Alec Baldwin has said goodbye to public life for good … and he is not going away quietly.
The 30 Rock actor penned an explosive essay on New York magazine on his way out, slamming the likes of gay CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow and Shia LaBeouf.
‘I flew to Hawaii recently to shoot a film, fresh on the heels of being labeled a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice,’ he began. ‘… I’ve lived this for 30 years, [and] I’m done with [public life].’
‘I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible,’ he continued. ‘I’m aware that it’s ironic that I’m making this case in the media — but this is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.’
Baldwin went ahead to defend himself as a lover of the LGBT community despite how the media and gay organizations painted him as a homophobe when he allegedly called a photographer a ‘c**ksucking f*g’:
What happened is, a TMZ videographer ambushed me as I was putting my family in a car, and I chased him down the block and said, “C**ksucking motherf**ker” or whatever (when I have some volatile interaction with these people, I don’t pull out a pen and take notes on what I said). I knew that guy. This was a guy who is on a bike usually, and when we get in a car, he follows us. Very aggressive. The same guy who followed my wife on a bicycle, and when she slipped and fell trying to dodge him and hurt her leg, he laughed at her and said, “See what I made you do?” At my wife. How would that make you feel?
… 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.
Baldwin also aimed shots at his former employer MSNBC – and some of his colleagues – who fired him over the purported gay slur:
I watched MSNBC, prior to working there, very sporadically. Once I had signed a contract with them, I wanted to see more of what they were about. It turned out to be the same sh*t all day long. The only difference was who was actually pulling off whatever act they had come up with. Morning Joe was boring. Scarborough is neither eloquent nor funny. And merely cranky doesn’t always work well in the morning. Mika B. is the Margaret Dumont of cable news. I liked Chris Jansing a lot. Very straightforward. I like Lawrence O’Donnell, but he’s too smart to be doing that show. Rachel Maddow is Rachel Maddow, the ultimate wonk/dweeb who got a show, polished it, made it her own. She’s talented. The problem with everybody on MSNBC is none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be.
And as for Shia LaBeouf, Baldwin described him as someone who ‘seems to carry with him … a jailhouse mentality wherever he goes’ and ‘loves to argue.’
And as for the Transformers actor’ latest ‘I am not famous anymore’ red carpet stunt, Baldwin had this to say:
Shia LaBeouf went to a film screening recently and he wore a bag over his head and the bag says I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE. And there was truly a part of me that felt sorry for him, oddly enough.
Alec said much, much more … read the full essay right here.