Alec Baldwin is not the baddest of Hollywood’s bad boys. Not unlike Jack Donaghy, the character he played on “30 Rock,” Baldwin comes across as a self-involved cad, yet likable in a goofball sort of way.
The latest in the actor’s long line of hot-tempered, headline-grabbing episodes came in response to a report in the Daily Mail that his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, had been callously sending out tweets during James Gandolfini’s funeral. Baldwin shot off one of his own tweets, calling the offending reporter “a toxic little queen.” That remark, plus a bravado-tinged threat of homoerotic physical violence, got him in trouble with gay-rights groups.
Baldwin quickly issued an apology, noting his past support for gay causes, and offered an explanation of the “queen” comment. The word queen, he said, "doesn’t have any necessarily sexual connotations. 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."
Baldwin has shut down his Twitter account, pledging to never tweet again. Of course, he said the same thing twice before -- the first time after he got in a heated dispute with American Airlines flight attendants who tried to make him stop playing Words With Friends on his cellphone.