Outside his apartment this morning, Alec Baldwin and his family were swarmed by paparazzi, as they often are. Baldwin became irate and chased them away, as he often does. Then he directed a gay slur at one of them — in this case, "cock-sucking fag" — as he often does.
In 1992, Baldwin called a horse-drawn-carriage driver a "faggot" for supporting the expansion of carriage rides outside of Central Park. In September of 2011, Baldwin referred to a Starbucks barista as an "uptight queen." In June of 2012, Baldwin called Daily News editor-in-chief Colin Myler an "English Queen." In June of 2013, Baldwin called Daily Mail journalist George Stark a "toxic little queen" who would "dig it" if Baldwin stuck his foot up his ass.
Baldwin will probably apologize for his latest bout of gay-slur Tourettes. He may point to his advocacy on behalf of marriage equality and insist that calling someone a fag has nothing to do with homophobia. And sure, we'd bet that Baldwin doesn't actually have anything against gay people. But he obviously does have a troubling knee-jerk tendency to use homophobic slurs when he gets angry. That's something he should probably work on fixing if he wants to sit with the cool kids in the MSNBC cafeteria.
Update: Baldwin, as he often does, is denying he said something homophobic. Specifically, he's arguing against the "fag" part, to say nothing of "cock-sucking":
If @TMZ asserts that I used an anti-gay epithet, I will sue them.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 14, 2013
Acoustic analysis proves the word is fathead. Fathead.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 14, 2013
Anti-gay slurs are wrong. They not only offend, but threaten hard fought tolerance of LGBT rights.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 14, 2013
But right wing liars want those words to come out of liberals mouths. They need them to.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 14, 2013
One unintended consequence of this type of thing is that I get to block so much of that right wing trash that vents here.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 14, 2013
I know that @TMZ would go to any lengths to bury me. But, try again.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 14, 2013
I'm grateful to all of the ppl I meet + hear from who recognize that I would never say something to offend my friends in the gay community.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 14, 2013
Update, 6:35 p.m.: GLAAD National Director of News Ross Murray is sad:
I don’t know what he’s thinking when he says what he says. I know he’s someone who has worked with us in the past. That’s why it gets hard when he comes back and does the same thing over and over again. We will have to take some time and think about how to respond.
A GLAAD spokesman added:
Mr. Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice. It's clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.