What Should be Done About Alec Baldwin’s Ongoing Homophobic Outbursts?

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GLAAD condemned Alec Baldwin yesterday after the actor was caught calling a photographer a "c**ksucking fag" on camera.

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

What follow-up the organization will take remains to be seen….

Baldwin tweeted again last night:

"Anti-gay slurs are wrong. They not only offend, but threaten hard fought tolerance of LGBT rights…I'm grateful to all of the ppl I meet + hear from who recognize that I would never say something to offend my friends in the gay community…1-Rich Ferraro from @glaad informs me that c'sucker is an anti-gay epithet. In which case I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary."

How do you feel Alec Baldwin should be punished for his latest outburst? Do his continued slurs involving gay people reveal that although he's a liberal, he's deep down also a homophobe?

Feel free to make your thoughts known in the comments.

Comments

  1. says

    Baldwin clearly has serious anger management issues. But the fact that his default tirades are always homophobic should count for something. Being an ally doesn’t negate his continuous use of hate speech. We wouldn’t tolerate it of others, but why do we continue to tolerate a clearly unrepentant Alec Baldwin?

  2. Charlie says

    The point of calling someone a name is to offend them, you’re not supposed to do it politely. Name calling doesn’t mean homophobic, especially coming from a strong ally like Baldwin. Stop being such a coc… .. ninny.

  3. Jeff says

    I think Mr. Baldwin has a large ego and insists upon respect for himself however he does not respect others. He has lost my respect.

  4. Lars says

    First: He needs to issue an actual apology, and stop with the insulting explanations. ‘Fathead,’ really?? Give us a break.

    Second: The guy has anger issues, which concern me far more than his penchant for homophobic slurs. He needs to seek professional help for the former.

    Bottom line is that I don’t think he hates gay people. But I’m also not certain that he ‘gets’ us very well either. Not sure how to help him there. Does he have actual friends from the community, who can speak truth to him? That might be a good start.

  5. Fenrox says

    What a joke, NOTHING, YOU DO NOTHING. Except form an opinion on him as a person, then when next he is in a thing, you use said opinion to make a decision on weather or not you with patronize him.

  6. Ken says

    Alec Baldwin is a flawed individual, like all of us are. I wish he would stop giving he paparazzi these gifts. They egg him on so they can make him explode and sell the footage.

  7. Jack M says

    Why should anyone else make a decision on what should be done to “punish” him? He’s a horse’s butt, so it’s up to him to get a grip on his anger management issues. Leave the rest of the world out of it.

  8. Mike in Houston says

    I don’t get the “he’s an ally” bit… What exactly has he done for the LGBT community?

  9. Ted says

    “What Should be Done About Alec Baldwin’s Ongoing Homophobic Outbursts?” Stop giving him a voice. Very simple. Every time he says something stupid, the media sends the sound bite around the world. Totally unnecessary. Pay no attention and he will shut up and go away.

  10. Bean says

    So will he be blacklisted like Isaiah Washington was in hollywood?

    Hell no, he’s a white male. They can say anything they want and get paid twice as much as everyone else for it.

  11. Keppler says

    We have bigger fish to fry: ENDA, marriage equality nationwide, LGBT homelessness, AIDS awareness. If it weren’t for blogs like this one amplifying the offense, I wouldn’t even know about Alec’s latest rant. If he was advocating against us, he’d matter. He’s not. So, my vote is to let him fade into insignificance – which for Alec is about the worst punishment you could mete out.

  12. WOLF says

    I would accept his “apology” this time, but if he does it again, remove him as a donor. Plain and simple.

  13. says

    What’s to be DONE about Alec Baldwin? Just accept that he’s a homophobic jerk and move on. What else IS there to do?

    The thing you have realize and accept is that Alec Baldwin’s go-to insult when he loses his temper is to call someone a “fag.” People who piss him off are “fags” and he apparently doesn’t like fags. That’s his REAL self, not the “gay ally” he pretends to be, so keep that in mind.

    It’s no different that a person who you otherwise thought was progressive suddenly yells the “n-word” the moment a black person annoys them. That’s who that person really IS and all the rest is just window-dressing.

    Deal with that accordingly, either by calling him on it to his face (Twitter) or by refusing to support his work.

  14. johnny says

    I don’t mind being called a c*cksucker that much, but it’s usually not on the street from some famous mean guy who’s cock is not presently in my mouth.

    To me, it’s tantamount to saying “Pussy F*cker” to a straight guy. It’s factually true, but it’s totally not necessary.

  15. Dearcomrade says

    Alex Baldwin should be sentenced to 6 months of hosting a boring talk show every Friday night on MSNBC. It must be as painful for him to do it as it is to watch.

  16. Perry says

    Nothing should be done. He is a good liberal so he gets a pass on similar comments that non-liberals would be crucified for.

  17. UDontKnow says

    Who gives a f*cking sh*t? Last time I heard we have freedom of speech and didn’t live in a nanny state (though Bloomberg has made it one).

  18. Chuck Willman says

    Ally my ass. He’s just another straight guy raking in the cash while trying to “play nice” with everyone. He’s failing…miserably. He didn’t even write his stupid tweet. Some PR guy at his agent’s office did, trying to do damage control. Baldwin in pathetic.

  19. keating says

    This isn’t a one-off that should be excused. This is part of a long-pattern of abusive behavior on Mr. Baldwin’s part. Would MSNBC stand behind (i.e. let continue) a talk show hosted by someone who had a long history of slurs against other, non-gay groups?

  20. Gerry says

    I think we have more pressing issues than worrying about Alec Baldwin’s mouth. When he says these types of things, it just makes him look ridiculous and hypocritical.

  21. Sam says

    I like Alex as an entertainer. He disgusts me as a human being. It’s an odd paradox that I’ve come to accept.

    I think he has a grammar school bully mentality. Not so much rooted in deep thinking or keen sense of another’s breaking point, but rather a quick and violent retort that is meant to demonstrate his anger. He’s not as smart as most give him credit for. He’s an actor with little personal self-control. End of story.

  22. BearyNYC says

    I for one have had enough. It’s been documented since 1992 that he’s been pulling this crap. As we in this country try to curtail bullying, the language has got to go. If it’s in the media, it’s perceived to be given societal approval.

  23. George Cardounel says

    Enough is enough. Baldwin has been given a pass before as he pretends to be part of the Liberal ProGay environment.
    His remarks show how insensitive he really is to the Gay crowd.

  24. kenzbeard says

    If my family was being harassed and I perceived a possible threat to their safety, similar to worse language would be coming out of my mouth. Yes, I’d prefer he not use anti-gay rhetoric but in the heat of the moment he adequately expressed his anger. Did he perceive the paparazzi as homosexuals and lash out at their orientation? I doubt it. He’s old and was raised in an environment where that was once acceptable. He’s not likely to change. Worry about the young who can still learn from the errors of their ways.

  25. Nellie says

    Nothing, because there’s a thing called context. Really, folks, with Russia trying to create a Gay Holocaust and real bigots like Scott Lively out there, this is what we worry about?

    I don’t find this the slightest homophobic and I’m gay since the day I learned the words for “Thank You For Being a Friend”.

  26. chasmader says

    I like Alec. When he tells off a bitchy queen; he’s usually right. Some people don’t like him because of his “tell it like it is” style–I find it refreshing.

  27. Randy says

    If he was an athlete, he might have been fined a significant amount of money.

    He should be “required” (by us) to give $100,000 to GLAAD, and make a speech on YouTube about why he’s doing it (his own behavior.)

  28. jimstoic says

    He doesn’t need to be punished. He needs to be educated. I do not believe that saying something in anger means that you really think that way. I suspect the brain files words in terms of their offensiveness without regard to whom they offend. Most of us have found ways to remove certain words from our repertoire. Baldwin can do the same.

  29. macguffin54 says

    He is an ally and a vocal one at that. I don’t think he should be given a free pass, but I don’t think he should be shunned, either. While his anger issues are well known, gay slurs are not the first or only words he uses. They are just the ones that get the most press on this and other websites we visit. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, as they say. He is clearly negating the good things he does for the community with this type of behavior, but it’s not worth losing such a vocal ally. Plus, it’s not like he is suddenly going to stop believing in gay marriage or anti-discrimination measures just because we are mad at him. At the end of the day someone needs to take him to anger management classes.

  30. E. Carpenter says

    Please note that he only uses the obsolete epithets he grew up with when he’s really, really angry and not thinking.

    When he’s not angry, he has been actively supportive of LGBT people both personally and publicly. For many, many years. He has never been required to do this, he’s done it because he’s a decent man.

    And c@cks%ck#ing, which I have to spell that way to get around the autocensor, is NOT a specifically gay activity – many women are proud of their c@cks%ck#ng skills, too, you know. Mr Baldwin has probably benefited from more heterosexual c@cks%ck#ng than homosexual c@cks%ck#ng, and in normal life would only criticize poorly done c@cks%ck#ng.

  31. E. Carpenter says

    Also, please note that “lousy c@cks%ck#r” or “incompetent c@cks%ck#r” are completely valid epithets, since we all dislike poorly done blowjobs.

  32. Richard says

    People in show business rely heavily on gay artists and craftsmen — and the straight progressives who support them — on every film or TV set and in every production office. Many of his colleagues will shame or shun him. He has disgraced himself within his personal and professional world — and created his own punishment.

  33. jimbryant says

    Wouldn’t it be helpful if Andy Towle gave us his opinion rather than this bizarre fence-sitting schtick that he often performs in relation to liberal entertainers?

    Don’t be afraid to give us your opinion, Andy.

  34. spaniel39 says

    Ok, let;s not all be naive
    if someone pisses you off, you
    may say F**K U or
    piece of “crapola”
    But his ALWAYS have to do with gays
    And C***ksucker and
    Come one
    If he sweared and said the N word
    (Oh, I think he did that too recently)
    Is that acceptable
    No, I think not,
    Used to like him
    MAJOR Anger issues
    Lock him up with Chris R
    for a while
    Alec really is a loose canon
    I’m sure MSNBC is going to have a serious
    talk with him

  35. Natamaxxx says

    You can chose to boycott his movies, shows, etc, but that’s pretty much anyone can do. What hebsaid was definitely ugly, but last I checked we still had freedom of speech in this country, and sometimes assholes say things you don’t like. Tough. No one ever said you had the right not to be offended.