"Beef" Actor David Choe's Rape Admission Resurfaces Amidst Series Popularity

As the Netflix drama miniseries "Beef" continues to climb the charts worldwide, an old interview of one of its main actors, David Choe, has come back to light, causing a stir among viewers.

by Faruk Imamovic
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"Beef" Actor David Choe's Rape Admission Resurfaces Amidst Series Popularity

As the Netflix drama miniseries "Beef" continues to climb the charts worldwide, an old interview of one of its main actors, David Choe, has come back to light, causing a stir among viewers. The interview features Choe admitting to being a rapist, which has sparked backlash and sparked discussions on social media.

The Controversial Interview

A tweet featuring Choe's comments about the alleged sexual assault from a 2014 episode of his DVDASA podcast went viral after the series premiered. In the video, Choe recalled sexually assaulting a masseuse and later apologized, claiming that he was not a rapist and that he told the story in a bad way.

However, the actor is once again facing criticism due to the popularity of the series, and many viewers were particularly disturbed by the statement from the podcast where he referred to himself as a "successful rapist."

Reactions to the Controversy

The revelation of Choe's admission has sparked a range of reactions, with some viewers shocked by his confession and others vowing to no longer watch the series.

On social media, writer and activist Aura Bogado captioned a post, "According to his own telling, the woman David Choe assaulted is Black. He describes himself as a ‘successful rapist.' " In the podcast episode, Choe discussed the alleged assault with other Asian individuals.

The footage begins with Choe saying, “But the thrill of possibly going to jail, that’s what achieved the erection quest”. His co-host, porn star Asa Akira, responded, “Ew, you’re basically telling us that you’re a rapist now.

And the only way to get your dick really hard– is rape”. Choe answered, “Yeah”. Throughout the podcast, the men discussed the alleged victim's appearance, including her race and physical attributes.

Akira was visibly uncomfortable with the casual discussion of rape, and at one point said, "What the fuck is wrong with you guys? Dave’s basically telling us he’s a rapist."

Apologies and Explanations

Over the years, Choe has apologized several times for his behavior and claimed that the story was a joke.

In a 2021 interview with the New York Times, he addressed the controversy, saying he felt motivated to tell the story due to “morbid curiosity to feel an external response to the internal shame I felt”.

"Beef" - A Thrilling Drama Miniseries

"Beef," starring and produced by Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, follows the story of two strangers who are stalked after an incident on the road.

The series takes a thrilling turn as their fight involves their loved ones and families. Despite the controversy surrounding one of its main actors, "Beef" continues to be a popular series on Netflix.

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