After a day to cool down, Alec Baldwin apologizes about Twitter rant but not to editor
One day after Alec Baldwin’s explosive Twitter rage, the famous actor states that his choice of the word “queen” when describing the Daily News reporter, was not an attempt to putdown “anyone’s sexual orientation.”
All of the angry Tweets were directed at George Stark, a reporter that used Twitter timestamps to indicate that Alec’s pregnant wife, Hilaria, was on Twitter at James Gandolfini’s funeral. Phrases like “toxic little queen” and that Alec would, “put my foot up your f—ing ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much,” were some of the phrases that were used.
Baldwin reached out to GLAAD today (Friday) saying his attack was “ill-advised” but insisted that the words chosen “had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.” Baldwin wrote in the statement, “My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service. As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize.”
“I would not advocate violence against someone for being gay and I hope that my friends at GLAAD and the gay community understand that my attack on Mr. Stark in no way was the result of homophobia,” Baldwin stated. Talking to the Gothamist Baldwin said, “The idea of me calling this guy a ‘queen’ and that being something that people thought is homophobic … a queen to me has a different meaning. It’s somebody who’s just above. It doesn’t have any necessarily sexual connotations,” Baldwin explained. “To me a queen … I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny. It doesn’t have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation. To me those are people who think the rules don’t apply to them. This guy could blatantly lie, I mean blatantly lie about my wife on the internet and there are just no rules that apply to him, but that’s outrageous to me.”
The story has since been removed from the Daily Mail’s website.
It should be noted that depending on your Twitter client, timestamps are generally from your own timezone (or a local timezone) depending on the service. So before you claim a famous Hollywood, pregnant, wife is Tweeting at a funeral…check to see what time it really was.