Alec Baldwin has had quite an emotional week or two! MSNBC has pulled his talk show for two weeks, as a result of his homophobic slur last week. Alec has ALWAYS had a hard time with the paparazzi. I could go back and give examples, but there are so many I wouldn’t even know where to start. Basically if you’re a paparazzi, you need to avert your eyes and not even make eye contact with the superior actor. My problem with people like Alec, is he thinks he’s better than everyone else. He’s now threatening to quit the industry just to have a private life. Go ahead Alec, I dare ya. Don’t make empty threats. They don’t work – just ask my kids.
And the married father of two, no stranger to public image beatings, took to HuffPo to ask for understanding. His show, he writes, might not come back at all.
As for that homophobic slur: “One is that I never used the word faggot in the tape recording being offered as evidence against me. What word is said right after the other choice word I use is unclear. But I can assure you, with complete confidence, that a direct homophobic slur (or indirect one for that matter) is not spoken.”
And then, Baldwin pleads to have his wife, infant daughter Carmen and adult daughter Ireland left alone. “My wife is a young mother with a newborn child. Yet reporters harass and hector her and our baby outside our home in ways that approximate a hockey brawl. It is shameful. And it should be illegal.”
Agreed, the paps can get very aggressive, sometimes scarily so. The thing is, Baldwin is happy to work the press when it suits him, to promote his movies or collect awards. And his wife, a correspondent on Extra, is actually a member of the media herself. They posed with newborn photos of their daughter, and had no qualms about sharing fairly personal parts of their lives with the press. And so the other thing is, you can’t have it both ways, as Baldwin surely knows by now.