Who Makes The Rules?

I did the workout from hell last night, and today I feel like I’ve been beaten with a baseball bat (actually, not too far off…it was a tractor tire and a couple of lines of retired fire hose). So I was bored out of my mind this morning reading through pop culture news and came across something I had considered posting last night. Now that I can hardly move it seems like a fantastic idea.

Alec Baldwin, the perpetual two-year-old of Hollywood lore, pitched another fit. This time it was scathingly homophobic. In fact, it was so bad that his Twitter account was suspended. That takes some serious try.

Apparently, gay British journalist George Stark wrote a story in the Daily Mail (it has since been removed) accusing the eldest Baldwin brother’s wife of Tweeting smoothie recipes during the funeral for actor James Gandolfini. Now…I’m sure it’s no major surprise that he has no class. He left a horrid voicemail calling his own daughter a “rude, thoughtless little pig” after she failed to show for a weekend visit a few years back. He’s had several public meltdowns since, but this one took it.

He started off coolly enough, flatly saying that the story wasn’t true. He couldn’t just leave it there, though. Oh, no. This is Alec Baldwin we’re talking about. He has a reputation to uphold! He promptly fired off a series of Tweets calling Stark a “toxic little queen” then, after threatening to “f**k…you…up” he seethed, “I’d put my foot up your f**king a**, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much” and then called on all of his followers to “straighten out this f**king little b**ch.”

The fact that he has any followers left speaks ill of the intelligence of Americans in the modern age.

Of course, we are also talking about the same society that gave a Grammy award to a vicious fraction of a man who beat his girlfriend nearly senseless before dumping her out of his car and leaving her there.

The rest of Hollywood has either learned to live with his crap or they actually like it. I’m not sure which I believe, and an honest case could be made for both. Mel Gibson was rightly put in his place after his drunken “Jews are responsible for all of the wars in the world” rant. He’s hardly seen a decent film set (or theater turnout) since. Paula Deen admitted to using a racial slur once nearly three decades ago and she’s being dropped like a plague-infected locust.

Alec Baldwin goes on a rant where he openly threatens a gay man, mocks his sexual orientation, and he somehow gets a free pass. The press practically yawns. He gets off the next day by calling himself “someone who fights against homophobia” in an apology after he deletes his entire Twitter account. Never mind the fact that after years in Hollywood, the man knows how tabloid-y British press can be and how they’ll latch onto something like this and he STILL loses his mind over it.

Matt Damon, Jeneane Garofalo, Sean Penn…Alec Baldwin. All of these people have displayed such arrogant, childish, and ignorant behavior that I can’t stomach seeing them on film anymore. I just can’t take them seriously.