Joan Rivers has something to say about everything, even when her opinion is irrelevant and unasked for. That being said, none of us should be surprised that she felt the need to speak out in what I think was supposed to be defense of Alec Baldwin and his recent MSNBC firing over his use of homophobic slurs. I suppose Joan felt she should fight fire with fire, so when talking to TMZ, she went off on a rant that included using the words “nigger”, “chink” and “fairy”. Uh… WHAT?
I’ve always hated Joan Rivers and think she has zero idea of what’s supposed to be funny. “Shock” comedians don’t do anything for me – you’re not edgy or hilarious because you’re further marginalizing a group that’s already discriminated against. There is nothing appealing about that at all, nor is there anything appropriate about it. I know she’s an 80-year-old woman, but I sort of wish someone would walk by and bitch slap her right across the face. Not that violence is going to solve anything, I realise, but holy shit this makes my blood boil.
November 28, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
I’ve always really liked Alec Baldwin. His politics were seemingly spot on and he’s incredibly talented – definitely one of the best comedic actors of his generation, able to play the straight man (no pun intended) and further the hilarity of whatever piece (see 30 Rock for a perfect example). However, lately he’s becoming more and more of a bastard, and it’s a shame.
You know the story by now: he got in another fight with a reporter, used another gay slur, got suspended from his MSNBC show and then ultimately fired. While most decent people would realise the error of their ways and really reflect on that and work on what motivated that behaviour to begin with, Alec just thinks his dismissal is a victory for gay rights activists and it’s their fault it happened at all. I’m rolling my eyes.
“Showing a video in which I call someone a ‘cocksucking something’… you can’t really tell what I’m saying, and we live in a world in which the phrase ‘TMZ’s enhanced audio’ exists. ‘TMZ’s enhanced audio.’ And then with The Post… there’s nothing you can do when you get thrown in this washing machine, nothing. You know? Nothing. All you end up doing is just defending yourself all day long.”
“Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘cocksucking maggot’ or a ‘cocksucking motherfucker’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”
I should say that there are also claims that he flipped out when he wanted a makeup room at MSNBC, shouting about how he didn’t care if the woman in it at the moment had cancer or not. I don’t even know. How awful. Get some help, Alec.
November 28, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Alec Baldwin got fired from his brand new MSNBC show and it is my LOL of the day because really, Alec Baldwin is a dick. His homophobic rants got him suspended but now the network is saying, “Nah, let’s just get rid of this dude before things get worse.” That wasn’t an official statement, so here’s one from TMZ, plus some more info:
A rep for MSNBC called the firing “a mutual parting” ["Mutual" -- another LOL!] … adding, “We wish Alec all the best.”
[...] After the actor went on ANOTHER homophobic tirade earlier this month, the news network has finally decided to cut bait on Baldwin, who hosted the poorly-rated weekly show, “Up Late with Alec Baldwin.”
Sources close to the firing say the decision to axe Alec was based, in part, on his recent homophobic outbursts … when he called a photog a “cocksucking f-g.”
Hey, that’s okay, he’s still got his incredible Capital One commercials that air on Netflix every other goddamn commercial break.
November 27, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Ireland Baldwin is standing up for her dad, Alec Baldwin, who just got suspended by his new bosses at MSNBC for making gay slurs, again. Alec Baldwin is like a child, except in this case, instead of stealing from the cookie jar, he’s using hate speech, and instead of being grounded, he gets his show taken away from him for two weeks. Oh the life of a celebrity!
His daughter Ireland is standing up for him even though he infamously called her a pig in a very mean voice mail message that leaked a few years ago. I get wanting to defend your dad, but man, it’s kind of awkward how she does it. She turns to twitter and makes a series of tweets that are just kind of, “Oh girl, no.” And there’s just so many of them. She pulled a Kelly Osbourne. Here are all of her tweets, most recent to oldest:
Like, girl. Come on. COME ON.
November 18, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Oh, Alec Baldwin and that fiery Irish temper. He’s always lashing out at someone, but he seems to make gay people his target quite a lot, which is a bit unsettling. He’s apparently done it again to a reporter when asked about his recent stalker case. They got into a fight, he used some unsavory language and MSNBC has now taken Up Late with Alec Baldwin off air for two weeks.
Alec did apologise (again) for his fuckery, but it’s just kinda annoying me now (via MSNBC):
“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.
“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.”
SMH. Do I think Alec Baldwin is really homophobic? I used to think definitely not, but now I’m not so sure. When your default thought when pissed off is to use gay as an insult, methinks there may be an issue there.
November 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Alec Baldwin broke down and cried on the stand in court today, when he had to talk about his stalker, Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin. A lot of people in the courtroom though were quietly calling “shenanigans” suggesting that perhaps Baldwin was acting, and not even doing his best work. But Ms. Sabourin wasn’t quiet in the room — she was actually heckling him during his testimony. I’ve watched enough Law & Order to know that’s a no-no. Here’s more from Mercury News:
In teary testimony — which some courtroom witnesses called a poor acting job on his part — Baldwin said after Sabourin met him in 2010, she left as many as 30 voice mails and hundreds of emails, at first pleading and then threatening in nature, the Associated Press reported.
“It was nightmarish,” he said.
Speaking of nightmarish, Sabourin took up the role of heckler frequently during Baldwin’s testimony. At one point, the New York Daily News reported, she even claimed to know about a scar on the actor’s hip, adding, “I gotta prove that I had a sexual relationship. I didn’t do anything wrong. He’s lying. He’s lying,”
The judge threatened her with contempt if she continued her outbursts, and Sabourin was escorted by her attorney from the courtroom, the Daily News reported.
CHUNG CHUNG. Get Stabler in here.
Then, Mr. Baldwin had to deal with photographers as he left the courthouse, and we know how much he loves those. He allegedly told one of them, “I hope you choke to death.” Classy.