GLAAD to Alec Baldwin: Knock it off
Again with a homophobic slur?
Once again, Alec Baldwin had a profane public outburst. This time he was chasing and threatening a photographer outside his Manhattan apartment on Thursday. The actor had a few hours earlier won his court battle against accused stalker Genevieve Sabourin (so, naturally, he was in a foul mood). Then a photographer got close to Baldwin’s family, as paparazzi tend to do. Baldwin allegedly called him a “c–ksucking f-g.”
After TMZ posted a video of the incident, Baldwin vehemently insisted on Twitter that he actually called the photographer a “fathead” — which sounds like one of those words that gets swapped into a TV version of an R-movie that nobody says in real life. TMZ’s enhanced audio doesn’t clear things up, but “c–ksucking fathead” doesn’t really leap to mind.
Also, as GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro pointed out to us: It’s not like the gay community is all that thrilled about the use of “c–ksucker” as an epithet, either.
(After we originally posted this story, Baldwin tweeted he was unaware c–ksucker was considered an anti-gay term too and wrote, “I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary … you learn something new every day.”)
If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because Baldwin did a series of gay-slur-ish tweets (ex. “you toxic little queen”) against a Daily Mail reporter back in June. Then he apologized and said the attack had “nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.”
The last time, some organizations gave Baldwin a pass. GLAAD said Baldwin’s language was improper and his context was no excuse, but his tweets didn’t reflect his “history of actively supporting LGBT equality.”
Capital One let Baldwin continue shilling credit cards on conveyor belts in TV ads.
And left-leaning MSNBC actually gave Baldwin a late-night talk show (to bomb). (MSNBC did not immediately reply to a comment request).
Now, however, GLAAD has decided Baldwin’s I-wasn’t-really-homophobic credit card has been maxed out. Ferraro issued this statement: “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.”
Lot of questions: What did Baldwin say? And is he homophobic, or does he just get blindly angry and says whatever pops in his head? Does it matter? And regardless of what he said, how long will organizations like MSNBC and Capital One continue employing a person who periodically explodes into profane rage?