He can't help himself, or he doesn't want to. Notoriously hot-tempered Twitter-fight addict Alec Baldwin, who has sworn off the service, the city, and public life multiple times, got into it again over basically nothing today, quickly resorting to his default tactic: questioning his opponent's manliness in a way that could be construed as homophobic."You're on your knees in that photo," Baldwin tweeted at former Mitt Romney aide Garrett Jackson, after a derisive mention of working in fashion. "What's up with that, Garrett?"
It all started with a tweet by Baldwin endorsing a documentary about the Keystone pipeline and a bad but innocuous comeback from Jackson:
Need to do a film on how you and Hollywood distort our lives RT@ABFalecbaldwin:ABOVE ALL ELSE shows how oil, and keystone destroy our lives— Garrett Jackson (@dgjackson) April 9, 2014
It devolved predictably from there, before Baldwin pulled back a bit and bragged about his Emmys:
Actually my hardest job yet-revitalizing your career @ABFalecbaldwin What lost cause you working on now Maybe a Newt Gingrich fashion line?— Garrett Jackson (@dgjackson) April 9, 2014
Come on! Being a homophob has gotten you in enough trouble@ABFalecbaldwin You're on your knees in that photo. What's up with that, Garrett?— Garrett Jackson (@dgjackson) April 9, 2014
Ha! While I am down there I will pick up the pieces of your failed show @ABFalecbaldwin While you're on your knees, you can polish my Emmys.— Garrett Jackson (@dgjackson) April 9, 2014
Even more predictably, Baldwin then deleted his potentially offensive tweets:
Glad @ABFalecbaldwin agent finally got to him to tell him to stop. Noticed he has deleted the on the knees tweet.— Garrett Jackson (@dgjackson) April 9, 2014
Baldwin has previously used the words "faggot," "uptight queen," "English Queen," "toxic little queen," and "cocksucking" in reference to his many enemies, none of which he meant in a gay way, of course. (Anderson Cooper even took the time to explain why "cocksucker" could be considered homophobic: "... to talk about a sexual act between two guys as being the worst thing you can possibly think of.")
In February, Baldwin wrote in New York:
Am I a homophobe? Look, I work in show business. I am awash in gay people, as colleagues and as friends. I’m doing Rock of Ages one day, making out with Russell Brand. Soon after that, I’m advocating with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cynthia Nixon for marriage equality. I’m officiating at a gay friend’s wedding. I’m not a homophobic person at all. But this is how the world now sees me.
Yeah — what's up with that, Alec?