The Cultural Vandalism of Celebrities – When The Real Life Actions of Celebrities Ruin Their Art for Fans and Viewers
This piece by Seitz had its impetus in Tambor, but really, it addresses the general concept of actors who are so disappointing or hideous in real life – perhaps a news story breaks that the actor is a child molester, or arrogant and rude to people in real life – and this knowledge makes it difficult for you to sit through the television shows or movies you once enjoyed that feature that particular actor.
The Cultural Vandalism of Jeffrey Tambor By Matt Zoller Seitz
… Tambor [the actor] is far from the first great popular artist something like this has happened to [received negative publicity for being abusive to people in real life]. He won’t be the last. And it’s not on us to either forgive him for it or try to factor it out as we watch his work.
That was never our job. It was part of his job. And he blew it.
I was thinking about all this en route to the interview. I love Arrested Development, but it’s yet another once-beloved work that I can no longer watch without cringing — not because of what happens within the fiction itself (cringe comedy of the highest order) but because one of the key people associated with it has been accused of heinous behavior.
….I had to stop after a couple of episodes [of Tambor’s TV show ‘Arrested Development’] because I kept looking at Tambor’s face and thinking of the abuse that three different people had publicly accused him of, on sets not unlike the one where creator and executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz & Co. make Arrested Development.