5 posts categorized "JEFFREY TAMBOR"

May 24 2018
Saved From Cancellation: Is There Any Way For Public Figures Who've Disappointed NOT To Be Exiled? Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2018-05-24 at 12.37.37 PMFreeman & Tambor (Images via Universal & Netflix)

In a widely shared New York Times interview with the cast of Arrested Devlopment that became very awkward during a discussion of Jeffrey Tambor's on-set behavior (he was in the room), Jason Bateman and other male cast members came off as minimizing what co-star Jessica Walter was saying Tambor had done to her at work — namely, verbally harassed her (not sexually) and yelled at her in a way she emphasized was not normal and not okay.

Bateman in particular was singled out for seeming to talk over Walter, and seeming to excuse Tambor's behavior as being a part of the creative process.

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I for one felt it was fair to criticize him for how he came off in the interview, but I was also taken aback by the vitriolic response on social media, which made it seem as if Bateman and the other male cast members, in not coming to Walter's defense in a full-throated way, were as bad as Tambor, with people calling for boycotts of his future work. I felt it was more a tone-deaf response on Bateman's part; it was clear he was trying (way too hard) to smooth things over.

Is there no middle ground for public figures between flawless and canceled? Is it not possible to criticize Bateman, check his response, and go from there?

Now, Bateman has issued an apology, one that seems to reflect his understanding of what he got wrong.

If Jessica Walter can forgive Jeffrey Tambor and work with him closely again and call him her friend, I don't understand why fans of the show (full disclosure: I've never watched it) or just casual observers of the situation can't take a breath and calibrate the outrage. Bateman was wrong, he knows it; he's not Harvey Weinstein.

The same goes for the new revelations that Morgan Freeman sexually harassed women on movie sets and at work. The description of his behavior is gross — lifting a woman's skirt, telling a pregnant woman he wished he “was there” (at the time of conception, ick). The response from many has been akin to the relevations that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist. Really? What Freeman did (the stuff we know about so far) is boorish, it's wrong, it shouldn't be blown off, and that it happened at work makes it, legally, sexual harassment. But is it so beyond the pale that it cancels the 80-year-old's legacy outright?

Is there no way to acknowledge wrongdoing without completely rejecting a person's overall life and work?

I've been thinking about this a lot as a pop culture junkie. Joan Crawford abused her daughter. (And it turns my stomach when gay fans mock that daughter using words that minimize physical and mental abuse, like suggesting Christina was spoiled, ugh.). Joan Crawford was also one of the most compelling movie stars of all time. Charlie Chaplin was a genius as a filmmaker and actor. He also probably slept with underage girls. John Lennon was a brilliant poet and musician. He was probably physically abusive toward his wives.

The list goes on and on and on, and it includes household names who are/were racists, who are/were guilty of inappropriate sexual behavior, and who are/were flawed in very real ways nobody should be overlooking or underplaying.

But if Jason Bateman and Morgan Freeman and others who did wrong or who enabled wrongdoing are canceled, where do people stand on enjoying “Billie Jean?” Why are some icons spared, while others are taken to task, and taken out with the trash?

It is a difficult concept to wrap our heads around — on the one hand, if someone rubs you the wrong way (I despise Roseanne Barr), no amount of cajoling will get you to give them another look. On the other, should offenders be denied the chance to continue working? I think I take a more Sarah Silverman approach — in speaking of her great friend Louis CK, she abhorred his actions but said he should still be able to be an artist.

Keep reading for Jason Bateman's new apology for his ungallant New York Times quotes ...

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Feb 16 2018
Olympic Butt-Grab + Shawn Roberts Strips + Tambor Canned + Mueller Indicts Russians + Liza's Auction + Kenworthy's Bum Thumb + New Trump Affair + MORE! — 12-PACK! Comments (0)

Above: And suddenly, I am a cat lover!

Below: Hands-on bobsledders, hot playlist, Shawn Roberts's booty, Jeffrey Tambor shit-canned, Robert Mueller indicts a buncha Russians, Liza auction, Kenworthy breaks thumb, another Trump affair, Cuomo vs. gan-panic, Matt Palmer's latest, Trump's new anti-gay court pick and Kimmel gunning for Trump's false condolences ...

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Nov 17 2017
Jake Gyllenhaal As Batman? + Rabbis For Moore + Fassbender Vacay + Thigh Master + Jeffrey Tambor Denies Abuse + TV Tip — 6-PACK! Comments (0)

Anigif_enhanced-buzz-9563-1419026715-28I like the proposed new costume!

Jake Gyllenhaal: Batboy?

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Fassbender Unveiled


Jeffrey Tambor, Accused, Denies He's a Predator

Love, Lies & Records Comes to Acorn TV

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Aug 11 2017
6-PACK — John Boyega Is Theirs + 8-Year-Old Bullied To Death + Kid Rock Gains GOP Boost + Pocket Pool + Channing Tatum's Gas Station Boogie + Lesbian Attorney Caught On Tape In Assault Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 4.45.20 PMJohn Boyega is one of the hottest young actors on the scene, thanks in part to Star Wars, thanks in part to how frickin' adorable he is.

Now, even the relatively easygoing James Corden and coma-level unaggressive Jeffrey Tambor are fighting over him.

Don't miss their “The Boyega Is Mine,” and keep reading for other hot links of the day ...

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Jun 01 2016
Gimme Maura: Jeffrey Tambor On His TRANSPARENT Responsibility Comments (0)
Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 12.12.23 PMJeffrey Tambor (

One thing I am now thinking is that Tony Hale and Jeffrey Tambor should play father and son in something funny.

But beyond that, they join Jerrod Carmichael, Anthony Anderson, Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansari and Keegan-Michael Key in an entertaining most-embarrassing-moments roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter.

Tambor touches on the unfunny responsibility that comes with his starring role on the (you must watch if you haven't already) Transparent:

I'm a cisgender male actor assaying this role, so it's a great privilege and a huge responsibility that even in the third season just keeps tapping at me... My motto is do it right. It weighs on me. It really weighs on me ... I'm having these conversations in life, people are coming up to me, and I remember a gentleman coming up to me on the plane, and he was all Zegna'd and cufflinked and coiffed and shoed and everything like that and he [wagged his finger at me], and I went, “Here it comes, here it comes.” ... He put his hand in mine and he said: “You. Thank you for introducing me to a subject I had no knowledge of.” And I went, “Well, there's the revolution.” And I've had the other conversation, where I say, “You can't say that word, you can't talk like that.”