After Being Misunderstood, Unfairly Maligned and Labeled a Homophobic Bigot, Alec Baldwin Writes a Dissertation on Why He's Leaving Public Life

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After Being Misunderstood, Unfairly Maligned and Labeled a Homophobic Bigot, Alec Baldwin Writes a Dissertation on Why He's Leaving Public Life

By Cindy Davis | Celebrities Are Better than You | February 24, 2014 | Comments ()


That’s right people, Alec Baldwin is leaving us for good. He’s had it with our unappreciative lack of understanding, our failure to forgive, our labels; our inability to comprehend his true nature. The most successful and recognizable of the Brothers Baldwin is ready to pack up his bags and leave not only the trappings of Hollywood behind, but also his home in New York City, and his political aspirations. And though he does, in an incredibly long Vulture piece, sheepishly admit some culpability in the impressions we’ve all gotten from his vitriolic, sometimes violent rants against the paparazzi, fellow actors, various media personas and um…his daughter, our dear Alec seems to be disheartened by those misperceptions. You guys, I think we broke him.

Here are a few highlights from Alec’s long, sad goodbye:

“I’ve read where a number of people have felt that 2013 was a shitty year. For me, it was actually a great year, because my wife and I had a baby. But, yeah, everything else was pretty awful. And I find myself bitter, defensive, and more misanthropic than I care to admit. And I’m trying to understand what happened, how an altercation on the street, in which I was accused—wrongly—of using a gay slur, could have cascaded like this. There’s been a shift in my life. And it’s caused me to step back and say, This is happening for a reason.”

“Photographers today get right up in your face, my wife’s, my baby’s. They are baiting you. You can tell they want to get into it with you. Some bump into me or block the entrance to my apartment, frustrating my neighbors (some of whom may regret that I live in their building).

I’m self-aware enough to know that I am to blame for some of this. I definitely should not have reacted the way I did in some of these situations. I don’t have these issues with waiters, traffic cops, store clerks. I know there’s an impression that I’m someone who seeks to have violent confrontations with people. I don’t. Do I regret screaming at some guy who practically clipped my kid in the head with the lens of a camera? Yeah, I probably do, because it’s only caused me problems.

But—I’m sorry, I can’t let go of this—do people really, really believe that, when I shouted at that guy, I called him a “faggot” on-camera? Do you honestly believe I would give someone like TMZ’s Harvey Levin, of all people, another club to beat me with?

What happened is, a TMZ videographer ambushed me as I was putting my family in a car, and I chased him down the block and said, “Cocksucking motherfucker” or whatever (when I have some volatile interaction with these people, I don’t pull out a pen and take notes on what I said). I knew that guy. This was a guy who is on a bike usually, and when we get in a car, he follows us. Very aggressive. The same guy who followed my wife on a bicycle, and when she slipped and fell trying to dodge him and hurt her leg, he laughed at her and said, “See what I made you do?” At my wife. How would that make you feel?”

It’s true, that sounds pretty mean, and I definitely think there should be a law against paparazzi getting within a certain distance, or photographing children.

Alec also takes issue with Shia LaBeouf, and who among us can argue for that plagiarizing prankster?

“There was friction between us from the beginning. LaBeouf seems to carry with him, to put it mildly, a jailhouse mentality wherever he goes. When he came to rehearsal, he was told it was important to memorize his lines. He took that to heart and learned all his lines in advance, even emailing me videos in which he read aloud his lines from the entire play. To prove he had put in the time. (What else do you do in jail?) I, however, do not learn my lines in advance. So he began to sulk because he felt we were slowing him down. You could tell right away he loves to argue. And one day he attacked me in front of everyone. He said, “You’re slowing me down, and you don’t know your lines. And if you don’t say your lines, I’m just going to keep saying my lines.”

We all sat, frozen. I snorted a bit, and, turning to him in front of the whole cast, I asked, “If I don’t say my words fast enough, you’re going to just say your next line?” I said. “You realize the lines are written in a certain order?” He just glared at me.

So I asked the company to break. And I took the stage manager, with Sullivan, to another room, and I said one of us is going to go. I said, “I’ll tell you what, I’ll go.” I said don’t fire the kid, I’ll quit. They said no, no, no, no, and they fired him. And I think he was shocked. He had that card, that card you get when you make films that make a lot of money that gives you a certain kind of entitlement. I think he was surprised that it didn’t work in the theater.”

Then there’s the part where Baldwin didn’t really want to do his talk show on MSNBC, didn’t want to interview Rob Lowe, and didn’t like that his boss had not “a single piece of paper on his desk,” which clearly is an indication of improper bossiness. I mean, come on.

As for all that homophobic nonsense, Alec wants us to know he never said any of the things people claimed he did. Not “toxic little queen,” or “cocksucker” or “faggot.”

“Am I a homophobe? Look, I work in show business. I am awash in gay people, as colleagues and as friends. I’m doing Rock of Ages one day, making out with Russell Brand. Soon after that, I’m advocating with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cynthia Nixon for marriage equality. I’m officiating at a gay friend’s wedding. I’m not a homophobic person at all. But this is how the world now sees me.

I could go on and on…and on with these highlights, but you should really grab yourself a cup pot of coffee and read the whole thing for yourself.

As Alec himself says, “And, admittedly, this is how I feel in February of 2014,”, which I believe translates to: “I’ll be baaack.”

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Bad Superman

    I didn't know about the Shia LeBeouf thing. Shia's a huge talent, but telling Alec 'fucking' Baldwin what's what when it comes to acting? Clearly he's using drugs.

  • logan

    I love how he wants to be equal parts asshole AND victim.

  • Oh just shut the fuck up and stay home, you big fucking crybaby.

    *drops mic, gets out of that bitch*

  • stardust

    Whatever, Alec.

  • AvaLehra

    How long until we see him with a bag over his head?

  • I think his opening paragraph does a pretty good job of defeating any good will he could have built with his martyr routine.

    "I flew to Hawaii recently to shoot a film, fresh on the heels of being labeled a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice. I wanted to speak with a gay-rights group that I had researched and admired, so I called its local Honolulu branch."

    Gay Department of Justice?

    After the acting story, he shits on everyone he doesn't like at MSNBC, calls Rachel Maddow a dweeb, and compares being pulled from the air for homophobic remarks to what happened to Conan with the Tonight Show on NBC.

    Yeah, I'm not buying any remorse or soul-searching here. He's telling everyone to fuck off because MSNBC took his toys away for being a bad boy.

  • NateMan

    Are we now going to be inundated with assholes claiming to leave all of us behind? First Shia and now Alex... The world is going to be a much quieter, more cheerful place if this keeps up! Not that either of them mean it, of course.

  • Devin McMusters

    Like we would ever take seriously anything out of the mouth of the star of

    "Mini's First Time".

  • zeke_the_pig

    Huh, I thought that said that Alec Baldwin was announcing that he was leaving pubic lice. I was intrigued; leaving them to whom? The Smithsonian?

    But leaving public life is interesting enough too... I guess...

  • emmalita

    There is apparently a pubic lice shortage in America, so yes, the Smithsonian would like some. Fortunately, Baltimore, MD has been identified as a pubic lice sanctuary, unofficially.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I was under the impression that scrotum skeeters were plentiful in North America. I was not aware of this (inter)national tragedy.

  • emmalita

    Apparently "deforestation" has reduced the natural habitat and reduced the population of pubic lice.

  • Uriah_Creep

    So you're saying it's because of the massive amount of waxing? Damn Brazilians!

  • emmalita

    Yup, first the rain forest and now the "rain forest."

  • stella

    Aww man. I'm visiting Baltimore at the moment.

  • emmalita

    Celebrate that you are providing a habitat to an endangered species.

  • stella

    Ugh. I'm so grossed out right now.

  • kinoumenthe

    PLEASE. Joke about everything BUT lice. I have traumatising childhood incidents !!
    *starts scratching head nervously*

  • emmalita

    You are going to be ok. I've been to Baltimore many times without getting pubic lice. Practice good hygiene.

  • stella

    Dude. I've taken three showers because of you.

  • emmalita

    I don't think you need to take 3 showers in an hour. Regular good hygiene will do just fine. And maybe don't have sexy time with strangers.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Don't say that. I just took a bus back from Baltimore yesterday.

  • zeke_the_pig

    In that case I think David Simon's just found his new HBO series

  • emmalita

    John Waters and Jessica Williams beat him to it. http://articles.baltimoresun.c...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Seriously. Nothing says 'I can't say goodbye to the public' like a long farewell letter to the public. Those who really want to leave just...leave.

  • kirbyjay

    Besides, he fought with LeBeef, how bad can he be?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Which is why it's so amusing they are both writing treatises on their departures from public life at the same time.

    Btw, Orphans was not worth nearly that amount of fuss.

  • Classic

    Yeah he thinks that LeDouche sucks and calls him out in the article which made me giggle lol.

  • kirbyjay

    As much as I've always said that with fame and fortune comes the downside, loss of anonymity, I can not begin to comprehend what some of them go through with these vultures. To smile pretty at a premier or awards show in the glare of a million flashbulbs or to have your dinner interrupted by an over zealous fan is one thing, but to have your family, especially your children practically assaulted by paparazzi intent on getting a rise out of you just to get that picture...... I can't help but feel some empathy for him. He has a temper, they know it, so they bait him. I can't imagine what would come out of my mouth if some stranger accosted my kids.

    I don't believe he is a homophobe and in this day and age he should probably have adjusted his offensive vocabulary but we are of the same generation and the words motherfucking cocksucker had nothing to do with being gay when we were growing up, it was just a string of effective swearwords. The simple fact is that when I was growing up I didn't know of one single gay person other than Liberace because no one ever came out. That hasn't stopped me from being so pro gay marriage that I actually lecture people when I hear "marriage is between a man and a woman, blah, blah, blah.... and take pride in the fact that Massachusetts was the first state to legalize it.
    Can Alec Baldwin be a douchenozzle? I'm betting SURE, but I also think he has been overly maligned.
    I'm ducking bullets as we speak... GO

  • dizzylucy

    I do have empathy for those who are really harassed by the paparazzi, but I tend to think in Alec's case, like you said it's because he consistently gives a big reaction, which leads to more money for the photos. It's a vicious cycle. There are a lot of celebrities who manage to fly under the radar, so if he could attempt to do that a little more, the photographers will lose money, lose interest, and move on.

  • Ginger McFlea

    I wonder if he's going to flee to the Cleave?
    Honestly this piece doesn't read like he's completely well. This is a trainwreck of a public statement from a man who clearly doesn't have, or at least doesn't listen to, advisors, or good friends, or good instincts. He was lucky to have Tina Fey looking out for his career and providing an alternate facade for his true persona for so long.

  • NateMan

    I don't think he's unwell. He's just an insufferable, arrogant asshole who is perfectly cheerful burning bridges. I don't think they've put that in the DSM yet. :)

  • Aaron Schulz

    Its too bad hes such a raving douchenozzle, but i still like all of the things hes made for the most part so i guess thats a fair trade.

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