'Transparent' Star Jeffrey Tambor Defends Bruce Jenner: "It’s Not Fair...Let's Get a Perspective on This"
"Jenner can do it the way Jenner wants to do it. If he wants to do it making a documentary, then do it."
Jeffrey Tambor — who portrays Maura, a transgender woman, on Amazon's critically acclaimed show Transparent — was one of the Point Foundation's Point Honors Gala honorees on Monday night, applauded for his Golden Globe-winning performance and his support and advocacy for the transgender community.
Before the event began, chatter on the red carpet centered on the topic of Bruce Jenner, who has been the subject of media reports for his alleged transition to life as a woman. While the Olympian and reality star has not publicly commented on the matter, he is slated to give a two-hour, in-depth interview to Diane Sawyer that will air April 24 on ABC.
How does Tambor feel about the media spotlight on Jenner? "I think Jenner has a right to do what Jenner wants to do, and the way Jenner wants to do it. I don’t think we should say, 'Oh, you have to come out this way, or you have to come out this way.' It's not fair," he told reporters before the gala, held at the New York Public Library and also honoring Looking star Jonathan Groff. "I wish Jenner happiness and an authentic life. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — that’s in the Constitution, damnit!"
Of Jenner's exposure to the public, Tambor continued: "I think it's great! I think the more light and education there is about all of this is important. But I think people go, 'Oh, I hope Jenner does it right.' You know, Jenner can do it the way Jenner wants to do it. If he wants to do it making a documentary, then do it."
So does this mean there's an upside to the current frenzied coverage? "I’m not the authority [on that]; I'm just for people who want to make a change," Tambor told The Hollywood Reporter. "We live in a 24[-hour] media cycle, and people love to raise fear and like to raise prejudice. There are really, really drastic things happening right now in the environment, in international relations. Let’s get a perspective on this."