Fringe star Jasika Nicole called one of the show’s long-running jokes “tasteless,” “bullying” and “racist” in a series of tweets on Sunday.
The actress, 40, has spoken of a number of uncomfortable experiences with the popular Fox series which ran from 2008 to 2013.
As well as feeling like filming the sci-fi drama “wasn’t a safe space” for her from day one, the star acknowledged a long-standing joke at the expense of her character.
Harsh time: Fringe star Jasika Nicole claims she endured a ‘bully and racist’ joke for five seasons on the hit series: ‘It Wasn’t a Safe Space for Me’ (pictured in February)
After a fan took to social media to express how much she appreciated the relationship between Nicole’s character Astrid and Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and how he could never understand her name correctly, the Alabama native reported her problem with the joke.
“As a black woman with a name that whites seem to find incredibly difficult to pronounce, sometimes knowingly using the wrong name for me, I always thought that was a pretty tasteless joke and hated that she had it. lasted the show’s 5 seasons, ‘she wrote last month.
She then told the fan, who apologized, that “most white people don’t do things to intentionally hurt POC’s feelings” and thanked fans for listening and working to become more “aware.”
Fury: After a fan took to social media to express how much she appreciated the relationship between Nicole’s character, Astrid and Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and how he could never get her name correctly , the Alabama native reported her issue with the joke
Opening: In addition to feeling like filming the sci-fi drama “wasn’t a safe space” for her from day one, the 40-year-old actress admitted to a long-standing joke at the expense of her. character
This exchange got her to expand on the joke further and highlighted how “strange” it was for the conversation to gain momentum after being vocal “for years.”
She then repeated that she had never blamed her co-star, Noble, as’he was just delivering the lines that had been written for him.
“It actually took a while for me to recognize how the joke upset me,” she tweeted. “Spending a lifetime of trying to fit in and laughing WITH white children instead of making each other laugh AT was a coping mechanism that followed me into adulthood. ”
Tweeting: In a series of tweets on Sunday, she addressed one of the show’s problematic jokes, which she called “tasteless”, “harassing” and “racist”
She continued, “But once I * could * express how frustrating the joke was, there was nothing I could do with it – the show was not a safe space for me, literally from my first day on. the tray.
Although the other six cast members got caught on the job, she alleged that she was told she wouldn’t be getting a ride, although this is “usual for regulars of the show.”
“The producer told me I was wrong, they weren’t getting driven, even though I watched the actors get out of the transport van every morning,” she noted. “I thought I was losing my mind.
More than just a joke: Although the other six members of her cast were said to have been taken to work, she revealed that she was told she would not be doing rides, which is “customary for regulars in the area. series ”.
She then described having “begged” her officers to believe her and not understand why she was “left out”.
“I took an hour and a half on the subway to get to work every day for weeks, then walked ten minutes to the studio as the van pulled up next to me, my casting mates. in tow, ”she recalls.
Once this producer was fired, she revealed that she “started to be driven like everyone else”.
Unfair treatment: Sadly, she found that the incident “set the stage for being treated differently from everyone else”
Unfortunately, she believes the incident “set the stage for being treated differently from others.”
“We have had directors (in the plural) who refused to understand my name correctly. One insisted on referring to me as ‘you’, ‘that one’ and pointing the finger at me to give me direction, ”she told supporters.
Further, she wrote that “someone just refused to try to say my name correctly and called me anything they could think of except Jasika.”
In a bid to help his co-star, the show’s main man attempted to intervene by wearing a label with the phonetic spelling of his name, as he knew the director would “watch out for him.”
“Josh was trying to use his power / influence for good,” she said. “Still not worked.
As to why she didn’t speak on set, at the time, she “didn’t feel valued enough to think anyone would care.”
Fringe days: She clarified that while “the initial spirit of the joke” was an indicator of Dr. Walter Bishop’s sanity, she speculated that Noble’s character was becoming more “grounded in the present” than the jokes “s. ‘would turn off after the first few episodes. ‘
She clarified that if “the initial spirit of the joke was an indicator of Dr. Walter Bishop’s sanity,” she surmised that Noble’s character was becoming more “grounded in the present,” he “would die out after the first episodes ”.
However, when it didn’t, which took the joke “away from him being unable to remember Astrid’s name because he was fully aware of who she was and was teasing her just for fun.” “
“THIS part has become intimidating and racist,” she concluded.
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Jasika has since worked on ABC’s The Good Doctor, but it was recently announced that she may not be returning as a series regular.
New role: She worked on ABC’s The Good Doctor, but it was recently announced that she may not be returning as a series regular