Alec Baldwin’s Continued Willingness To Use Anti-Gay Slurs
November 15, 2013 1:56 pm ET by Equality Matters staff
Just weeks after starting his new gig as an MSNBC host, Alec Baldwin was recorded used anti-gay slurs to insult a photographer, reportedly calling him a “cocksucking fag” during a public altercation.
On November 14, TMZ released a video of Alec Baldwin in an altercation with several photographers outside of his Manhattan apartment. Baldwin began insulting the photographers after they approached his car and family, allegedly calling one of the paparazzi a “cocksucking fag."
After the incident, Baldwin threatened to sue TMZ for accusing him of using an anti-gay epithet, claiming that he had actually called the photographer a “cocksucking fathead.” Soon after, however, Baldwin deleted those tweets.
As for his use of the word “cocksucking,” Baldwin claims he didn’t realize that that the term was homophobic and apologized; Baldwin also tweeted “anti-gay slurs are wrong,” writing:
This isn’t the first time Baldwin has been caught making anti-gay remarks in public. According to New York Magazine:
In 1992, Baldwin called a horse-drawn-carriage driver a "faggot" for supporting the expansion of carriage rides outside of Central Park. In September of 2011, Baldwin referred to a Starbucks barista as an "uptight queen." In June of 2012, Baldwin called Daily News editor-in-chief Colin Myler an "English Queen." In June of 2013, Baldwin called Daily Mail journalist George Stark a "toxic little queen" who would "dig it" if Baldwin stuck his foot up his ass.
Following the most recent incident, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) issued a statement calling on Baldwin to end his “pattern of anti-gay slurs”:
Mr. Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice. It’s clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.
As GLAAD points out, Baldwin’s repeated use of anti-gay slurs stands in stark contrast to his vocal support for marriage equality.
In October, MSNBC launched Up Late with Alec Baldwin, a late-night talk show that airs once a week and consists primarily of extended one-on-one interviews. MSNBC has yet to comment on the incident.
Words matter. There’s no excuse for using damaging vitriol and anti-gay slurs. Calling somebody a “cocksucking fag,” even in the heat of an argument, contributes to a culture of homophobic bullying and intolerance. Baldwin needs to take responsibility for his repeated use of homophobic slurs. It’s not enough to pretend that, as an adult, he still doesn’t know what insults are actually homophobic.
Given his national platform and significant star power, especially in the progressive community, it’s long past time that Baldwin take appropriate action to address his repeated willingness to use anti-gay slurs.