Stared Development Jason Bateman has come under fire online for repeatedly downplaying Costar Jessica Walter's thoughts about the verbal harassment she suffered on the set of Jeffrey Tambor. The sitcoms were released Wednesday.
Bateman said of Tambor's behavior towards Walter: "Again, not to belittle or apologize, but in the entertainment industry, it's unbelievably common to have people in quotes." difficult. "And what you learn is context, and you learn about character and learn about work habits, work ethics, and begin to understand, because it's a very amorphous process, this kind of [expletive] we do, you know how It's a weird thing and it's a breeding ground for atypical behavior and certain people have certain processes. "
Costar Alia Shawkat replied," But that does not mean it's acceptable, and the point is that things have to change and people have to respect each other. "
Walter was described in an interview with tears and said," [In] almost 60 years of work, I have never yelled at anyone on the set and it is hard to handle, but I'm over it now. "She also said that she had to" let go "of her anger on Tambor and apologized to her.
However, Bateman repeated his feeling and said, "What we do for a living is not normal, so sometimes the process is not normal, and to expect it to be normal is not to understand what is happening on the set. Not to apologize, Alia, but to be surprised by people who have a shaky way to their goal, their process ̵
Bateman's comments were answered on the Internet with criticism, with many prominent writers and journalists weighed Roxane Gay tweeted, "Why is Jason Bateman so terrible in this interview?" Other critics turned to GIFs referring to Arrested Development to express their consternation.
Nichole Perkins, hostess Thirst Aid Kit Podcast, simply written: "* Jason Bateman from the list *." And several observers argued that Bateman's remarks demonstrated a culture of complicity and normalization that allowed verbal insults and harassment to thrive in Hollywood for decades.
EW has asked representatives of Bateman and Walter for comments.
Below is a selection of reactions.