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ABC's "Fresh Off The Boat" Tweets Offensive Promo

"You have to be a mouth breathing psycho to make that graphic," wrote Eddie Huang, on whose memoir Fresh Off the Boat is based.

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Less than a week before the premiere of ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, the official Twitter account for the show tweeted the above promotional image for the comedy (which has since been deleted), depicting various cultures through their choice of hats. Executive producer Eddie Huang — who wrote 2013's Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir, the book on which this upcoming comedy is based — immediately kicked off a Twitterstorm, which was mostly a back-and-forth with Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Yang, the father of Hudson Yang, who plays Huang on the series:

Huang, an author and chef, immediately kicked off a Twitterstorm:

.@originalspin @whoismims someone please reverse this @FreshOffABC at least they didn't do the native american with chicken pox blankie lol

RICH HOMIE HUANG@MrEddieHuangFollow

.@originalspin @whoismims someone please reverse this @FreshOffABC at least they didn't do the native american with chicken pox blankie lol

10:36 AM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@lxnro1988 @whoismims @originalspin maybe people are just fucking morons. you have to be a mouth breathing psycho to make that graphic

RICH HOMIE HUANG@MrEddieHuangFollow

@lxnro1988 @whoismims @originalspin maybe people are just fucking morons. you have to be a mouth breathing psycho to make that graphic

10:42 AM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@originalspin @whoismims @FreshOffABC no dude. what are you talking about? how is this "well meaning"? this is flat out TERRIBLE

RICH HOMIE HUANG@MrEddieHuangFollow

@originalspin @whoismims @FreshOffABC no dude. what are you talking about? how is this "well meaning"? this is flat out TERRIBLE

10:42 AM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@originalspin @whoismims @FreshOffABC don't excuse them. we can't straddle a fence forever. this is plain offensive and ridiculous

RICH HOMIE HUANG@MrEddieHuangFollow

@originalspin @whoismims @FreshOffABC don't excuse them. we can't straddle a fence forever. this is plain offensive and ridiculous

10:44 AM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@originalspin @whoismims @FreshOffABC the root cause is hiring people who have NEVER LIVED THESE LIVES and paying them to represent us

RICH HOMIE HUANG@MrEddieHuangFollow

.@originalspin @whoismims @FreshOffABC the root cause is hiring people who have NEVER LIVED THESE LIVES and paying them to represent us

10:45 AM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@chineseguy88 people at studio actually listen to you cause you're a "good chinaman" lol could u please have them take the turban ad down?

RICH HOMIE HUANG@MrEddieHuangFollow

.@chineseguy88 people at studio actually listen to you cause you're a "good chinaman" lol could u please have them take the turban ad down?

10:48 AM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

This isn't the first time Huang has clashed with the powers behind Fresh Off the Boat — in January, New York Magazine published an article where Huang called into question the hiring of Nahnatchka Khan (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23), who identifies as a Persian American, as the showrunner on Fresh Off the Boat.

"Why isn't there a Taiwanese or Chinese person who can write this," he told the magazine. "I'm sure there's some angry Korean dude in Hollywood who grew up eating Spam, watching his dad punch his mom in the face, who knows how to use Final Draft!"

ABC's publicity team was only just made aware of the promotional image after Huang started tweeting about it.

When reached by BuzzFeed News, an ABC spokesperson had no comment, saying that the matter was being looked into. A representative for Huang had no additional comment. Representatives for Khan did not respond to requests for comment.

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Jarett Wieselman is a senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. Wieselman writes about and reports on the television industry.

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