
However, Mr. Huang is de facto a ‘celebrity’ now, so people pay attention to what is is saying, even while what he is saying is geared, essentially to promote his ‘brand’ of Bad Ass Hip Hop Restauranteur. And when you stay stupid sh*t as a ‘celebrity’, people pay attention.
So, TFP thought perhaps she should say a few things….
Mr. Eddie Huang, you are not the only API to ever like Hip Hop…
Love of Hip Hop comes in all forms
In fact before TFP fell in love with Musical Theater, she was ALL about the Hip Hop
However, loving a music and a culture is no reason to be all
You are a guy who grew up in Orlando with Immigrant Parents who became a lawyer.
You always liked Hip Hop, and identified with that music.
You left the law and focused on creating great food.
That won you awards and attention and some food tv shows…
After which you wrote a book and sold the book to ABC.
And whilst on that journey you went from wearing a suit every day to
Very impressive to be sure – to realize that you could parlay your love and identification with Hip Hop into a branding machine. It’s made you quite a public speaker and a fortune.
But Mr. Huang, it’s time to stop being a douchebag.
Sometimes SILENCE is a good thing. Let’s role play –
REPORTER: Mr. Huang, how do you really feel?
FICTIONAL ZEN EDDIE HUANG: I feel really good, and…I have no comment.
You see? Easier than making pre-fab Ramen noodles on a hot plate!
Here’s the problems, as far as TFP can see them:
1. You are trying to sink the first API family show on television in 20 years. Not OK.
2. You are dressing down, in print, the Executives and Writers who believed enough in your story to take a chance on it – even though chances of professional failure were high. Not Ok.
3. You co-opt, in the name of love, a style and a swagger, but then you treat the people whose struggle it comes from with disregard. Especially the women. Not Ok.
If TFP‘s Korean American Husband acted like that, we would have had a visit from his Momz pretty damn quick.
TFP is not ok with this laundry you are airing.
TFP thinks you are struggling with the success of the show – and that is ok, very natural to have ‘Buyer’s Remorse”.
But save that for therapy.
TFP is thinking you need a Publicist.
APIs have the HIGHEST disposable income in America today – and you are a man that they have gotten behind. What happens when the consumers of your brand find it too hard to support you?
No one likes a guy who is rude to women. No one likes a guy that takes what most consider an opportunity for many, and trashes it for personal reasons. TFP remembers when you took on Bill O’Reilly, which is hilarious because in some regards, you are using some of his egregious habits – loudly proclaiming your right to ignore criticism, carrying on about oversensitive people and their reactions to your voice. Who does that sound like?
One supposes either way you ‘win’, if they show stays on, you get to keep cashing that check (oh yes, Children, he gets paid), and if it gets taken off the air, while you lose a check, your swagger with the Hip Hop crowd gets even bigger, because you blew up your own ‘haus’.
One question, is the Hip Hop crowd going to step up when all the APIs go away because you took down their first chance to watch an API family on TV in 20 years?
Are you fully prepared to take down a whole bunch of people with you in the name of your ‘swagger’?
Including three kids that look up to you?
You keep going this way, not even Olivia Pope could save you. (Her show is based on a real person too!)
And the rest of us? The APIs? We’ll all be
So, do YOU, Mr. Eddie Huang, of course DO YOU, no one is telling you NOT to…but Dude, do what you need to to make “doing you’ a bit happier, cuz Homes….you a bit too fortunate to be this angry.