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Amber Tamblyn Defends Tweet About Hasidic Man Trying to Run Her Over

Amber Tamblyn Defends Tweet About Hasidic Man Trying to Run Her Over

Amber Tamblyn is speaking out to defend her tweets about a Hasidic man who tried to run her and her baby over with his car.

The 34-year-old actress was walking around Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon (March 4) when she said a Hasidic man in a grey van tried to hit her in the crosswalk.

“If anyone in Brooklyn near the intersection of Washington Ave and Atlantic Ave just saw a Hasidic man in a grey van try to hit a woman and her baby in a stroller as she crossed a crosswalk, honking and touching the stroller with the car’s bumper, please DM me. That woman was me,” Amber tweeted. She later added, “Thank you everyone for your kind words of support today. We are fine. But this is not the first time a man from the Hasidic community in NYC has attempted to harm me or other women I know. Any woman riding a bike through South Williamsburg can attest. I hope this guy is caught.”

Amber faced some backlash on Twitter from people who felt she was generalizing the entire community of Hasidic people with her tweet. Some called her anti-Semitic.

When someone replied with a similar experience she responded, “I’m so sorry to hear this, Benjamin. And I completely agree with you here and will not be silenced or bullied or intimidated by anyone who wants to twist my words into anything other than what it is.”

Amber later clarified, “I’ll say this once. To anyone suggesting I’m anti-Semitic for identifying a man as Hasidic who hit my daughter’s stroller in a crosswalk with a car then rolled his window down, wagged his finger and told me ‘Watch where you’re going’: I will not be bullied or intimidated by you.”

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  • Hattie McDish

    Completely unnecessary to refer to the man as anything but a man in a van. Calling him Hasidic shows some sort of prejudice

  • KS_in_TP

    She was attempting to identify him. Hassidic men are very noticeable by their clothing.

  • FerCat

    Person would suffice.

  • Hattie McDish

    Thank you, agreed.

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  • Marianne

    I dont think saying Hasidic is a problem. If she wants the man identified, its a way to do it. However, i do think its slightly problematic how she then adds about the community in general attacking her and other people.