Michael Rapaport is usually on the right side of things and is quick to flame those in the wrong, but his defense of Jeffrey Tambor has him on the receiving end of backlash this time.
As reported, Jeffrey is one of many celebrities in recent weeks to be accused of sexual assault.
Hours after Tambor announced that he was quitting “Transparent” after two allegations of sexual harassment on set of the Amazon show, Rapaport questioned the move.
“How you gonna have a show called Transparent without the Transparent,” he tweeted. “I’m with #Tambor.”
Tambor said he doesn’t “see how I can return” to the show after accusations from former assistant Van Barnes and co-star Trace Lysette, who plays transgender yoga instructor Shea on the show.
The 73-year-old actor has denied both claims.
People immediately jumped on Rapaport’s tweet.
“A. It wasn’t just one person that spoke up It’s two. B. And this bulls–t your pulling is why victims don’t want to speak up,” one person wrote.
Rapaport responded dismissively.
“You don’t know what the f–k your (sic) even talking about at all in anyway shape or form,” he tweeted. “Go to a rally.”
Another fan shot back with a defense of victims.
“I’m disappointed by your stance. Sexual assault is not new, but we’re in an age now where people are realizing how normalized our society has made these actions. It’s f–ked. Please rethink and be on the right side of this and all instances of a person being victimized.”
Rapaport again argued that Tambor had not yet been convicted and that he had denied the allegations.
“I 500% percent don’t support sexual harassment & I 500% don’t support unproven sexual harassment. People taking sides sight unseen. Scarlet lettering Motherf–kers,” Rapaport wrote in a follow-up tweet.
“Taking sides about accusations by people they will never make eye contact with or look up & fact check.”
Amazon Studios has reportedly opened an investigation into Tambor.
Sometimes it’s best to keep your unpopular opinions to yourself.