Eddie Huang Criticizes ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ on Twitter

Says he does not watch the comedy based on his memoir
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Eddie Huang took to Twitter Tuesday night to voice his displeasure with Fresh Off the Boat, ABC’s comedy based on the chef’s memoir.

Huang kicked off a series of tweets about Fresh Off the Boat bluntly. “For the record I don't watch #FreshOffTheBoat on @ABCNetwork”.

Huang’s main issue with the show seems to be the portrayal of his life not resembling his experience.

“I'm happy people of color are able to see a reflection of themselves through #FreshOffTheBoat on @ABCNetwork but I don't recognize it.” Followed by: “My only goal was to represent my Taiwanese-Chinese-American experience & I did that. We also proved viewers want diverse content so make it!”

“I had to say something because I stood by the pilot. After that it got so far from the truth that I don't recognize my own life.”

Huang similarly had published criticisms of the show in an article in New York Magazine, saying the network was making his memoir into a “cornstarch sitcom.” However, he did seem to see the value in a show “highlighting Asian America’s coming of age” in the article and at the TCA winter press tour.

The ABC comedy features an Asian-American family— the first Asian-American led sitcom in over 20 years—and premiered in February. It has done well in its run and nabbed a 1.4 rating on Tuesday.

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