Alec Baldwin resigns from famousness

It’s OK that Alec Baldwin has slightly lost his looks and gained a few pounds. It’s only made him more likeable.
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Here is a partial list of things and people Alec Baldwin slams in New York Magazine today: the paparazzi, homophobes, people who think Alec Baldwin is a homophobe, “CSI,” a man in Hawaii who answers the phone rudely, Shia LaBeouf, Rachel Maddow, Broadway, New York, America, the world, 2013.

Baldwin has penned a lengthy piece that is purportedly his resignation from public life, but the bulk of it is essentially a rebuttal to everything you’ve read or heard about him in the past year. Everything, from his failed attempt to costar with Shia LaBeouf on Broadway to his canceled MSNBC show to allegations that he’d used a gay slur, is addressed and found to be the fault of a vicious paparazzi culture whose main purpose is to make Alec Baldwin look bad.

Baldwin keeps returning to one episode: An incident in 2013 when a photographer tried to take a picture of Baldwin and his baby daughter, and the actor chased him down the street cussing him out. According to TMZ, Baldwin called him a “faggot.” Baldwin insists that’s not true, but he blames the fact that he’s been falsely labeled a homophobe for everything from the cancellation of his MSNBC show (well, he also blames Rachel Maddow for that) to the fact that he probably can’t run for mayor of New York now.

I would have slightly more sympathy for Baldwin’s plight if he hadn’t used the word “tranny” in the article. Still, the piece is amusing for exactly the thing Baldwin claims to deplore: celebrity gossip. Shia LaBeouf screamed at him for not knowing his lines! Rachel Maddow viewed him as “equivalent to Mel Gibson”! Juicy, Alec. Tell us more.


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