AceShowbiz - Amber Tamblyn wanted people to stop "dragging" her husband David Cross over his alleged racist encounter with actress/comedianne Charlyne Yi. "He said he was sorry, publicly, several times," the actress was being defensive before adding, "Please don't @ me in conversations dragging my husband. Thanks."
"I spoke to @charlyne_yi and her feelings/safety are all that matter to me. We're good. I owe you nothing, Twitter. You're lucky to have me," she retorted in a couple more tweets. "I'll say it again. I spoke to Charlyne. I believe her. I'm about HER feelings/emotional health right now, not Twitter's. That okay with you?"
David Cross faced scrutiny after "Knocked Up" actress Charlyne Yi claimed that he mocked her "tattered" clothes when they first met years ago. "Dumbfounded I stared at him speechless and he said to me 'what's a matter? You don't speak English?? Ching-chong-ching-chong'," she recalled his offensive comments.
David responded by publicly apologizing to her on Twitter but he insisted that he didn't remember ever insulting the female comedian. He also said that he reached out to her privately and talked about "the possibility that perhaps [they] are both misremembering exactly what happened that night." He added, "I am not a racist nor a bully and loathe them in real life."
The "Arrested Development" actor later claimed in a new statement that his racist remarks were meant as a joke, something that Charlyne "did not understand." He said that the offensive comments came from his "a**hole redneck racist character."
"With the luxury of time and critical thought (two things antithetical to Twitter) in regards to all of this I believe I may have figured it out," he wrote. "Firstly, there are two important facts to consider here. 1) I have NEVER said, 'ching chong, ching chong' unless I was doing some a**hole redneck racist character. And 2) I was meeting my friends [sic] girlfriend for the first time."
"So, with that in mind, my guess as to what happened: This took place at a hotel bar in Shreveport Louisiana where we were about to go into rehearsals for a movie," he continued. "When introduced [to] her I must have done my version of a southern redneck character, one which I am well acquainted with from growing up in Georgia, which I have made fun of forever."
"And Charlyne did not understand I was doing my 'welcome to Shreveport' greeting. As well, I had no idea she was upset or I would've apologized to both her and Michael," he added. "I believe that had to be it because I would never knowingly treat someone like that."
He finally concluded, "But enough, I am done with this. And to all the strangers who flood my timeline and even my Instagram (!) to tell me, with very little information and even less context, that I am a racist piece of s**t creep bully a**hole etc... I truly hope, and I mean this from the bottom of my soul, that this happens to you too."