Alec Baldwin is now feeling some heat over yelling the phrase
at a news reporter (not a paparazzi, there is a difference). Baldwin claims the noun beginning with F was
and that acoustic analysis will prove he used a self-reflective epithet. Anderson Cooper thinks Baldwin’s explanation is ridiculous and funny. MSNBC is taking the matter seriously, pulling Up Late with Alec Baldwin from their schedule for this week and next. (Not that it really matters, like who will notice? The show has lost 75,000 viewers since its debut last month–a 43% drop from its high of 175,000 watchers. Keeping him on may have boosted ratings, so yanking the program demonstrates MSNBC must really care). Let’s hope Baldwin finds the doors for a mea culpa PR tour closed to him until he does some real work on himself and for the LGBT community. How about volunteering at an LGBT homeless youth shelter and an HIV hospice for a few weeks and getting to know people who are directly impacted by the harsh words you use?
GLAAD’s Vice President of Communications, Rich Ferraro, responded to MSNBC’s decision:
Alec Baldwin still needs to take real action. MSNBC has sent a message that anti-gay slurs carry consequences, and that’s an important standard to uphold at a time when LGBT people continue to face disproportionate levels of bullying and violence just because of who they are.
Baldwin excused his actions on the MSNBC website, writing:
I would like to address the comments I made this past week.
I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.
I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.
Enough with the sorry, Alec. Do something, something aside from revealing you have a gay hairdresser in tragically transparent
Look I have a gay friend
move (and really if you tip well, is that person your real friend, or just a paid one?) TMZ did a follow up interview with the hairdresser, Nick Berrios, and the video is worth watching to the end when Berrios is asked
if it’s ever OK for anyone to use the f-word.
The conflict faced by Baldwin’s paid friend is poignant.
Financial and vocal support of marriage equality doesn’t give Alec Baldwin or anyone else the right or a free pass to use slurs whether in anger or in everyday conversation. The support becomes lip service, donations tainted, the giver’s true colors revealed when words like
Meanwhile anti-bullying advocate and author Dan Savage had tweeted Thursday: