You would think leftist actor Alec Baldwin would have learned his lesson last fall when his MSNBC show was cancelled after video surfaced of him hurling an anti-gay insult at a photographer. But, alas, Baldwin is at it again – this time lashing out at former Mitt Romney aid Garrett Jackson.
“Alec Baldwin is a guy who's been protected by these companies and their P.R. people and everything else,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “And now because of Facebook and Twitter and viral video and, you know, cameras everywhere, you can see who people really are. You can get to know them. And so they will excel or they will fail based on their own merit. Did you see that Alec Baldwin had yet another homophobic outburst yesterday?”
The tense Twitter exchange, which was initially reported by BuzzFeed, began when Baldwin tweeted the following message about the Keystone XL pipeline documentary Above All Else:
The film ABOVE ALL ELSE shows how oil, and keystone in particular, destroy our lives..— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) April 9, 2014
Jackson responded to that tweet with a dig at the entertainment industry:
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
The two went back and forth from there, with Baldwin jabbing Jackson’s work on the failed Romney campaign. But things took a turn for the worse when Baldwin noticed the picture Jackson uses as his Twitter avatar.
“You're on your knees in that photo. What's up with that, Garrett?” Baldwin asked before adding: “While you’re on your knees, you can polish my Emmys.”
“Come on! Being a homophob[e] has gotten you in enough trouble,” Jackson countered.
Jackson ultimately got the last word, pointing out that Baldwin had deleted both of the 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
“He's on a self-destructive path, and he keeps blaming it on everybody [else],” Glenn said. “He blamed it, early on, on Los Angeles. And then he moved to New York to get away from evil Los Angeles. Then he started blaming it on New York – it's just these awful New Yorkers… He's going to start blaming it on Los Angeles again until he figures out [he] could move anywhere in the world but you can't run from [yourself].”
While Baldwin and studio executives have consistently made excuses for his homophobic behavior, Baldwin’s true colors always seem to find a way to reveal themselves.
“I think he's a great example of: You are who you are, and you're going to take it with you,” Glenn concluded. “I read the stat yesterday… a couple of months ago that said it takes five years of consistently trying before a person can actually affect their behavior in a consistent everyday way because you're so used to that pattern… I tell you, I'm expecting really big and different things in my life in 2015… I hope I'm going to be able to stabilize who I want to be – not who I had allowed myself to become. That's our goal – isn't it – to try to be better and better.”
Front page image courtesy of the AP