Last week wasn’t a great one for Alec Baldwin, who despite his public statements of support for LGBT caused, once again found himself caught up in controversy over gay slurs he seemingly uttered. A video emerged of him calling a photographer a ‘c*cksucking f*g’. Baldwin admitted to the first word but denied the second, although the video certainly seems to suggest he did indeed utter the f-bomb.
Shortly after this erupted, his brand new chat show on MSNBC was suspended and a few days later it was cancelled completely. Now Baldwin is blaming the ‘fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy’, who he seems to think are victimising him.
He told The Gothamist about the controversial video, “I call someone a ‘cocksucking something’, you can’t really tell what I’m saying, and we live in a world in which the phrase ‘TMZ’s enhanced audio’ exists. And then with The Post… there’s nothing you can do when you get thrown in this washing machine, nothing. You know? Nothing. All you end up doing is just defending yourself all day long…
“I dispute half the comment I made. If I called him ‘c*cksucking maggot’ or a ‘c*cksucking motherfucker’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—[GLAAD’s] Rich Ferraro and [blogger] Andrew Sullivan—they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”
Interestingly GLAAD had avoided criticising Baldwin too much earlier this summer when he Tweeted that a journalist was a ‘toxic little queen’, but took a stand this time over their perception of his repeated behaviour.
It also seems Baldwin thought the only problem was with his possible use of the word ‘f*g’, although he has since accepted that ‘c*cksucking’ has homophobic connotations and has promised not to use it anymore.
Once more there’s the impression that Baldwin believes he should be forgiven anything he says in anger, as in his mind it doesn’t count, as long as he supports the right things when he’s calmed down a bit. Is he right? Or is this one outburst too far for the star?