This is the question Anderson Cooper posed on his twitter account (@andersoncooper):
“Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a “queen” they would be vilified.”
The question was posed in response to Alec Baldwin threatening, via Twitter, a Daily Mail reporter who reported that Alec’s wife, Hilaria, was sending tweets about anniversary shopping during a funeral. Alec tweeted:
“My wife and I attended a funeral to pay our respects to an old friend, and some toxic Brit writes this f***ing trash … If put my foot up your f***ing ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.”
“I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f***… you… up.”
Joe Jervis of Joe. My. God. notes that Alec Baldwin has been a support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the past.
I think that Baldwin does get our forgiveness more easily than others who would tweet the same thing. I think this happens because Baldwin is a supporter of our community. Baldwin isn’t, actively, seeking to keep us from being married; to fire us from our jobs; or to prevent us from adopting. He gets this ‘pass’ from the community because when he’s not tweeting the crazy, he doesn’t disparage gay people in the way a tweet like Bryan Fischer does.
Also, it’s the action that Baldwin is furious about, not the orientation of the person. The orientation is secondary in his anger. Baldwin is hopping mad because the reporter in question disparaged Baldwin’s wife. Similarly, in the barista incident, where he also used the term ‘queen’, Baldwin is pissed about the service or “attitude” of the barista in question. Baldwin’s not pissed that the person in question may or may not be gay. He’s using ‘queen’ as put down of the attitude or service, not just the person themselves.
This brings us to our final point. Alec gets a pass because he really hasn’t done much more than we have ourselves. We’ve all referred, internally, within the community ourselves about those queens, catty gays, bitches when we’ve encountered them. Most of the time, though, we don’t do it so the whole world can read it. If we’re asking should Alec get a ‘pass’ for using this language and his behavior, we should, also, be asking ourselves why we get one, too.