Honestly. I’ve been turning into a loud, angry feminist this week, starting off with a certain “state” in the country–I mention no names. (My apologies to my beloved SilverFox husband, for my own rants.) Just know, I’ll be all over the map on this post, as I tend to do when something really gets my wet, stinky goat.
By now, everyone knows about the fallout from Paula Deen’s use of a completely unacceptable word. Dropped like a hot tater by EVERY SINGLE professional partnership she ever signed on with–and rightly so. My question to you is, why the gotdamnhell does Alec Baldwin continually get away with nasty behavior and slurs?
Let’s take a look at Baldwin’s rant on Twitter yesterday, as he “defended” his wife when she was accused of Tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral in New York yesterday:
Um. Wow. That’s some ugly Tweeting right there. Does Baldwin get away with this kind of talk because, allegedly, he’s a liberal man?? God knows, we’ve crucified (ahem) Mel Gibson for the bile he has spewed, but he’s a known conservative nutball, right? What if, say, Melissa McCarthy were the one in question here? What kind of backlash would she be getting? Fired from CBS? Boycotting of her new film? I guaran-effing-TEE we’d being seeing some woman-hate and not merely a collective shrug-off like, “oh, that ALEC and his silly temper!” I don’t see Capitol One dropping his ass, do you?
In other words, Baldwin gets a giggly-pass for his Words With Friends On A Planeperformance, another Twitter rant regarding a Starbuck’s barista.
Oh. Does anyone remember the voicemail Mr. Baldwin left his then 11-year old daughter, Ireland for not answering her phone at the designated time? Do the words “thoughtless little pig” ring a bell? Let me refresh your memory:
Is it just me? Or does this award-winning blow-hard just GET to do this shit? What are your feelings on this guy? I know of one journalist who doesn’t take kindly to Baldwin’s dirty mouth:
I believe Alec Baldwin could PUBLICLY call a woman the c-word and get away with doing so, because it’s a man’s world.
Paris Hilton is under fire today after she was overheard saying “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world… they’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS”, in response to learning about the app Grindr is and how it’s used.
Well, that statement is just outlandish and a completely false assumption. That would be similar to saying that everyone with a lazy eye is a boat-footed, foul-mouthed, homophobic airhead. Because clearly, the only proof of that would be you, Paris.
For those of you who don’t know, Grindr is a geo-social networking app for iPhone, used primarily by gay men to find hook-up and dating partners in their area.
As if simply making such a ridiculous statement and offending the majority of the people keeping her remotely relevant wasn’t enough, Hilton’s rep then tried to smooth the situation over by releasing the following statement:
“Paris Hilton’s comments were to express that it is dangerous for anyone to have unprotected sex that could lead to a life threatening disease.”
Oh, so it was a comment made with awareness in mind. I bet the gay community is extremely lucky to have Paris Hilton looking out for their well-being.
The situation only escalated when a tweet was posted from the twitter account of the Grindr app itself. Sent directly to Paris, and linking to a picture of her with her ex-boyfriend Doug Reinhardt, who happened to be dressed as a fairy; the tweet reads:
@parishilton, frankly we’re surprised that you hadn’t heard about Grindr sooner, given some of the guys you date.
Ooof. Much like everything else in life, Paris Hilton – 0, Gays – 1.
Well, well, well. If y’all haven’t heard, director Brett Ratner who had signed on as producer of the 84th Academy Awards, due to his stupid homophobic slur on the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM has stepped down (?) as producer of the upcoming Academy Awards.
Ratner, who is known for being a bit of an a-hole in the industry. Wasn’t he on Entourage portraying, well, himself? I remember being irritated at his arrogance even then. So now Eddie Murphy has quit as the host of the Oscars in alliance for Ratner’s resignation. Oh, did I mention that Murphy is in the Ratner-directed movie Tower Heist?
“It was a dumb way of expressing myself,” he said in a statement. “Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.
“…”I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents,” he stated. (Read full statement below.)
Dear Colleagues,Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.
As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.
So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.
As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.
I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.
Sincerely, Brett Ratner
You know, I call bullshit on this, and I’m probably not the only one who feels this way. I don’t even believe Ratner wrote his little Cover His Ass Letter of Apology. It’s just a gut feeling, and doesn’t hold up in court…but I tend to trust my instincts.
Once an arrogant jerk, always an arrogant (and homophobic) jerk. Oh, and guess what else? I’m not going to see Tower Heist. Eddie Murphy is also widely known for his extreme homophobic “comedic” routines. You guys can’t have it both ways; if Mel Gibson was reamed a new a-hole for his horrible racist/sexist/anit-semitic rants, (and rightly so), why do Ratner and Murphy think they are above reproach? That’s it dudes–stick together for the sake of making some bucks off that movie of yours.
So now who’s gonna fill in for these two? I vote for Alec Baldwin minus Steve Martin, who has become such a snip the past 10 years or so. His envy of Alec is coming in loud and clear. I loved Jon Stewart as host, but I’d be surprised if he would be asked to return.