Alec Baldwin would like for everyone to know that he is definitely not homophobic because he has gay friends and didn’t say that thing we all think he said.
In a lengthy New York Magazine piece that was published over the weekend, Baldwin goes into great detail about his firing last from MSNBC last fall after he (probably) called a paparazzo a homophobic slur, but he swears he is not a homophobe because all of his best friends are gay:
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.
The actor says that he has never used a homophobic or racial slur, even though there is video evidence of the actor (again, probably) using a homophobic slur and (maybe) a racial one.
Baldwin also called out MSNBC, saying that the network is “full of shit,” that nobody there is funny even though they think they are. He calls Rachel Maddow a “phony” and says that she was integral in his firing.
“I think Rachel Maddow is quite good at what she does,” Baldwin said. “I also think she’s a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.”
Baldwin said that he “loathes” the media, left and right.
“[T]he liberals have taken the bait and run in the same direction—and it’s just as corrosive,” he said. “MSNBC, in its own way, is as full of shit, as redundant and as superfluous, as Fox.”
The multimillionaire actor decries his celebrity status, saying that “this is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.” (Okay, Shia LaBeouf.)
Speaking of Shia, Baldwin takes on the petulant actor who he got into an altercation with during rehearsals for the Broadway play “Orphans.” LaBeouf was fired from the play after the incident.
“He had that card, that card you get when you make films that make a lot of money that gives you a certain kind of entitlement,” Baldwin said. “I think he was surprised that it didn’t work in the theater.”