Alec Baldwin’s angry incidents begin to pile up again
Even with his stalker sentenced to seven months behind bars, Alec Baldwin can’t shake his tail: the throngs of media and paparazzi that seem to dog his every step.
And paparazzi plus Alec Baldwin means unhappy Alec Baldwin. And unhappy Alec means headlines about Alec being unhappy. Which make him more unhappy.
You get the picture.
In the middle of all this attention came allegations that the actor had directed another anti-gay slur at a photographer when Mr. “30 Rock” used an f-word — he said it was “fathead” — combined with a dirty word as he walked away from the pap. The Thursday incident was caught on video, of course, and Baldwin was taught a lesson shortly after about the other word he used.
“Rich Ferraro from @glaad informs me that ... is an anti-gay epithet,” Baldwin tweeted. (The tweet has since been deleted.) “In which case I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary.”
Anderson Cooper wasn’t buying what Baldwin was selling, however.
“Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again,” the newsman, who is gay, tweeted early Friday. “How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?”
Cooper then told a Twitter commenter he wasn’t asking Baldwin to apologize for what he’d said but wondered why the actor would say something and then “repeatedly lie about it afterwards.”
“Just read Alec Baldwin’s latest excuses,” Cooper wrote. “They are actually so ridiculous they are funny.”
Less amusing were Baldwin’s multiple run-ins with the media on Friday, which were documented by TMZ. He reportedly threatened and insulted one reporter, shoved a photographer and got up in the face of another reporter whom his wife Hilaria said almost hit her with a microphone the day before. Then he bumped into a parked car with his own ride as he tried to leave.
All in all, a lousy couple of days for a touchy guy.
[Update, 5:25 p.m. Nov. 15: And it just got worse. Baldwin and his weekly MSNBC show, which airs on Friday nights, have been suspended for two weeks, the actor said in an apology for his language posted on the news channel’s website.
“What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable,” he said. “Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support.”]
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