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Anderson Cooper Doesn’t Think Alec Baldwin Should Be Let Off The Hook

Posted on June 29th, 2013 at 9:18 am
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After Alec Baldwin lashed out at Daily Mail writer George Stark, calling him a “toxic little queen” and threatening to beat him up, openly-gay CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was appalled — and even more appalled because the 30 Rock star is seemingly let off the hook.

Alec did what any crisis management publicist would recommend – write a letter to GLAAD.

In it, he said,  “My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail 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.”

He also talked to Gothamist saying he didn’t mean “queen” as an anti-gay slur.

“A queen to me has a different meaning,” he said. “It’s somebody who’s just above. It doesn’t have any necessarily sexual connotations. 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.”

But like many — Anderson Cooper was not convinced, tweeting:

“Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a ‘queen’ they would be vilified.”

Point well taken Anderson!

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    • Michael

      Paula Deen makes racial slurs about African Americans years ago and loses every sponsor she had. Let see if Alec Baldwin’s Gay American rants cause Capital One to drop him, or if “Hollywood producers” decides they no longer want him in their films. I think he will get the pass, @GLAAD has already accepted his apology and is ready to move forward, shame on them.

    • http://www.twitter.com/breanna_monique Breanna_Monique

      Not to sound ignorant, but I have tons of gay friends, and they refer to themselves as queens, and I refer to them as queens, because it’s not a big deal to us. I don’t even think it’s a negative word, since it’s just the shortened form of “drag queen”.

      • Erin

        You don’t sound ignorant. I think it depends on the context, too.. Like other slang words, they’re OK within your group of friends or talking about yourself, but when it was obviously meant as an attack.. Not cool :)

        • http://www.twitter.com/breanna_monique Breanna_Monique

          Yeah, I totally get what you’re saying.

    • Guest

      I agree with cooper. Alec in the past has used vulgar terms and viciousness in his replies to anything he doesn’t agree with ( even to his own daughter! ). I think his apology wasn’t really a ‘sorry’, but rather a lame attempt trying to justify what he meant. We ALL know EXACTLY what he meant! Does he think we’re stupid, or is he that egocentric to even notice the stench of his own bullshit?