Posted on | February 25, 2014 | 18 Comments
As far as I’m concerned, it was the “rude, thoughtless, little pig” episode — the angry voicemail message he left for his 12-year-old daughter Ireland in 2007 — that ruined Alec Baldwin’s reputation.
What kind of father talks that way to his daughter? It’s one thing for a father to chew out his son (“D in biology? Are you on drugs? Get a haircut! And clean up your room!”) but who ever heard of a father berating his 12-year-old daughter like Baldwin did?
Despite his reputation as a sadistic self-absorbed bully, however, Baldwin seems more worried about the “homophobe” label:
I flew to Hawaii recently to shoot a film, fresh on the heels of being labeled a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice.
He goes on for a while in this vein and doesn’t help himself when, in the seventh paragraph, he uses the word “tranny.”
In my rage, however, I called him a “toxic little queen,” and, thus, Anderson Cooper, the self-appointed Jack Valenti of gay media culture, suggested I should be “vilified,” in his words. I didn’t feel bad about the incident. He lied about my wife. They say this is what comes with stardom — I don’t agree with you. A journalist isn’t supposed to write a lie about you. If he was in New York, I might have had the impulse to beat the shit out of the guy. At the time, I didn’t view “toxic little queen” as a homophobic statement. I didn’t realize how those words could give offense, and I’m sorry for that.
“I didn’t view ‘toxic little queen’ as a homophobic statement”?
You’re kidding me, right? Here’s the thing: Suppose I get angry at a guy and call him the first random cuss words that pop into my angry mind, for example, “Goddamned son of a bitch.” Now, this is a very rude thing to say, and conveys the sense of my anger.
But a phrase like “toxic little queen” is rather specific, isn’t it? To come up with a phrase as specific as that requires a lot more premeditation than does “Goddamned son of a bitch.”
No, “toxic little queen” insinuates weak, effeminate homosexuality. And the quick resort to such a label tells us more about Alec Baldwin than it does about the target of the slur: Alec has “issues.”
There is a core of outlets that are pushing these stories out. Breitbart clutters the blogosphere with “Alec Baldwin, he’s the Devil, he’s Fidel Baldwin.” . . .
The heart, the arteries of the country are now clogged with hate. The fuel of American political life is hatred. Who would ever dream that Obama would deserve to be treated the way he has been? The birth-certificate bullshit, which is just Obama’s version of Swiftboating. And all for the electoral nullification that seems like a cancer on the American system. But this is Roger Ailes. And Fox. And Breitbart. And this is all about hate. It’s Hate Incorporated. But the liberals have taken the bait and run in the same direction—and it’s just as corrosive. MSNBC, in its own way, is as full of shit, as redundant and as superfluous, as Fox.
OK, so what’s really going on here? Narcissism.
Nothing is ever the narcissist’s fault. Protecting a fragile, damaged ego requires a scapegoat for every failure. A hallmark of narcissism is the desire to be seen as the victim in every conflict — sending out invitations to your pity party. This is the flip side, the psychological obverse, to the domineering impulse that takes pleasure in humiliating a 12-year-old girl as a “thoughtless little pig.”
Anybody can lose their temper. Anybody can unintentionally offend people. But a narcissist like Alec Baldwin can never accept that he is responsible for his own problems and failures, and so he must blame, inter alia, “a cancer on the American system.”
TheWire.com offers,”A List of the People Alec Baldwin Blames For His Personal Failures.” It’s a long list.