Alec Baldwin claims that he is down with public life. In an essay published in New York magazine on Feb. 23, the actor addressed many reasons why he “loathe and despises” the media, but particularly addressed instances that caused him to be labeled as homophobic.
The 55-year-old “30 Rock” actor announced plans to move to California and said in the essay that it would be the last time he would address his personal life in “an American publication.” It was clear, through his words, that Baldwin had some things to get off his chest, particularly regarding a couple instances which led to him being labeled as anti-gay and eventually losing his talk show on MSNBC.
He addressed the incidences with the TMZ photographer and the Daily Mail writer where Baldwin was accused of using anti-gay slurs. Both times, Baldwin claims he was very angry, but the media blew it up into something it wasn’t.
“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.”
In the essay, Baldwin blames members of media for this, including CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper who he labeled, “the self-appointed Jack Valenti of gay media culture.”
Cooper has publicly addressed Baldwin’s anger issues and outbursts and GLAAD has also expressed disappointment in Baldwin’s use of homophobic slurs in both situations. He did express his regret in his behavior and acknowledged how his outbursts have contributed to how people have come to view him.
“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.”
Alec Baldwin clearly has the right to be angry in situations where he feels attacked. The problem is how he controls that anger, especially in the public. So it might be a very good thing that he is done with public life, at least until he no longer allows public life to get the best of his emotions and judgement.
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