Alec Baldwin Apologizes for Homophobic Twitter Rant
Alec Baldwin has apologized for launching a homophobic rant against a U.K. reporter on Twitter. On Friday, after Daily Mail reporter George Stark claimed in a report that Baldwin's wife, Hilaria Baldwin, had been texting during James Gandolfini's funeral, the former 30 Rock actor unleashed a series of tweets calling Stark a "toxic little queen," among other things.
But, after Baldwin took his Twitter account offline and began to field backlash for his comments, the actor apologized for his words. In a statement to GLAAD, Baldwin said, "My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone's sexual orientation. 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."
Baldwin continued, "I have worked, periodically, with numerous marriage equality organizations, especially over the past couple of years, to achieve the very rights that gay couples are earning by recent court decisions. 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."
GLAAD seems to have accepted Baldwin's apology, releasing the following statement, "Alec Baldwin is making it clear that the intent behind his tweets does not excuse his language, especially at a time when there were 11 incidents of violence against gay men in New York City just last month. As we all work to end such senseless acts of violence, allies like Baldwin are right to use these moments to reinforce support for the community and LGBT equality."
'Til the next Twitter rant.