Half-Filipino Darren Criss Doesn’t Identify As Asian-American & Twitter Has Lots Of Opinions!

Despite being half-Filipino himself, the 31-year-old doesn’t identify as Asian-American.

He told writer E. Alex Jung:

“No. I think that’d be unfair. I think that’d sound like I’m reaching for the minority card on a college application. I think that would be unfair. Yeah, my mom’s Asian-American. She’s from the Philippines and came here and then married a white guy, and here I am. But maybe it’s because of the way I look. Maybe if I looked a little more pan-Asian and I was put in that box then I would be like, ‘Yeah, I identify as Asian-American,’ but maybe because the obstacles that may come up haven’t that I don’t think about it.But that’s a really interesting question. I’ve never thought about that. For better or for worse, I guess not. But I guess I am. What do you think? Am I? On paper I guess I kind of am.”‘

In fact, the Glee alum thinks it is “nice” that he “[looks] like a Caucasian guy.” When asked if being biracial has affected his casting, he responded:

“No. No. I’ve been really happy and really thrilled. I always say one of my favorite things about myself is that I’m half-Filipino but I don’t look like it. It’s always like an ace up my sleeve of like, ‘Oh really? How nuts.’ So it never really has. I just look like a Caucasian guy, which is nice. I’ve got the multiethnic thing going on. People think I’m like Italian or Mediterranean. No, my mom’s very Filipino. I grew up with a Filipino mom. Anybody who’s grown up in that world knows that’s a thing you share.”‘

After the interview was published, Criss clarified his remarks on Twitter by writing:

Despite the clarification, social media users had varying opinions regarding Vulture‘s piece. Some defended Criss against claims he is denouncing his Filipino roots.

On the flip side, others thought his comments were “disappointing” and “insulting.”

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