Netflix Is Facing A Boycott After Clips Resurface Of “Beef” Star David Choe Admitting To “Rapey Behavior”
Another day another resurfaced clip. At this point, you’d think celebs would have assistants with the sole purpose of scouring the internet for problematic videos/tweets and wiping them from existence before they fall into the hands of someone with actual morals. Artist, writer, and actor David Choe, one of the breakout stars from Netflix’s new hit show Beef, is being dragged after journalist Aura Bogado posted an old clip of David calling himself a “successful rapist” on his podcast DVDASA (stands for Double Vag, Double Anal, Sensitive Artist *eyeroll*). And now Netflix users are calling for a boycott against the show as David Choe tries to scrub the clip from the internet.
According to The Daily Beast, in the 2014 recording, David tells his co-host, adult film star Asa Akira, a description of touching a Black massage therapist without her consent and then forcing her to give him oral sex. He says, “She’s definitely not into it.” Asa responded with the thought in everyone’s head: “Ew, you’re basically telling us that you’re a rapist now.”
The sound on my first TikTok ever was removed due to a community guideline violation. It’s merited given @davidchoe’s description of this brutal sexual assault.
Waiting to hear why @aliwong and @steveyeun made a decision to give Choe this platform. Silence really speaks volumes. pic.twitter.com/qT6f0cb3AA
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) April 14, 2023
In wake of the unhinged video being brought to light, fans of Beef are threatening to boycott the show because even though he only plays a minor role, he was cast as a result of being friends with its leading stars, Ali Wong and Steven Yeun.
After Aura’s post went viral, she received an email from Twitter notifying her that her video has been taken down due to a copyright violation that David scrambled to file through his non-profit, The David Young Choe Foundation. According to the New York Post:
The wildly popular new streaming series, which stars Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, has received rave reviews and boasts a 98% fresh rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, Choe’s role was called into question online after investigative journalist Aura Bogado tweeted an unsettling clip from the artist’s now-defunct podcast “DVDASA.”
The tweet has since been deleted “in response to a report from the copyright holder,” per Twitter reps.
In the 2014 episode titled “Erection Quest,” the former Vice writer brazenly discussed touching a “black” masseuse without her consent, boasting that he was a “successful rapist,” BuzzFeed reported.
David Choe wrote to Twitter to get the video I posted of him talking about the woman he says he raped taken down on copyright grounds.
He claims his *nonprofit* owns the copyright to the video of him talking about the alleged rape. pic.twitter.com/6IaSXTOeQ1
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) April 16, 2023
This isn’t the first time David got shit for the recording. Back in 2014, about a month after the podcast episode was released, he put out a statement almost as cringe as his podcast. In response to the backlash, he claimed the story was made up. via BuzzFeed:
“I never thought I’d wake up one late afternoon and hear myself called a rapist. It sucks. Especially because I am not one. I am not a rapist. I hate rapists, I think rapists should be raped and murdered.
I am an artist and a storyteller and I view my show DVDASA as a complete extension of my art.
If I am guilty of anything, it’s bad storytelling in the style of douche. Just like many of my paintings are often misinterpreted, the same goes with my show. The main objective of all of my podcasts is to challenge and provoke my friends and the co-stars on the show. We fuck with each other, entertain ourselves and laugh at each other. It’s a dark, tasteless, completely irreverent show where we fuck with everyone listening, but mostly ourselves. We create stories and tell tales. It’s not a news show. It’s not a representation of my reality. It’s not the place to come for reliable information about me or my life. It’s my version of reality, it’s art that sometimes offends people. I’m sorry if anyone believed that the stories were fact. They were not! In a world full of horrible people, thank god for us.”
Ali Wong and Steven Yeun have not yet responded to the situation but they’re probably taking shelter in their PR war rooms as we speak and trying to come up with ways to tell the public that they barely know the guy.