Alec Baldwin’s mouth gets him in a lot of trouble. No, he didn’t verbally abuse his rude, thoughtless little pig of a daughter this time. However, he did offend a Philippine Senator.
It all started when Alec appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman. When asked if he’d like to have more children he gave an offhand reply in which he indicated that he’d like to find a Filipino mail-order bride.
That comment incensed Senator Ramon Revilla who said Baldwin’s joke was “insensitive and uncalled for.” Though I can understand the dude being offended, and feeling that his culture was offended, he got a little crazy with the rage. Using a regional idiom that indicated that the senator would personally beat Baldwin, Revilla said “Let him try to come here in the Philippines and he’ll see mayhem.”
Today on Huffington Post, Alec posted a mea culpa which will hopefully protect him from cane-wielding senators.
I’d like to offer an apology and a clarification to remarks I made recently.
While on the David Letterman program, I joked that I might need a “mail-order bride” to achieve the goal of having more children in my life. I believe that most people understood that this was a joke and took it as such. (A dated reference, no doubt, and another sign of my advancing age.) However, I do apologize to anyone who took offense. The comments of some Philippine government officials come as no surprise to me, either. Even the one by a former action film star-turned-Senator who beckoned me to come to the Philippines so he could “beat” me over my comment.
Such anger and frustration about the issue of sex trafficking is understandable. The Philippines has suffered significant problems with the issue of sex trafficking and I would like to turn your attention to the work of an organization called Love146 that my brother Stephen educated me about. Visit their website at www.love146.org and learn of the important work that is being done, in various regions of the world, by Rob Morris and his co-founders and staff.
I had met with Rob in New York, some months before the Letterman appearance, in the hopes of helping him raise money for this group. Again, I apologize for the perceived insensitivity of that remark and ask you to visit the Love146 site.
You can read his whole blog here as this excerpt is part of a larger apology. Turns out Baldwin ticked off the entire U.S. automaker industry as well. But that’s another story.
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I am no fan of Alec Baldwin’s by any means (Okay, I’ll admit he’s a pretty good actor and makes me laugh when he appears on SNL.), but can we all just please lighten up with the political correctness crap! I’ve been hearing people make jokes about foreign born mail-order brides for ions and nobody ever complained about the cultural or ethnic insensitivity of them. Are we all supposed to deny that there really aren’t scores of mail order brides coming out of Manilla (try Cherryblossoms.com) or Moscow? Now all of a sudden, because Baldwin’s made a reference to it on TV, he or his publicist feel he needs to apologize for it. Senator Revilla (a.k.a Sen. Douchebag), lighten up — it’s called a joke — and try putting more focus on working to eliminate the mass poverty that exists in your country and less about what TV stars who are 10,000 miles away are saying.
I agree. If he weren’t white, I doubt that this would have been an issue at all.
Just like Senor Loco I am not a huge fan of Mr. Baldwin either. However, I appreciate that he took responsibility and apologized (even though he probably shouldn’t have to). Perhaps he is learning how to be a better person……….
Or perhaps he just need to shut his pie hole…..
The phrase “the truth hurts” comes to mind. Alec Baldwin made a joke about women who make a choice to seek out ‘rich’ foreign husbands. This is reality in so many countries.
Not surprising for the good senator to react this way. Politicians in (horribly corrupt) countries like the Philippines and Thailand usually do when a Westerner brings this sort of thing up.
His outrage would be better directed at his colleagues who profit directly and indirectly from the young women of his country. However, to do so wouldn’t be a very safe thing to do and he’d be more likely to receive a bullet for his trouble than a beating.
His mail-order bride crack comes on the heels of his referring to his two sisters as “the galley slaves.” I don’t take issue with jokes about mail-order brides, but this man is an idiot.
Speaking personally, he also could stand to learn some manners.
They’re jokes. Get over it. If you’re gonna get mad at bad humor, go yell at Dane Cook.
Don’t listen to whatever Bong Revilla says. Election in the Philippines is drawing near that’s why he’s making ‘noise’ for himself.
It was obviously a joke. But then again, the truth really hurts. Oh well!
It saddens me that our Senators focus their attention more on some useless crap.
The Russian mail order brides are better :). PS Alec is great in 30 rock. WATCH IT!!!
Agreed! Who in their right mind would actually choose a Filipino mail order bride over a hot Russian? If you’re gonna do that, just get a Mexcian one and at least she’ll cook well.
oh and you have something against Filipinas now, do you?
here i was thinking the best brides were the ones that you didn’t have to pay for because their from impoverished countries and if they weren’t desperate for a green card they’d sooner mace you than give you the time of day. But then thats something you’ll never know about.
People need to rediscover their damned senses of humor
Sit down and shut up, bakla Philippines
I think you’re Filipino.
If it was funny, I could see why they would need to “go and rediscover their sense of humor.” His f*cking comment is so WACK and non-hilarious.
Filipino families are large and in charge and I can guarantee they are mass emailing each other on yahoo groups with calls for Alec Baldwin’s penis on a platter. They are organized and disciplined and they will boycott him forever and ever and ever.
If he ever hopes to have a project that is distributed or marketed in Southeast Asia, he will be very sorry to find he will have lost that derivative income.
And no baon for him.
i love him so much. ever since the 30rock episode when he calls the guys at NASA a “bunch of nerds.”