One of the many great movies that premiered during TIFF’s opening weekend was Call Me By Your Name, a love story between a 24-year-old grad student (Armie Hammer) and his professor’s 17-year-old son (Timothee Chalamet). It takes place in Italy, where the legal age of consent is 14, and it’s getting all kinds of rave reviews. And if you’re wondering why you need to know all this info about the film, there’s a method to the madness. And by madness, we mean James Woods.
Woods, who has nothing to do with the movie, took to Twitter to say that the film “chips away at the last barriers of decency.” So Armie responded in the most brilliant way.
Didn’t you date a 19 year old when you were 60…….?
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) September 11, 2017
That’s when Amber Tamblyn, the heroine of our story, chimed in, backing up Armie’s claim with this gem:
James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. “I’m 16” I said. “Even better” he said.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) September 11, 2017
Gross, right? So James did what any gross old dude would do. He accused Amber of lying.
The first is illegal. The second is a lie. https://t.co/0jD1dvtInC
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 12, 2017
Silly wabbit. Amber wasn’t having any of that and was on a takedown mission.
Calling me liar, James? This is now far from over. That I can promise.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) September 12, 2017
The result was this, an open letter to Woods, which she sent to Teen Vogue. Click on it, take in every single beautiful word, and we’ll be waiting for you on the flipside.
My Open Letter to James Woods by Amber Tamblyn | Teen Vogue https://t.co/7LEzRc8q4M
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) September 13, 2017
Amen, sister. Not sure what we loved more — her words, or the fact that she submitted that beautiful prose to Teen Vogue to serve as a guide and inspiration for its younger readership. Amber started off politely, addressing him with the title of Mr., and the intention to bestow upon him a gift, an awakening, a humbling, a little something she called, “Jesus, I come to thee.” But men like Mr. Woods don’t like to be humbled. And Tamblyn totally knew that. So she unleashed her inner goddess and went on the offensive. “I see your gaslight and now will raise you a scorched earth.”
And she’s not just our hero. So many people have come forward, either with proof, or merely in support of this amazing woman. We might not have wanted to go to Vegas with a 16-year-old Amber (you know, UNDERAGE AND ALL) but this older, wiser, awesome-r Amber? We’d party with her anytime.
Your strength gives strength to all. I honor you. It may seem easier to be silent but it’s compassionate to be ear-splittingly truthful. https://t.co/XgxWOJuXLr
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) September 14, 2017
— Jason Ritter (@JasonRitter) September 14, 2017
What’s powerful about @ambertamblyn‘s action is she no longer accepts the blame. In that way, she frees us all.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 13, 2017
Bringing the 🔥🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/bnIiYf3ShB
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) September 14, 2017
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) September 13, 2017
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve experienced this.
“You tried to make it sound innocent. This is something predatory men like to do..” https://t.co/Av6mkkFxAJ
— Jax (@LeftCoastJax) September 13, 2017
“Creepy old dudes who didn’t think she’d repeat the story, for $400, please, Alex…” https://t.co/iMLMFcyKtd
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) September 12, 2017
Deliciously, massively hypocritically, true. https://t.co/3qiDI3RhXl
— )))David Cross((( (@davidcrosss) September 12, 2017
Dude, if a woman’s going to make up a story about a celebrity hitting on her when she was a teenager, she’s not going with James Woods. pic.twitter.com/3oPVbhBTm6
— mary (@maliceinchains) September 12, 2017
Watch Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet talk to etalk‘s Lainey Lui about their onscreen love: