MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin Over Anti-Gay Slurs, Heat Is On Hate Speech Actor

Alec Baldwin is now feeling some heat over yelling the phrase

Cocksucking f*g

at a news reporter (not a paparazzi, there is a difference). Baldwin claims the noun beginning with F was

fathead

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.

Oddly, People for the American Way, who have in the past been vocal about transphobic remarks, haven’t said boo about Alec Baldwin’s homo-hating outburst. Hope it’s not because he’s a board member…

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

c*cksucking  f*

issue forth.

Meanwhile anti-bullying advocate and author Dan Savage had tweeted Thursday:

“C*CKS~CKING F&G!” Fathead Jerk Alec Baldwin Screams Anti-Gay Slur, This Time GLAAD Gets Mad

Alec Baldwin is at it again, slinging anti-gay slurs.  He was caught on camera Thursday, November 14, by TMZ calling a photographer a

while being approached for pictures after winning his case against his stalker, Genevieve Sabourin.

Baldwin claims he said

cocksucking fathead

Riiiight.

Me personally, I like cocksucking. I am all in favor of cocksucking. But when cocksucking is used as an epithet, it becomes a slur. Like fucking. Fucking is a great fun, much like cocksucking. But when, if enraged, you call someone a

fucker

it’s not a compliment.

GLAAD stepped up today and called out the MSBNC talk show host and ally-in-checkbook-only. According to TMZ, a rep for GLAAD commented:

Mr. Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice. It’s clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.

In June the actor/loudmouth with anger management issues went on a rage-athon tweeting about journalist George Stark who reported that Baldwin’s wife was tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral:

I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck … you … up.

If [he means I'd] put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.

I want all of my followers and beyond to straighten out this fucking little bitch.

And then he apologized and all was forgiven. Because you know, despite his anti-gay language and calls for violence against a gay man, he’s like, donated to marriage equality and fights homophobia.

Said Baldwin said in his missive to GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, “My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation. My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service.  As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize.”

Baldwin noted his work over the years for marriage equality and said he wouldn’t advocate violence against people for being gay, and GLAAD’s Rich Ferrarro, vice president of communications, responded.

“Alec Baldwin is making it clear that the intent behind his tweets does not excuse his language, especially at a time when there were 11 incidents of violence against gay men in New York City just last month. As we all work to end such senseless acts of violence, allies like Baldwin are right to use these moments to reinforce support for the community and LGBT equality.”

And just because he’s a liberal, an “ally”,  that time he got a  pass and an apologia from GLAAD. WTF?! What kind of ally says

you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck … you … up. If [he means I'd] put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.

Alec Baldwin is not an ally. He’s an angry self-entitled prick. And if an athlete or rapper or a politician had used that sort of language, they’d be soundly castigated the first time and might not have their job. But Alec got a pass just five months ago and still sounds forth from his MSNBC bully pulpit. But despite his highly publicized donations to the theatre and arts via his Capital One ads, he couldn’t figure out a way to insult a photographer without using homo-hating words.  Maybe he needs a refresher course from Shakespeare:

such bugs and goblins in my life
frothy pox-marked giglet

villainous whoreson measle
thou puny ill-breeding coxcomb
flesh monger, a fool, and a coward
clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch

Baldwin shouldn’t get out of this (again) by throwing out a nice apology and giving some cash to an LGBT cause. That’s rich white limousine liberal BS.

Oh I’ll just write a check and people will forgive me. Because I give so much and am such shining of being coolness because I  give money. And look, I’m on MSNBC.

NO fucking way, Alec (and btw, your MSNBC show is free fall fail). This time, don’t write a check. Show you actually care, open you heart and mind instead of your wallet: Go do some community service at an LGBT youth shelter. And when you’re done with that, spend some time at an HIV hospice. Show some sincerity, develop some compassion.

Baldwin tweeted out the following afterwards, then cleaned his Twitterfeed. Coward:

 

Emmys: FOX Cut Alec Baldwin Phone Hack Gag, Actor Reacts

 

For the Emmy’s opening number, Fox News trimmed a skit featutring Alec Baldwin playing a  television executive because the bit referenced Rupert Murdoch and the NewCorp hacking scandal. The joke was pre-approved by producers. Baldwin then removed himself from the skit itself–Leonard Nimoy replaced him– when the joke was snipped, writing today:

A couple of days later, I was informed that the producers had been told by some Fox entity that the joke had to be cut. I then asked that the entire piece be omitted, as I felt the joke was, perhaps, the funniest thing in it.

Baldwin was not at the awards ceremony; he had commited to hosting  a benefit  in New York to  honor Tony Bennett’s on the singer’s 85th birthday.

Leonard Nimoy replaced Baldwin in the censored piece, which omitted the television executive asking if Rupert Murdoch was listening to the call.  A Fox spokesperson told Deadline.com

they said they made the decision not because the joke involved Murdoch but because they take the phone-hacking allegations very seriously and did not want to be seen as making light of them.

Baldwin tweeted Sunday:

If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked phones of families of innocent crime victims purely 4 profit, I’d want that 2 go away, 2.

In his Huffington Post piece, Baldwin had even stronger words for Fox and its parent News Corp

I suppose I am accustomed to a different experience, having worked on 30 Rock for so long, where we have been given the license to skewer the General Electric corporate culture without interference from GE. GE was nothing but gracious and even appreciative of the jokes.

However, in some sense, I understand News Corps.’ reluctance to include that joke. If I were accused of illegally hacking into the private phone messages of the families of innocent crime victims and doing so purely for profit, I would be eager for that scandal to go away, too.

There have been rumblings of Alec Baldwin running for Mayor of New York City, or possibly  for  Senate seat. Here’s his impression of Congress, based on having testified before both the House and Senate:

Alec Baldwin, Hizzoner of NYC?

Photo of Alec Baldwin by david_shankbone licensed under creative commons

Alec Baldwin is rumored to be eyeing Gracie Manor in a starring role as mayor of New York City in 2013 election. Congressman Anthony Weiner had been favored as the Democratic candidate to replace Michael Bloomberg, who will face term limits in in 2013. Sadly, multiple online philanderings may have shafted Weiner’s dreams.  Baldwin, the star of NBC’s 30 Rock, has said he will retire from show business in 2012.

A “close friend” of Baldwin’s told the Daily:

“Alec said, ‘Hey, maybe this changes the race. The dynamics have shifted.’ The Democrats need a high-profile candidate, and Alec can fill that bill.”

In January on a CNN in interview with Elliot Spitzer, Baldwin (who has been busily tweeting his thoughts on  politics) said he was “very interested” in running for office, telling the former New York governor:

I do believe that people want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class … would like to seek public office.

He also pointed out that guys who went to Ivy League schools haven’t been doing the greatest job running things of late.

In 2010 Baldwin, who once dreamed of attending law school, delivered a speech at commencement for his alma mater NYU  after  receiving an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.  He spoke of the need for commitment to family, self and society.

By the way, Baldwin doesn’t think Weiner should resign.

Photo of Alec Baldwin by david_shankbone, licensed under Creative Commons

Romney/Obama: Alec Baldwin Wonders What’s Missing

On Sunday actor Alec Baldwin commented upon Mitt Romney’s

Ken doll appeal

In today’s essay on HuffPo, Baldwin clarifies that he didn’t call Romney a Ken doll, rather he was referring

to that iconic retail figure to highlight those types that are lean of frame and square jawed, like Romney, who seem to hold the public’s attention more easily.

He ends the essay with

Obama is lean of frame and square of jaw and loves his country, too. Obama and Romney even share some opinions on matters of urgent domestic policy. Yet, in some people’s eyes, Obama lacks something. I wonder what that could be?

Kinda like the old joke about Ken:

Missing something, can’t quite put my finger on it.

?

 

[photo: creative commons, M. Kasahara]

Alec Baldwin Wants Michelle Obama on 30 Rock

michelle-obama-white-house-portrait.thumbnail.jpgConsidering how bonkers the wingnuts went when President Obama appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, imagine the utter freakout they’d have if Alec Baldwin got his wish: An appearance on 30 Rock by the First Lady!  And the plot as envisioned by Baldwin would really make their heads spin and their frothing spittle fly. The star told Hollyscoop:

I think my character falls in love with Michelle Obama, of course. You know, if it doesn’t work out with Barack…

Many celebrities have played themselves on the show, and as Baldwin, a staunch Democrat explains:

The President is on TV every day, all day. So we want to get something different.

Hmmm…Leno is on NBC, 30 Rock is on NBC, Bill O’Reilly (insanely, wrongly and paranoiacally) thinks Amanda Terkel is in collusion with NBC. Wow, maybe the Bloviating Loofah is onto something about there being a vast NBC liberal plot. Bouwhahaahah!


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