I really have to hand it to Alec Baldwin: the man has an incredible talent for making bad situations worse. Every time he says something inappropriate, or attacks a paparazzo, he manages to make himself look like even more of a jerk by saying more inappropriate things.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, because this is just how Alec rolls. But still, I hoped that maybe the cancellation of his show over his use of a gay slur would have inspired him to be silent. Just for a little while. Nope, not a chance. Alec has more to say! He wants us all to know that his MSNBC show got cancelled not because he’s a bigot and it had horrible ratings, but because of all those fundamentalist gays out there. You know, the ones who wield so much power and never face discrimination or ignorance or anything like that. Here’s what he said to Gothamist:
“But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show.”
Right, Alec, ok. Maybe we would believe that people were out to get you if you didn’t have a history of using gay slurs when you get upset. Being liberal and supporting marriage equality don’t give you an “I’m not a bigot” pass.
Andrew Sullivan, an author, editor, and commentator, hasn’t commented on Alec’s rant. But Andrew Sullivan, GLAAD’s VP of Communications, had this to say to Joe.My.God:
“I consider GLAAD’s campaigns to end the Boy Scout of America’s ban on gay scouts, raise national visibility of the violence and inequality facing transgender people, and battling for marriage equality to be among my ‘greatest triumphs.’”
That’s a more dignified response than Alec Baldwin has ever deserved. Sorry not sorry, Alec. Enjoy your time off. Maybe you can use it to do more thinking and less talking?