Jeffrey Tambor has been accused by actress Trace Lysette of sexual misconduct on the set of the very successful Transparent TV series, as well as making inappropriate comments off the set. The alleged incident on the set reportedly happened during the show’s second season — it has now completed four seasons.
It’s the second allegation faced by the TV star, who has picked up two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of a MtF trans person.
Reports The Hollywood Reporter: “The first accuser, Van Barnes, is a trans woman who worked as Tambor’s personal assistant, and whose allegations have led to an internal investigation by Amazon Studios.”
In light of the accusations, Tambor has withdrawn from the series, leaving Amazon and the show’s producer to mull a fifth season without Tambor.
Tambor is one of so many celebrities and others being accused of sexual misconduct these days as more and more woman speak out about alleged abuse by men in positions of power. The outpouring started with the Harvey Weinstein revelations, and we can expect plenty more before all is said — if not done. So far, none of the people accused in the #MeToo deluge is facing criminal charges, though authorities are investigating some cases and may file charges.
So, here are a few questions for my readers:
I have viewed the first season of Transparent so far, and had planned to watch the following three (now that I have an Amazon Prime subscription). But given the news about Tambor and the hostile vibes being sent his way in the media and social media by his accusers and their supporters, I’m wondering if I should watch the rest of the series — or boycott it?
What would his accusers and their supporters want me to do? Would they argue that I should separate the man’s personal life from his art, and go ahead and watch the series? Or would they say I shouldn’t watch anything he was involved with, even if it means boycotting their own productions?
I suspect they would choose the first option: watch the show. But if they do choose that option, then why not bring him back for a fifth season — after getting a promise he will behave himself — perhaps even working his indiscretions into the script?
It seems to be me it would be hypocritical to tell us to watch the first four seasons, and then write him out of the script because they see him as someone who is just too disreputable to be in the series.
And, after all, his indiscretions happened in the second season. If I watch him in that season, I am watching a man who allegedly sexually harassed two women.
I use the Tambor case as an example. Obviously, this can be applied to many of the actors facing allegations of sexual misconduct. Do we boycott every show and movie they have appeared in, as if they are some sort of vile stain on humanity who must not be seen — and, thus, supported — in any public setting? Or do we separate their personal lives from their public works?
What say you?
And I’ll throw something else out there . . .
What if somebody invented an app that could read people’s thoughts? Consider all of the above when you answer that question.
Photo: Jeffrey Tambor. (Credit: Wikipedia)