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Anderson Cooper Wants to Know How Alec Baldwin Will Lie His Way Out of Homophobic Slurs This Time; Alec Baldwin Doesn't Disappoint

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrities Are Better than You | November 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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Is Alec Baldwin a homophobe? Maybe. Is he an asshole? ABSOLUTELY. In case you missed it, Baldwin once again lost his temper with a member of the paparazzi who tried to film Baldwin’s wife and child. At one point during his meltdown, he clearly says, “You cock-sucking f*gg*t,” which is obviously a homophobic thing to say, and also something that every Yankees fan on the planet has at one time called Alex Rodriguez.

As you’d expect, Anderson Cooper — as he did the several months ago, when Baldwin called a different member of the paparazzi a “toxic-little queen” — attacked Baldwin on Twitter.

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And how did Baldwin try to lie his way out of this one? On Twitter, with tweets since deleted, Baldwin attacked the messenger saying, “If @TMZ asserts that I used an anti-gay epithet, I will sue them,” and then added, “Acoustic analysis proves the word is fathead. Fathead,” and then tried to smooth things over with this:

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Oh, then obviously he’s all forgiven, right? Because there’s nothing wrong with a “cock-sucking fathead,” right?

Oh, wait? Maybe “cock-sucking” is offensive, too? Unless of course you’re Al Swearengen (in which case the insult is encouraged). What’s funny is that, Baldwin had to be told that “cock-sucker” is a homophobic word.

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Oh, Alec. You and your publicist are not trying hard enough. The correct response is, “How can ‘cock-sucker’ be a homophobic term if it is referring to an act committed by two loving men? I love gays! I love cock-sucking! I was paying him a compliment! I was simply encouraging him to go home and enjoy another man’s penis in his mouth. In fact, just as soon as I finish with this tweet, I’m going to go suck a cock myself!!! We all should!”

Seriously, though: I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, but is there not a tad of hypocrisy in the fact that Alec Baldwin is being attacked for saying something that Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and James Franco say in every single movie they make?

Alec Baldwin’s show on MSNBC, which had seen a precipitous drop in the ratings, returns tonight.




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  • kG

    I don't get it! Cock sucker is a slur? Gay men do ,so do women! Fagget? Maybe. But Cooper is a fag and a cocksucker!

  • JAG

    "I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, but is there not a tad of hypocrisy in the fact that Alec Baldwin is being attacked for saying something that Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and James Franco say in every single movie they make?"

    Wow, way off the mark Dustin. What next: "If black people can say n*gger than why cant I!?!?!"

    No it's not hypocritical. If it appears in the context of a film (or an aesthetic enterprise) then...it appears in the context of a film. It might be apropos for a character or played for blatant comedic effect or irony. Baldwin was yelling this in a fit of unhinged tantruming (straight white guys have it so hard in this world you know). THAT was the context. Context matters, and that's why people are upset. Are you honestly telling us you cant see the difference?

  • Joseph Howe

    How is a move/tv blog slowly turning into leftist political commentary and correctness?

  • JAG

    Baldwin is a famous film and TV personality. This is a blog of film and TV. Still confused?

    Also, I am wondering how having a modicum of human decency has now become "politically correct" and "leftist." If Baldwin had been running down the street yelling "n*gger" or "k*ke" the public outcry would end his career, but since it's only anti-gay slurs everyone just needs to chill out and stop being so politically correct?

    Why does it seem to bother you that Baldwin is being called out for his nonsense?

  • Joseph Howe

    I'm not bothered by Baldwin being called out. I'm making an observation that every other post on this site now is about political correctness and left leaning philosophy and judgement rather than movies and television.

  • Bea Pants

    I've tried to cut Baldwin some slack because I've known some generally good guys that had some anger issues. But all of his outbursts seem to run toward the homophobic so I think I'm going to have to let this one go.

  • googergieger

    Can't cuss anymore?

  • "At one point during his meltdown, he clearly says, “You cock-sucking f*gg*t,”
    which is obviously a homophobic thing to say, and also something that
    every Yankees fan on the planet has at one time called Alex Rodriguez."

    I used it myself last Sunday watching the Packers game. Nothing will turn you into a horrible person quicker than your team(regardless of the sport) losing a game. Of course, no sooner had I said it than I realized that my fiancee's four year old nephew had picked that exact moment to come into the TV room and had discovered some new words. Which is why I don't baby-sit, as a general rule.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, and (but for the fact that he has now broken my heart for the last time) if he were calling me a "c**ksucking f*gg*t" I'd take it as an invitation.

    Facts are facts.

  • I could not be laughing harder right now--both at Baldwin's bullshit and Dustin's correct response.

  • e jerry powell

    What's most uncomfortable about it, though, is the fact that when he goes into his blinding rages, the homophobic insults are the first place he goes. It's like a reflex, opposed to an actual thought. That says a lot about him.

  • JAG

    I thought the same thing. I figured maybe he just had a slip up before, but it seems like every time he gets pissed he immediately reaches for the anti-gay slur. Reminds me a lot of Mel Gibson and the Jews.

  • Paddington

    I don't support using slurs and if a community says something is offensive that should be accepted. However, I feel like we've all accepted that there is a certain class of people who are allowed to be stalked, whether they want it or not. Everyone says they deserve it and we often find their complaints about the stalking to be wholly without merit. Oh, you don't want people following you and taking pictures of you and your family? Well, why did you have to be so successful at your profession, huh? Why did you make us curious about your private life? No one made you so shut up, it's part of the deal.

    It isn't, however, part of the deal. It's a crime and we're being complicit in victimizing people because they have a desire to entertain. So within that context while not right, I don't feel comfortable saying Alec Baldwin is an asshole. I think Alec Baldwin is forced to deal with assholes and does it in a way we don't find socially acceptable, while ignoring something else that should be socially unacceptable.

  • JJ

    Being an asshole and being forced to deal with assholes are in no way mutually exclusive situations.

  • Paddington

    But this is beyond being an asshole is my point.

  • jon29

    Al Swearengen owes hoopleheads everywhere a sincere fucking apology.

  • Twillahiss

    I didn't realize "cocksucker" was homophobic... since the last time I used the term, I was talking about a woman. That's okay, right?

  • foolsage

    The term is typically used as a simple insult to imply homosexuality, which is to say it's meant to disparage gay men (and women, to a lesser extent), so it's not ok when used as normal. The implication is that anyone who'd suck a cock is inferior to anyone who would not; i.e. women and gay men are lesser than hetero men. So no, the term isn't ok, unless you use it atypically and in a deliberately flattering way. E.g. "My significant other is one amazing cocksucker; I don't think I've ever felt as good as I did last night."

  • Maguita NYC

    You are very correct, and it has nothing to do with being too PC, or on the contrary insensitive.

    We've all come to the understanding that many slurs used in the not-so-distant past were intentionally homophobic, bigot and xenophobic. No matter one's defense, we are all now quite aware and understand clearly the intent behind the N* word, and not even misappropriation, no matter the color of your skin, would make it acceptable.

    Same goes for Fa**ot, and yes even c*cks*cker. No matter how you twist it and rage against the pressures of having to evolve with the language representing the era we live in, it is clear certain expressions were not only meant as an insult, but were also designed to segregate specific someones and relegate them unjustly to second class citizenship.

  • Ben

    Counterpoint

    So many negative words in our lexicon came about from this kind of progression of language. What originally started as terms to classify people evolved in useage to become general insults.

    Moron for example started off as a medical term to describe an adult with a mental age between 8-12, similar to words like Idiot, Imbecile, Feeble-Minded etc.

    While these words were originally words used by psychologists to describe people with certain mental problems, as recently as last century. They've now become inoffensive slurs used by children because of their common useage. No one sees the term lame now and thinks of the physically disabled. Even though that's what it means.

    These words have had all their power stripped from them to the point where they are only offensive to people desperately struggling to find offense.

    In short, if you want to rip the words Fa**ot or Ni**er* of their power. Taking them out of the modern lexicon is not the right way to go about it. If no one is allowed to say Fa**ot or ni**er, then the only people that say it will be the disgustingly homophobic/racists. If anything it's giving the words more power to do what they shouldn't be used for. Insulting people of specific race/sexuality.

    The true way to make a word lose it's power is for people to use it constantly. For things that have nothing to do with it's original hateful meanings.

    Making something Taboo gives it more power, if you're forbidden from seeing boobs growing up then that's what you want to see. If you're forbidden from calling someone a fa**ot because it's so intensely hurtful and offensive, then when you genuinely want to hurt someones feelings it makes sense to go for that taboo and hurtful word.

    This whole culture America seems to have of barring words from discourse for being 'too offensive' just doesn't make sense to me. It's doing the complete opposite of what the stated goal is.

  • Twillahiss

    I've never seen anyone work so terribly hard to sound intelligent and politically correct. It must be exhausting researching which direction the wind is blowing.

  • foolsage

    You still haven't seen that, because the above doesn't represent some heroic effort; that's just who Maguita already is (intelligent and aware of the meaning and consequence of hate speech).

    Anytime someone comments on a disparaging remark based on entrenched bigotry, please continue to chime in, telling us all that we're being PC and (implicitly) that there isn't any harm in casual use of hate speech. That's going to win friends and influence people, surely. It's a winning formula.

  • Uriah_Creep

    More like "whining" formula.

  • Don't be a dick. Maguita answered your troll question with a lot more patience and civility than I would have, so how about you just call it a day?

  • Twillahiss

    My troll question? She's the most shrill pearlclutcher I've ever read on here and you call *me* a troll? I thought Jezebel had annoying harpy commenters but this site comes a very close second. How dare you scold me, you pompous ass.

  • emmalita

    Hahahahaha! Look closer. Those aren't pearls she's clutching. Those are the testicles of the misogynists she has already vanquished.

  • Maguita NYC

    ...A... Pearl... clutcher. I'm a pearlclutcher!? Hehehehe.

  • Twillahiss

    Typical politically correct over-analysis. I don't know why I bother with this site anymore.

  • JAG

    I love how being a decent human being has now become being "politically correct."

  • foolsage

    Well, that's a hell of a self-righteous non-response.

    You didn't of course - in any sense - support your claim, and for that matter calling something "PC" is a common way of dismissing it mindlessly, generally to support entrenched bigotry.

    Nice work.

  • Alice

    I love Alec Baldwin. There, I said it. The sound of his voice is like xanax for my soul. He needs to watch his words, but I don't think he's a terrible person for saying terrible things from time to time. Also, the "fathead" defense is pretty funny.

  • Leah Duncan

    Ok, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill use it in jest in movies, not in vile rants while attacking people. Even if you disagree with them using it to be funny, it is obviously not even remotely as problematic as Baldwin's disturbing and hateful rants. And then on top of that he has the audacity to pretend that he is Mr. Liberal PC when he is a truly terrible human being.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Deadwood made me love the word C-sucker. I can't deny it. I also don't really ever say it ever, but that doesn't change the fact that I think it's a phonetically wonderfully word.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I wish cock sucker wasn't so charged, because Jesus did Deadwood teach me some great expressions that feature that particular phrase.
    "Those that doubt me suck cock by choice" is still one of my favorite lines in the history of television.

    But alas, I must keep my repertoire to motherfucker, asshole and my favorite shit for brains.

  • Twillahiss

    I dunno, I think motherfucker would be more insulting (it's one of my favorites too though, it really rolls off the tongue when in a fit of pique.)

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    True. I guess I should be more mindful of mothers as well as the alternate sexes. My friend uses pigfucker, but well that's just a gross mental image and doesn't have the same ring to it. When did insults get so complicated?

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    And he will still continue to pop up on Capital One commercials or whatever it is he endorses.

  • NateMan

    Cocksucking would get a pass from me - probably because, to me, it's such a fantastic curse word and most of them involve the groinal area - EXCEPT for the very clear British term for something flammable that follows it. Put those things together and there's no way it wasn't homophobic. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Alec Baldwin's the kind've asshat who doesn't have an excuse in my book.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    My problem is he's given excuses. No one ever really holds him accountable for his shit. He's belligerent, offensive and can be violent, but somehow, no one ever seems to care. Was he really that great on 30 Rock?

  • Can someone remind me why Kim Basinger's supposed to be the crazy one, again? Because I don't seem to see her out there screaming and punching and insulting every time she feels the need for a little attention.

  • Maguita NYC

    This so many times! Why does he keep getting away with the obvious lack of anger management, with the homophobic slurs, with the xenophobic attacks, with the misogynist bitching, and let us not forget the physical altercations?

    Personally, I've stopped watching anything Baldwin a good while ago, right after he called his then 11 year-old daughter a selfish little pig in a rage-filled rant. That much anger turns me off, no matter the gender.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I just don't get it. I feel like he and Mel Gibson are two sides of the same coin. And I LOVED "racist-ass Melly Gibbsons" (TM Key & Peele) in the 90s. But once he started with the Jews and abusively speaking to women, I had to sadly resign myself to the fact that he's a bastard and walk away.

    I just don't understand, does Baldwin have a teflon coating?

  • Ben

    Alec Baldwin always comes off as someone who isn't really thinking and just blurting out the most hurtful stuff he can.
    Compared to Mel Gibson who seems to genuinely believe the things he says and that other people are lesser to him because of their race/religion.

    I think that's probbably the big difference.

  • kG

    Why it that Ben? Because Mel stated the fact that Jews were behind all the wars. Well , that part he was absolutely right about.

  • Ben

    Why does Mel Gibson seem like he is a genuinely hatefull fuckhole? The telling your wife to get raped by a pack of ni**ers springs immediately to mind.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I think it's that, when he's not being that way, he tends to be pretty damn charming and funny, and tends to mostly just drop and ignore that these things have happened, which has the effect of making most people kind of let it go. Until he does it again, and then the same thing happens.

    So basically he gets away with it because he's a funny sociopath.

  • Maguita NYC

    Nah. Just Schwetty balls... Thus the fussy tantrums.

  • Not defending Baldwin, but let's keep in mind that, when you're looking to insult someone, you're more than likely going to use offensive material. That starts out early in life when we insult each other's moms.

    So an asshole like Alec Baldwin is going to use denigrating and offensive words -- like the motherfucker he is.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Hmm...is the word "denigrate" offensive? It does stem from "negro" - "to blacken" meaning "to put down."

    I also dislike the phrase "homophobic" in the original post. I don't think Baldwin is homophobic. He is not afraid of gays or of becoming one. But his speech is anti-gay.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    yeah i also agree with "homophobic" being used incorrectly here. i would bet a lot of money he isn't homophobic, he's just an offensive asshole when he gets angry.

    like when someone calls another "motherfucker" out of anger, i am sure they aren't literally implying the other person commits incest regularly, it's just offensive

    EDITED for terrible grammar, apologies

  • Kane Leal

    I think cock-sucking is gender neutral, myself. Which doesn't change the fact that Alec Baldwin is an insufferable asshole.

  • Technically it is universal but still offensive. It insinuates that cock sucking makes you less of a person whether you are a man or a woman so if you are the type to get offended over these things it is homophobic and misogynistic.

  • J4Sho

    Cocksucker should be the highest compliment you could bestow upon someone.....especially from people who like having their cocks sucked. Just sayin.

  • That's kind of true. Blowjobs are a lot like hamburgers in that even if it's bad...it's still pretty good.

  • Ben

    This is just patently bullshit. What if the blowjob uses teeth and draws blood, what if the burger is from Maccas?

  • Mrs. Julien

    This is why I stick with "motherfu*ker." It's so wonderfully utilitarian.

  • Hiff Cluxtable

    But that's offensive to hillbillies.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Don't worry, they don't get the internet yet...

  • NateMan

    But it sounds so much better if you put cocksucking in front of it.

  • Or...as Bernie Mac said...actually, just watch it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • emmalita

    I love Original Kings of Comedy. Bernie Mack and Cedric the Entertainer were revelations.

  • NateMan

    I miss Bernie. He could be so motherfuckin funny.

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