The accusation, made in a tweet asking if there were any witnesses to Sunday’s incident, led to some angry responses against Tamblyn and condemnations of the Hasidic community.
“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,” Tamblyn, who was unhurt, tweeted Sunday morning.
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 Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) March 4, 2018
“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,” she also tweeted.
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 Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) March 5, 2018
Tamblyn described herself as “shaken” but “okay” after the incident, in response to followers who asked how she was doing.
There’s misogyny in every culture. That doesn’t mean you paint an entire culture with 1 brush. That’s just bigotry.
— Boo Friedmann (@BooFriedSpice) March 5, 2018
Some Twitter followers accused her of being anti-Semitic and stereotyping Hasidic Jews.“What kind of anti-semitic BS is this?” tweeted Mordechai Lightstone, the social media manager for Chabad.org. “It’s awful for any pedestrian, let alone a mother, to be threatened by an aggressive driver … But bad drivers are bad drivers. I’m sorry but this is an incredibly troubling generalization.”
Hey @ambertamblyn this seems really scary! Unfortunately, linking it to a whole group that already has a hard time is also scary. The trouble is referencing a ‘community’ versus individuals. Note the ‘they’ versus ‘our’/’us’ convo that has ensued. Please consider. Best wishes 💚
— ZED Tupling (@ZEDTupling) March 5, 2018
Actually, it isn’t about bullying you or intimidating you. It IS about how you went out of your way to label the man as being specifically Hasidic. Yes, you’re making the same distinction the media makes when labeling a perpetrator as specifically a Black/Latino/Muslim man.
— Souzou Ako (@souzou_no) March 5, 2018
I am happy u and your child are safe. there are A-hole in every community. but your second tweet is the problem. look at it, and change it from “hasidic Community” to the “Muslim community” or “black community” see how that feel, how not racist it is.
— ((( Kelly P ))) (@sapir295) March 5, 2018
— dinkqwer (@dinkqwer) March 5, 2018
Wow. Nice stereotyping. Not ‘woke’ at all are you? Well, only if it is about white women. Not cool.
— CatCannibal (@LbHelene) March 5, 2018
Others criticized the Hasidic community.
Women are not considered equal in that society. You were holding him up! Not allowed.
— ellen hull (@creativesparkaz) March 4, 2018
What is their problem? Do they have problems with women in general? Or just women walking their babies?
— Dianne Olcott (@olcott_dianne) March 5, 2018
“They really don’t follow our laws or really care. It’s scary,” one of Tamblyn’s followers wrote.
Glad you’re ok. Didn’t see it, but fwiw, same thing has happened to me multiple times in the adjoining hoods, w toddler, and pregnant, w traffic lights on my side. Always Hasid, oft on phone. So bad.
— soumiya lakshmi (@soumiyalakshmi) March 5, 2018
Tamblyn responded to the criticism of her tweets as being anti-Semitic by pointing out that she is married to a Jewish man, comedian David Cross.
Cross was raised Jewish and later became an atheist.
In August 2011, after four years of dating, Cross married Tamblyn. In 2017, Tamblyn announced that she and Cross had recently had a daughter, whose name she jokingly claimed via Instagram to be Dauphinoise Petunia Brittany Scheherazade Von Fünkinstein Mustard Witch RBG Cross Tamblyn-Bey jr.
Tamblyn starred in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “127 Hours” and had a recurring role in the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”