The latest episode of Saturday Night Live saw its ratings drop to a season low with the return of host Kristen Wiig and actor Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump.
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NOTORIOUS hothead Alec Baldwin has openly gay newsman Anderson Cooper all riled up over nasty, homophobic slurs he hurled at an English reporter.
The fireworks began in June when the 55-year-old actor went on a Twitter tirade against a “Daily Mail” reporter who wrote about Baldwin’s wife supposedly tweeting in the middle of James Gandolfini’s funeral.
Baldwin blasted the reporter, calling him a “queen” and a “bitch.”
And that threw Anderson into a fury!
Cooper tweeted, asking: “Why does Alec Baldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a ‘queen,’ they would be vilified.”
A source close to the 46-year-old CNN anchorman added: “Anderson knows that Alec is a pro-gay rights liberal and made those remarks in anger, but that doesn’t excuse him.”
It seems obvious that Alec Baldwin gets pass after pass from the liberal Thought Police crowd because he’s one of their own.
Hard to argue with that, especially when you compare Baldwin’s vile tirades against lesser acts by, say, director Brett Ratner. Something else also could be in play, a factor I’ll dub the Polanski Syndrome.
Director Roman Polanski plead guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl and never officially paid for his actions. The basic facts of his case aren’t in doubt, yet a good number of Hollywood denizens, including Oscar winner Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Jonathan Demme, have rallied by Polanski’s side for years.
One reason is talent. Polanski has oodles of it, as seen in his landmark films Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown. He’s a legend, artistically speaking. And one can’t help but sense his fellow artists don’t want him silenced, no matter what he may have done.
We saw this embodied by Henry Winkler’s comments regarding Kevin Clash, the creator of Elmo who has been hounded by sexual assault accusations. The facts regarding Clash’s behavior haven’t been fully vetted in court–three lawsuits against Clash were thrown out today on a technicality–but Winkler weighed in a few months back all the same on the subject of Clash’s guilt or innocence.
Can you hear it? The stampede of Hollywood actors scrambling to condemn Alec Baldwin? The cacophony of icy tweets and acidic statements snarled by publicists like demented pantomime horses? That din of Tinseltown turning inwards when, in a rare fit of righteousness, of actually believing in something real and heartfelt and important, it stands up, en masse, to one of its own?
No? That’ll be because there is no sound. Put a glass to your ear, press it up against the Hollywood sign and all you’ll hear is the crashing Pacific – and of course, the daily wail of punctured dreams.
Baldwin, that tornado of toddler behaviour, still stands aloft, unscathed. This is after an incident of such violent, naked homophobia that it bears all the nuance of a brick lobbed through a gay bar. On Thursday, perturbed by a now-removed story on the Daily Mail’s website claiming his wife was tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral in New York, he replied on Twitter about the (gay) journalist who wrote it:
“I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck … you … up.”
(For an alleged heterosexual, Baldwin certainly has a keen grasp on the dramatic pause). And then:
“If [he means I’d] put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.”
And, because A-listers are used to having help in all matters, he incited the public to assist in defending his dishonour:
“I want all of my followers and beyond to straighten out this fucking little bitch.”
What would the reaction be if it were racist epithets? Mel Gibson, of course, found Hollywood to be a distinctly chillier place after his antisemitic outburst in 2006, when he reportedly barked at the police officer arresting him for driving under the influence:
“Fucking Jews … the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
And this week, Paula Deen, America’s fourth-highest earning celebrity chef (according to Forbes), lost contracts with the Food Network, Target, Home Depot, Smithfield Foods and Walmart after admitting that she had, “of course”, used “the n-word”, in a deposition for a lawsuit filed by her former manager.
Has Capital One, the credit card Baldwin advertises, dropped him? Has anyone said anything? I’ve not heard such a sound vacuum since a friend of mine was asked at a ritzy pool party in the Hollywood Hills what he did for a living and he replied: “Nurse”.
It’s not even as if this is a freakish aberration for the actor.
In 2007, he left a message on his 11-year-old daughter’s phone calling her a “rude thoughtless little pig”. (For someone so mired in Hollywood culture, Baldwin must surely be aware of the psychotherapeutic term ‘projection’.)
Three years later he was accused of punching a photographer. A year after, with piquant misogyny, he described (on Twitter), an air stewardess who had thrown him off his flight for refusing to turn his phone off as a “retired Catholic school gym teacher”. And a few months ago he admitted punching another photographer, but denied racially abusing him. When will misogyny and homophobia – two sides of the same dime – be granted equally dubious status as racism?
This week we might be witnessing the Defense of Marriage Act being lowered into the ground, but Baldwin’s rant jumps out as a cold reminder that hatred towards gay people still whistles all around, as alive as ever. And that, clearly, Hollywood helps keep it there.
It keeps it there by refusing to back films such as Behind the Candelabra, idiotically thinking that gay doesn’t pay. It keeps it there by forever casting straight actors to play gay for fear of some kind of homosexual overdose. It keeps it there by perpetuating a culture of shame and silence, a thousand whispers in the ears of LGBT actors: “Keep quiet or your career will meet an early curtain call”.
The same “Today Show” that has been blistering Paula Deen for over a week, made absolutely no mention of the homophobic nature of actor Alec Baldwin’s tweets in their Friday report about his latest Twitter-rant. In fact, Matt Lauer said Baldwin “was right.”