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