The internet is coming out in support of Jessica Walter after Jason Bateman defended Jeffrey Tambor regarding the sexual harassment claims against him. As it was previously reported, Jeffrey allegedly screamed at Jessica Walter enough to make her cry.
During an interview with the New York Times, Walter claimed Jeffrey “verbally harassed her” and Tambor was in the same room as she said that to reporters.
According to Walter, Tambor “profusely apologized” and said she was a “walking acting lesson.” According to Bateman, “difficult” people to work within the industry are the norm, and it’s a part of having a job in the industry.
He said, “it’s a weird thing, and it’s a breeding ground for atypical behavior and certain people have certain processes.” According to the publication, Jessica has tried to forgive Jeffrey for yelling at her.
Minimizing and normalizing everyday abuse is how we got to the moment we’re in right now. Changing the culture requires more than firing a few men. It requires asking why Jason Bateman feels the need to imply that verbal abuse is just something *everyone* does on set
— Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) May 23, 2018
Tambor, 73, is still going through accusations of misconduct, following Netflix’s dismissal of him from Amazon’s “Transparent” in February of this year. A former assistant accused him of sexual harassment.
In response to Jason’s statement in defense of the actor, many social media critics – although mostly verified users who work for publications like The Huffington Post – came out to support Walter and accuse Bateman of perpetuating a harmful climate in which to work.
For the most part, social media critics accused Jeffrey of being a bully to Walter and claimed his behavior is a symptom of a “diseased culture.” However, other social media users were less sympathetic, with some claiming that it’s kind of sad and meek that someone could be affected so strongly by another person raising their voice.
One person wrote, “sometimes situations get really heated, and people have arguments on account of stress when deadlines have to be met. Dealing with emotional people sometimes is a part of life.”