'Daily Mail' Yanks Story on Alec Baldwin's Wife Tweeting at Gandolfini Funeral
After Alec Baldwin practically morphed into the Incredible Hulk, The Daily Mail has pulled down a factually incorrect story about his wife tweeting during the funeral of James Gandolfini last week.
The mercurial actor unleashed a profanity-filled Twitter tirade following Thursday's services for Gandolfini in New York City, targeting the online article's writer, George Stark, referring to Stark as a "toxic little queen" and writing "[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, Hilaria, denied the Daily Mail report, and a Los Angeles Times journalist at the funeral did not see either using a phone at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. The time-stamps on her tweets also showed she posted them after the 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," wrote Stark. "Messages included a request for ideas about wedding anniversary presents and promotional notes about her upcoming appearance on the Rachael Ray show."
That story is now MIA from the Daily Mail website, which specializes in guilty-pleasure celebrity and lifestyle stories that are frequently more salacious than substantive.
"We accept Mrs. Baldwin’s assertions that she did not Tweet from the funeral and apologize for any distress caused," said a rep for the U.K.-based outlet in a statement over the weekend. "But this was a genuine misunderstanding caused by a baffling defect in the Twitter platform and we would also call on Mr. Baldwin to withdraw his homophobic and threatening remarks."
Post-rant, the 30 Rock star deactivated his account on the micro-blogging site and issued an apology on Friday, telling GLAAD: "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."
But in an interview with Gothamist that day, he maintained 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," he attempted to explain.