Mar 072018

Amber Tamblyn tweeted that a “Hasidic man in a grey van” attempted to hit her and her baby in a 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,” Tamblyn tweeted. “That woman was me.”

Tamblyn followed up with a tweet saying that her experience Sunday wasn’t an isolated incident.

“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,” Tamblyn wrote. “Any woman riding a bike through South Williamsburg can attest. I hope this guy is caught.”

The follow-up tweet drew an array of mixed reactions, including one which described her comment as “despicably vile, and anti Semitic.”

“I don’t understand your tweets. For someone who is so politically woke, I don’t understand your generalizations of the Hasidic Jewish community,” another detractor responded. “It sounds racist.”

On Monday, Tamblyn remained unswayed by the criticism. Responding to a Twitter user who said that he has “negative experiences in that community” on a daily basis, Tamblyn 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.”

In another tweet, Tamblyn said that she would “not be bullied or intimidated” by those accusing her of anti-Semitism.

“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.

Read the tweets below.

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