The actor allegedly called him a “c–ksucking f-g,” however Baldwin claims he said, “fathead,” and later apologized for the first term, insisting he didn’t know it was offensive to gay people, according to Huffington Post.
These comments caused a lot of controversy, including MSNBC canceling the next two weeks of his show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin.
Baldwin released this statement on MNSBC’s website:
“I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.
“I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at MSNBC – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.”
However, despite his apologies, GLAAD and Anderson Cooper aren’t pleased.
“Mr. Baldwin can’t fight for equality on paper while degrading gay people in practice,” a GLAAD representative told FOX411.
Cooper tweeted “Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again. How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?”
Then later, “Just read Alec Baldwin’s latest excuses. They are actually so ridiculous they are funny.”
This isn’t the first time Baldwin has offended the LGBT community. Last July he threatened to beat up a male reporter, calling him a “toxic little queen” and a “f**ing little b*tch.”
Some thought he would lose his Capitol One endorsement, however according to the CEO of 5WPR, Ronn Torossian, Capitol One knew what they were getting into when they hired Baldwin.
“Alec Baldwin is Alec Baldwin. At this point, it is frankly part of his shtick and it defines the man. Is there any surprise that a man who insults and degrades his 11-year-old daughter screams anti-gay insults? ” Torossian said. “My guess is that both Capitol One and MSNBC are both waiting this story out to see where it goes.”
Though thousands have tweeted their anger with the actor, urging Capitol One to drop the star, it seems like he’s there to stay.
“Alec seems to have been given a free pass by the Hollywood community,” said Elissa Buchter, founder of Schmooze Public Relations. “While others like Paula Deen have watched their careers go up in flames as a result of hate speech, Baldwin’s popularity has remained mostly unfettered.”
Baldwin shot back at GLAAD recently, telling Gothamist: “Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made…if I called him ‘cocksucking maggot’ or a ‘cocksucking motherfucker’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy— Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”
We asked Ferraro for comment and he said: “I consider GLAAD’s campaigns to end the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts, raise national visibility of the violence and inequality facing transgender people, and battling for marriage equality to be among my ‘greatest triumphs.’ But if a teacher, coach, local radio show host, or parent realizes that anti-LGBT slurs are outdated and unacceptable because of this Baldwin issue, I guess we’ll call it a win. Alec Baldwin’s team has not been open to turning this incident into an opportunity for public education and that’s unfortunate.”