Ali Wong has given the public a lot of very personal information about her husband, Justin Hakuta, during the couple’s eight years of marriage.
In his latest Netflix stand-up special, Don Wongthe Asian American actress bragged about her Asian American husband’s accolades: he went to Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard Business School, and he was a Fulbright Scholar.
She also referenced her appearance as Keanu Reeves saying, “I like guys who look as much like Keanu Reeves as possible.”
In 2018 hard banging wife, Wong talked about the couple’s prenup and Hakuta’s income, which pales in comparison to his. Before that, in Baby CobraWong recounted how they met, admitting that she thought Hakuta was out of her league, so she came up with a plan “to trap his a**!”
Yet despite the abundance of Google-esque information about him and the two’s red carpet appearances, on the day Wong confirmed that she and her husband were planning to go their separate ways, some news outlets misidentified Hakuta, using mistakenly photos of Asian American actor Randall. Instead, park.
Wong and Park co-starred in exactly one movie together: Netflix’s hit Always be my maybe.
The blunder revived the #wrongasian hashtag on social media and sparked new rounds of ridicule from outlets, including Parade magazine, which has since deleted a tweet featuring Wong and Park.
“Come on! Can’t we spoil the news of Ali Wong’s divorce with Wrong Asian racism?” tweeted Phil Yu, co-author of Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the 90s to Today.
Others joined in expressing feelings of exhaustion at having to point out such careless oversights, which are far more common in stories about people of color.
“In their defense, Justin [Hakuta] and Randall Park were both Asian on the same night this time,” wrote Asian American physician and health broadcaster Esther Choo in a tweet that paired a red carpet photo of Wong and Hakuta with a red carpet photo of Wong and Park taken the same night.
Meanwhile, MSN appears to have made a similar, but somehow worse mistake, leaving Wong completely off the mark and only posting a photo of Park under a tweet that read, “Ali Wong and Husband Justin Hakuta Divorcing after 8 years of marriage, reports say.”
Last month, famous tennis star Serena Williams was at the center of a similar mistake by The New York Times. The newspaper ran a story about Williams’ venture capital firm which had raised $111 million, but mistakenly used a photo of her sister Venus Williams.
No matter how far we have come, we are reminded that it is not enough. That’s why I raised $111 million for @serenaventures. To support founders who are overlooked by entrenched systems woefully unaware of their biases. Because even I am forgotten. You can do better, @NYTimes. pic.twitter.com/hvfCl5WUoz
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) March 2, 2022
“No matter how far we’ve come, we’re reminded that it’s not enough,” Serena Williams responded on Twitter. “That’s why I raised $111M for @serenaventures. To support founders who are overlooked by ingrained systems woefully oblivious to their biases. Because even I am overlooked. You can do better, @nytimes .”
Parade magazine has since published a excuses in Wong, Hakuta and Park and promised to “implement stricter measures in the future”.
He added, “We made a mistake and identified Ali Wong’s husband, Justin Hakuta, as his co-star Randall Park. We understand how hurtful this photo mistake was and the impact it may have. have and we sincerely regret it.”