Alec Baldwin's insipid defense of gay slur
You may have heard or seen Alec Baldwin's tirade at a reporter, calling him a "c**k-s**king f**got." This is a no no in liberal fairy land (oops! Did I really write that? It means a land of make believe for all you politically correct numbskulls out there keeping score.)
Baldwin's TV show was suspended for two weeks by MSNBC. And the actor/host dutifully apologized for all those who pretended to or actually did take offense at his remarks:
"I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have - and for that I am deeply sorry," Baldwin said in a statement posted on MSNBC.com. "Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand 'Up Late' will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week."
"I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at MSNBC - both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology."
Earlier on Friday evening Baldwin sent out a cryptic tweet: "All good things must...:"
Critics immediately launched on the network and Baldwin for not issuing an apology. Andrew Sullivan called the network "a bunch of hypocrites and phonies" over the "continued violent and homophobic bigotry" of the MSNBC host.
Now Baldwin has taken to the pages of Huffpo with an insipid explanation for his choice of words; maybe he didn't say "f**got":
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. My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on November 22nd itself, dealing with John Kennedy's assassination. That show is off the air now. I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show. It's heartbreaking to me that the show, meant to coincide with the actual anniversary, will not be aired that night. The show is no doubt a work in progress and one that I believe featured some interesting guests and disseminated a good deal of interesting information. But if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it. We do take a small amount of pride in knowing that we beat CNN in the ratings each of our nights. (I forget who they had on at that time.)
Whoopee! Baldwin's show on one invisible network beat a show on another invisible network! Well, that's certainly something to be proud of, eh?
But did you catch his belief that he for sure, 100%, cross my heart and hope to die that he never uttered the "F" word? That's because on the tape, the word is "unclear." What kind of nonsense is that? He doesn't remember what he said? Not only that, since you can't really make out the word itself, that means I'm in the clear because you can't prove it!
It's like a white civil rights activist continuously using the word "ni**er" and then claiming he's the soul of tolerance. Such apologias only work on liberals who are pre-disposed to dismiss the transgressions of their fellow ideological warriors while savaging conservatives for far less.