Alec Baldwin Apologizes After Expletive-Filled Twitter Rant
The actor says calling a Daily Mail reporter a "queen" was not a dig at "anyone's sexual orientation.”
Alec Baldwin is apologizing for using homophobic language in a Twitter rant directed at Daily Mail reporter George Stark.
In a series of blistering tweets Thursday, Baldwin threatened Stark for reporting that Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, had tweeted during James Gandolfini's funeral service in New York. Among other insults, Baldwin referred to Stark as a “toxic little queen” and wrote “[I'd] put my foot up your f---ing ass, George Stark, but I'm sure you'd dig it too much."
Both Baldwin and his wife denied she tweeted during the funeral, and Baldwin deleted his Twitter account shortly after the rant.
In a statement to GLAAD on Friday, Baldwin said his “ill-advised attack” on Stark “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 wrote.
He went on to say he has worked with marriage equality organizations over the past few years.
“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,” Baldwin said.
In an interview with Gothamist on Friday, Baldwin said he would "never" apologize for defending his wife and explained his use of the word “queen.”
“The idea of me calling this guy a ‘queen’ and that being something that people thought is homophobic … a queen to me has a different meaning. It’s somebody who’s just above. It doesn’t have any necessarily sexual connotations,” Baldwin said. “To me a queen ... I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny. It doesn’t have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation. To me those are people who think the rules don’t apply to them. This guy could blatantly lie, I mean blatantly lie about my wife on the Internet, and there are just no rules that apply to him, but that’s outrageous to me.”
The trouble began Thursday, when a Daily Mail story reported that Hilaria Baldwin had been tweeting during Gandolfini’s funeral.
"The pregnant yoga instructor's social media feed was full of upbeat posts while the Sopranos star's friends, family and co-stars were gripped with grief at a New York Catholic church," read the story. "Messages included a request for ideas about wedding anniversary presents and promotional notes about her upcoming appearance on the Rachael Ray show."
The story took note of several retweets, including one promoting an Us Weekly story about her, and another from Rachael Ray's show plugging her recipe for a summer smoothie.
The story has since been removed from the Daily Mail’s website.
Baldwin responded to the report using his now-deleted @ABFalecbaldwin Twitter account.
"Someone wrote that my wife was tweeting at a funeral. Hey. That's not true. But I'm gonna tweet at your funeral," he wrote in tweets captured by Buzzfeed and other outlets.
He went on to add: "George Stark, you lying little bitch. I am gonna f--- you up. … I want all of my followers and beyond to straighten out this f---ing little bitch, George Stark. @MailOnline … My wife and I attend a funeral to pay our respects to an old friend, and some toxic Brit writes this f---ing trash … If put my foot up your f---ing ass, George Stark, but I'm sure you'd dig it too much … I'm gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna f--- ... you ...up." (Expletives have been censored by The Hollywood Reporter.)
Baldwin wrote that he no longer has a publicist because he "fired them" and said his wife did not use her phone during Gandolfini’s funeral.
"How much of this shit are people supposed to take? With these f---ing blatant lies EVERY DAY," he wrote, adding: "My wife DID NOT use her phone, in any capacity, at our friend's funeral. Now, f--- this Twitter + good luck to all of you who know the truth."
Hilaria Baldwin defended herself via Twitter, writing Thursday: “Here is some info ... When someone tweets something at a certain time, and you retweet it later, it posts the TIME the first person tweeted." She added she doesn’t "believe in bringing phones into a funeral and I never did and I never would."
On Friday, she tweeted a link to a Los Angeles Times story in which reporter Meredith Blake writes she did not see Hilaria Baldwin tweeting at the funeral.