• Sat, Jun 29 2013

Since Anderson Cooper Doesn’t Accept Alec Baldwin’s Apology, Well Then Neither Do I

Alec Baldwin New York March 2013

Another day, another Alec Baldwin Twitter meltdown.  Sigh.  After his most recent petulant Twitter rant, Alec Baldwin has offered an apology to the GLAAD community:

“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.

I have worked, periodically, with numerous marriage equality organizations, especially over the past couple of years, to achieve the very rights that gay couples are earning by recent court decisions. I would not advocate violence against someone for being gay and I hope that my friends at GLAAD and the gay community understand that my attack on Mr. Stark in no way was the result of homophobia.

Many Thanks, Alec Baldwin.”

 

Yes, Alec, we understand that you’re vocal about your liberal leanings and in the past, I’ve loved that about you.  When you really want to, you have a fabulous ability to strike down your conservative counterparts on Twitter in an amusing, less disrespectful way.  I’ve even chuckled out loud at your witty remarks.  But this last rant, over a Daily Mail article for Pete’s sake, wasn’t comical in the least bit.  You know who else wasn’t laughing?  Everyone’s favorite CNN silver fox, Anderson Cooper.  And I loves me some Anderson Cooper.  Whatever he says , goes.  Yesterday, he said this:

Now that’s funny!  Because it’s true.  I think we’ve reached the point where Alec Baldwin’s hold-my-breath-and-stomp-my-feet behavior is getting a little pathetic —  which is really hard for me to say, as a big fan of his (and his insanely beautiful daughter‘s, because I’m a creep).  Alec and Hilaria Baldwin spent the last two days bitching up a storm over accusations that she was on her phone tweeting during the funeral of James Gandolfini. Maybe she was, maybe George Stark from the Daily Mail was mistaken.  I’m sure someone who cares enough about Twitter time stamps can answer that question once and for all, but that person surely isn’t me.  The thing I find most troubling (aside from the fact that Alec Baldwin thinks he needs to publicly condescend people not terribly unlike Paula Deen) is that he and his wife don’t seem to understand the whole “ignore the beast/choose your battles” thing.

Look, people only know who Hilaria is because of Alec, for the most part. The benefits she holds, the talk show appearances she gives, the “job” she has hosting for Extra, and her large Twitter following only exist because she’s married to Alec Baldwin.  All of those things throw her into the spotlight.  If you don’t want to be in the spotlight, and therefore subjected to scrutiny for every little thing, don’t participate in any of those things.  Don’t fight every petty story ever written about you, because by obsessively doing so you not only look guilty but you look just as petty. Both of you.  Also? Activating and de-activating your Twitter account more often than Miley Cyrus and my 14-year-old niece combined (when you’re in your fifties) is ridiculous, yes?

Glad I could settle that.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be hiding under a rock with George Stark for awhile.

(Photo: WENN)

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  • MCR

    I suppose there’s no way of getting back to the texting story itself at this point. Assuming the story was a lie (and it was a nasty one) the person who told it has been given a pass because he made his victim angry enough to use hate speech. It seems a common thing that libel and public humiliation are brushed aside because it is so often committed against unlikable people, which many celebrities are.