Amber Tamblyn and David Cross

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Amber Tamblyn believes Charlyne Yi’s racism accusations against husband David Cross

She also asked critics not to hold her accountable for the words of her husband.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Oct 20, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 1:43 pm CDT

Amber Tamblyn has defended Charlyne Yi after the actress said Tamblyn’s husband David Cross made racist comments to her 10 years ago.

Tamblyn, an actress and director of the new film Paint It Black, responded to the accusations by saying she’d spoken to Yi (House, Steven Universe) and believes her. She also asked critics not to hold her accountable for the words of her husband, after people on Twitter started @-ing her about his apology.

On Oct. 16, Yi tweeted about meeting Cross for the first time and how he made her feel uncomfortable with a racist joke. She also pre-empted any “but it was a joke” defenses by saying she knew she was being condescended to.

Cross attempted to explain the encounter—and Yi’s experience—in a series of tweets, saying he was surprised by the accusations and using the hashtag #Rashomon, which was not the best reference. He then tried to put another Band-Aid on his non-apology by stating that he was just doing a “southern redneck” character—which he’s employed on Mr. Show and in his standup—because they were in Louisiana when they met for the first time, and Yi obviously “did not understand” that he was doing his “welcome to Shreveport greeting.”

H/T Jezebel

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*First Published: Oct 20, 2017, 11:43 am CDT