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Alec Baldwin Speaks Out: MSNBC Show May Not Return, May Quit Entertainment Biz

The firestorm over Alec Baldwin's anti-gay statements has yet to settle and Baldwin offered some clarifications via his blog on The Huffington Post on Saturday morning. 

Baldwin writes, in a short excerpt:

I think it is important to note, in light of recent events, a couple of clarifications.

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. In the wake of referring to a tabloid "journalist" as a toxic queen, I would never allow myself to make that mistake again, nor would I expose my wife and family to the attendant ridicule. My friends who happen to be gay are baffled by this. They see me as one who has recently fought for marriage equality and has been a supporter of gay rights for many years. Now, the charge of being a "homophobic bigot," to quote one crusader in the gay community, is affixed.

Another issue I want to address is the decision by MSNBC to suspend my show. Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now. 

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Photographers have tripped and fallen on babies in strollers on my block. They have nearly struck my wife in the face with microphones. They provoke me, daily, by getting dangerously close to me with their cameras as weapons, hoping I will react. When I do, the weapon doubles as a device to record my reaction. And then, apparently, I lose every time. If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theatre, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy decision. 

You can read Baldwin's full post, here

What's your take on the labels that have been placed on Baldwin in recent days? He appears to think they're unfair and that he's not being given the benefit of the doubt in spite of his work on behalf of the LGBT community. Do you agree?

Regarding his MSNBC show, should it return? Would you be disappointed if Baldwin left entertainment?

 

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Everyone has to always make a big deal out of what people say when they're angry.  They don't mean the things they say, they just say them because they know certain words can hurt more than others... and it's just a temporary emotional release from pent up anger.  It makes the user feel better, and the listener feel worse, and that's the ultimate goal when provoked.  I mean... take the word fag.  Is fag hag offensive?  Fag hag's use the term often enough to refer to themselves, as well as the gays that hang around them, and a comradery is experienced by all.  In fact, fag hag's will refer to their gay friends as fags... hence the use of the term.  But if anyone straight were to say the word fag around them, it'd be deemed offensive.  Where's the double standard that everyone wants us to work on?  Furthermore... if you're going to take fag, or faggot, and use it offensively... isn't it about time more deragatory straight terms are used and created.  When are we going to hear a celebrity shout, "You worthless hippie breeder!"  Probably never.  All in all, MANBEARPIG!

Take care of yourselves... and each other.

~Jerry Springer

The paparazzi suck. But if you give them such wonderful material by being a totally out of control rageaholic, you're sealing your family's fate. Get the help you need to manage your anger. Do THAT for your wife and children.

I don't believe Alec Baldwin to be homophobic. Rage, anger, short tempered- yea, but not homophobic. Although I do think the paparazzi are to blame in his and many other's incidents, he has chosen his profession and been well compensated by it. His last line it's probably one he should live by, but must probably won't.

The thing that baffles me about things like this is the fact that when provoked, we all lose it and say things we regret later.  I think Alec Baldwin was, and continues to be provoked.  Does he have anger issues?  Maybe...  but my god!!  People are so bent on knowing every move of public figures, that in the same situation I have to wonder where the breaking point is for anyone.  Bad choice of words?  Yeah, but backed into a corner, do you ALWAYS choose your words carefully?

I'm not making excuses for him, and the way I read it, he's not making any excuses for himself.  He's just giving reasons why he's had it with people constantly in his face.  Admiration and adoring public are one thing, but in my opinion the paparazzi cross way over the line all the time. Honestly, he shows more restraint than I ever would in the same situations.  Hell, most celebrities show a ton more restraint than I ever could!

good thing you're not a celebrity.

Totally agree!

I think we gays so depend on finding enemies and feeling like victims that we start our own witch haunt and not really with a good reason and not really on the right person.

Witch haunt?  Freudian slip? :)

I like him! When did us gays get to the level of "straight bashing"?

Been going on for a while now. Every time someone hates on gays, gays hate back. 

He has a big mouth and only ugly Words!!!! yelling on other People and himself no step better, older People getting Mind disease or Wordfinding-trouble what he does is not excuseable utterances and better he Shut up the Fuck, an Australian Singer had have a Hit called Shut up you Face by Joe Dolce!!!! Alex mouth should duct taped and closed forever never been shown in Public again so he learn to know,  the People around him gives the money and hold him up  with that so he earns his money but  this way he acts he looses all  but he kicks their asses with  Words so everybody should let him fall deep in the sea so he never get up again so he soon will recon that the Fans bring the Money he needs so he better shut up at all and never ever give such ugly statements he should wash his mouth with soap 77 days!!!!! :-P

Is English your first language? If not, I can understand some of the issues with translation that you may be having. Otherwise, I would suggest getting professional help.

lmao. wtf. only a gay person would say this. clearly.

I sure wish Alec Baldwin would get some bipolar medication that will do him good and stay on it!

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