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Alec Baldwin Lashes Out Against "Fundamentalist Wing Of Gay Advocacy" For Having His MSNBC Show Canceled

Alec Baldwin spoke to Gothamist to confirm news that his new MSNBC show Up Late had been canceled. In the process, Alec lashed out against the "fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy," whom he blames for his current troubles. 

"Showing a video in which I call someone a 'cocksucking something'" he started, "you can't really tell what I'm saying, and we live in a world in which the phrase 'TMZ's enhanced audio' exists. 'TMZ's enhanced audio.' And then with The Post... there's nothing you can do when you get thrown in this washing machine, nothing. You know? Nothing. All you end up doing is just defending yourself all day long."

"Martin Bashir's on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made," Alec added. "If I called him 'cocksucking maggot' or a 'cocksucking motherfucker'... 'faggot' is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you've got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they're out there, they've got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself."

What do you make of Alec's comments?

Comments

Agree with Alec. That was just a witch-hunt and only result or it is making another enemy out of a friend.

Alec had a great show, but not at the expense of slamming a minority. . !  Our world has been slow to learn that epitaphs that demean minorities are always hurtful and filled with hate no matter what the specific intent of the speaker.  Just substitute "faggot" for the 'N' word, or other _ _ _ _ _ offensive words and how do we as a society react..? Alec could have admitted he screwed up, made a positive conciliatory speech with a donation to The Trevor Project or other affiliated group and be back on his show rather than having it canceled without remorse.

Alec Baldwin is just another casualty of our growing intolerance of hurtful "free" speech.

Bob

I agree with him. There's far too much knee-jerk reaction in the Gay world.

If he handled the situation correctly he would be getting on with his life right now...

It seems that Alec Baldwin has only one orifice because he always talks out of his ass.

This guy is just too stupid not to shut up when he has the chance.

I like Alec Baldwin & if he called me a faggot I, personally, would get over it.  I don't think I would like it particularly, but it may depend somewhat on the context.  I do, however, think that it's important that celebrities & public figures be brought to task for using slurs, especially when it's a deliberate insult.  If celebrities are not publicly called out for this, then no one learns.  At the very least, people should see that what they say can have consequences.

Most of us can "take it".  Almost all of us have been called a faggot by someone at some point in our lives.  Many of us, many times.  Sometimes in jest, sometimes by other gays, sometimes by "friends" & sometimes by people who want to hurt us on some level.  Most of us have learned to ignore it, pretend that it doesn't matter, or taken away the power of these words in some other way, but sometimes it still stings when you hear these words used.

When I was a kid, I was called a lot of things, by other kids, by adults, including teachers & my own father.  Over the years, I have learned some coping skills &, like I say, I can take it, but what about the kids who are growing up gay?  If the revered & celebrated are allowed to throw these hateful words around about people like them, it grants permission to the world to subscribe to that point of view & to use those terms & gay kids get to see that it's ok for people to hate them for being who they are.

Trust me, these days I am not so very sensitive, but just because I can handle it, doesn't make it OK.

It's unacceptable & should be seen as unacceptable.

Whether Alec Baldwin said "faggot" or not is debatable, but clearly, calling a man a cock sucker was a way of demeaning him by inferring that he was gay.  How is that ok?

It seems like a lot of people will take time to comment and say "get over it"  as though to dismiss the seriousness of this issue and yes it is still a serious issue to us and the people who love, support and care for us in the LGBTQ community, It seems as though many people can't relate to anyone who is gay when they make statements like "get over it" and i believe this might come from not knowing any gay people therefore they can't empathize with the issue and if this is the case they should just keep they're opinions to themselves as with anything if you don't know anything about it don't try to have an opinion about it that is ignorant, a valid opinion of something comes from knowledge of a subject that someone knows about if you don't know anything about the gay community how do you have an opinion?. what Alec has done (and he has now done this repeatedly) is not proving anything except that he IS homophobic...PERIOD! I have a few people in my immediate family who have always "acted" like they were excepting of my homosexuality and that it was not an issue (I am not the only one of my sibling's out of 10 of us 3 are from the community) growing up i was called ALL the slur's and got all the typical bullying and NEVER got any support from a sister and a brother that went to the same school (one was older and one was younger both by one year) they never wanted to get involved and didn't EVER. Now as an older man i have realized that i still carry all the baggage that came from these experiences and the scars don't go away so when people say "get over it" try saying that to someone, anyone who has been through something that has been a struggle their whole life, saying that phrase does not help anyone in fact it's the weakest response i could think of because there is no thought put into that phrase anyone could say that without using any brain power at all. Another thing i think is an issue with Alec's situation is that he was raised in a very religious household and i believe his bigotry is just ingrained in him so deep that he can't ever be completely open minded enough to really be an ally for the gay community him and his brother's act like they're cool with everyone but we all know if your background is of a strong faith you will ALWAYS be judgmental even though you are not supposed to be because that is how religion is set up, anyway i believe he should just go away take some time and do some soul searching and work on where his anger is coming from and do something about that asap!

If he said some form of nigger ,  we would be calling him a racist and throwing all kinds of hell. He would probably need security.  

So no he shouldn't of said faggot. 

The cocksucker part isn't no big deal... 

I don't care what u say wen cursing. But there are words, especially as a celeb u don't say. Faggot is one of them . as white people we make a point to never say nigger 

omg it's getting to the point where no one can say anything anymore..Get over it move on...there are far more important things in the world to think about.

People need 2 stop being so sensitive, we've all said something @ one point or anither that we wished we didn't say or had someone hear something we've said and we're like shit and people got angry with what u said. Get over it!!!

I am glad that MSNBC let him go, he did make the comment now he is trying to cover it up.  I think this will be a start of his downfall. 

He just doesn't get it that when he opens his mouth to talk is when the trouble starts

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