UPDATED: Alec Baldwin has homophobic Twitter meltdown – later issues apology for “ill-advised” attack
Alec Baldwin called a Daily Mail reporter a ‘toxic little queen’ in a Twitter rant after a story ran claiming Baldwin’s pregnant wife was tweeting during actor James Gandolfini’s funeral.
‘I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck…you…up.’ Baldwin said in one of a series of profanity-laden tweets.
Another tweet stated: ‘I’d put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.’
You know, no matter what happened or no matter how angry he was, it is mighty disappointing that Baldwin would use gay slurs in his tirade. No excuse. If those had been racial slurs, he would be on a Paula Deen apology tour.
The story had said of Hilaria Baldwin: The pregnant yoga instructor’s social media feed was full of upbeat posts while the Sopranos star’s friends, family and co-stars were gripped with grief at a New York Catholic church. Messages included a request for ideas about wedding anniversary presents and promotional notes about her upcoming appearance on the Rachael Ray show.
Hilaria Baldwin, reacting to the story, tweeted: ‘FYI I don’t believe in bringing phones into a funeral and I never did and I never would.’
Baldwin’s publicist, Matthew Hiltzik tells Huffington Post in a statement: ‘It is disgraceful that this reporter manufactured a story and never called for comment or explanation — especially when it needlessly diverted attention away from a day to honor the memory of a beloved figure like Mr Gandolfini.’
UPDATE: Alec Baldwin wrote the following to GLAAD this afternoon:
“My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation. My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service. As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize.”
“I have worked, periodically, with numerous marriage equality organizations, especially over the past couple of years, to achieve the very rights that gay couples are earning by recent court decisions. I would not advocate violence against someone for being gay and I hope that my friends at GLAAD and the gay community understand that my attack on Mr. Stark in no way was the result of homophobia.”
GLAAD Vice President of Communications Rich Ferraro states: “Alec Baldwin is making it clear that the intent behind his tweets does not excuse his language, especially at a time when there were 11 incidents of violence against gay men in New York City just last month. As we all work to end such senseless acts of violence, allies like Baldwin are right to use these moments to reinforce support for the community and LGBT equality.”