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Alec Baldwin Hates Fox News, and His Own Children

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.”

Baldwin recounts a previous episode:

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.”

Ace called attention to this part of Baldwin’s latest rant:

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.” offers,”A List of the People Alec Baldwin Blames For His Personal Failures.” It’s a long list.



18 Responses to “Alec Baldwin Hates Fox News, and His Own Children”

  1. joethefatman
    February 25th, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

    His biggest problem, as I see it anyway, is that he’s a big mouthed slimy a$$hole with a side of douchebag thrown in for good measure.

  2. Quartermaster
    February 25th, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    That list isn’t so long. I can understand some of his anger. The Queer Justice league is after anyone that shows an inkling of apostasy on the left and especially for anyone telling the truth about them. That Baldwin is a leftist makes it even worse since the left will severely punish any transgression among their own so as to keep them in line. Would that so called Conservatives would stick together enough to do the same.

  3. robertstacymccain
    February 25th, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

    Obviously, I oppose the Gay Speech Monitors. That’s not the point at all. The point is that lots of people have had to deal with this kind of stuff — I mean, have you seen my SPLC file? — without climbing up on the cross of innocent martyrdom and blaming society like Baldwin does.

    He is simply unable to accept responsibility for his own clearly outrageous actions. Baldwin is captive to the myth of his own blamelessness,

  4. Quartermaster
    February 25th, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

    I saw your point. Just saying I understand some of his anger. Some is righteous, most is not.

    A SPLC file just means you’re doing the right things.

  5. Mike G.
    February 25th, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

    Back in the day, calling someone a “Goddamn Son Of A Bitch” was quite the insult and could result in serious repercussions for the utterer of the phrase. But I guess these days, it’s passe.

    There is a distinct difference between calling someone a queer, a true statement, and calling them a son of a bitch, impugning the circumstances of their birth and an insult to their Mother.

    Just sayin’.

  6. joethefatman
    February 25th, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

    I remember a few fights in school over someone calling my mom a b!tch like that. Quite a few. It was different when they called me names, but SOB was fighting words.

  7. DaveO
    February 25th, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    The Left lost Alec Baldwin and Piers Morgan as mouthpieces. At the rate the Left is eating its own foul-mouthed, shrill spokes-jerks, Alan Grayson and Toure’ whatsisname won’t last until spring.

  8. K-Bob
    February 25th, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

    I had the same experience. This is why I cringe every time I see someone on the right use that term, frankly. I remember one guy who said to the high school principal, “He called me a son of a bitch. My mom ain’t no bitch, sir,” when a few of us were hauled into the office about a particular troublemaker who was starting fights.

    I always admired that kid for standing up like that. He was smaller than me, and was definitely the wrong guy for the troublemaker in question to have messed with.

    (I was sucker punched by the troublemaker, so I had no one’s honor to defend but my own. All I did was stare him down and he left me alone.)

  9. K-Bob
    February 25th, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

    Baldwin knows he’s a screwup, offstage. He doesn’t care, because he’s still an ‘A’ list actor. That’s the problem. A right-leaning ‘A’ lister often goes right to ‘D’ list if he or she speaks up.

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  11. joethefatman
    February 25th, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

    Did you go to school in Houston in the 70’s? lol

  12. K-Bob
    February 25th, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

    Heh. Nope. I hope to end up in Texas some day, though!

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  15. Quartermaster
    February 26th, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    Saying your mother wore combat boost was enough to start a fight when I was a kid. By the 80s the response of one kid was “Yeah. Doesn’t everyone’s?”

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    February 26th, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

    The only reason Baldwin is talking about moving back to LA is because he knows there’s not a Starbucks left in NYC where he can get a latte that hasn’t been spit in.

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