Alec Baldwin Shines Light On The Gay Department of Justice
Outspoken actor Alec Baldwin has cast a light on what he calls The Gay Department of Justice or as I call them The Gay Gatekeepers. Baldwin wrote a lengthy essay about his experience being demonized and labeled a homophobe by the media due to peculiar situations with paparazzi and journalistic media figures.
Constantly harassed by paparazzi and tabloid reporters; in one instance Baldwin states he was falsely accused of calling one tabloid photographer a “faggot,” and he defended but also apologized for calling another tabloid reporter a “toxic little queen.”
As far as being homophobic, Baldwin states;
“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 goes on to describe what happened that fateful day when he was accused of using a gay slur;
“But—I’m sorry, I can’t let go of this—do people really, really believe that, when I shouted at that guy, I called him a “faggot” on-camera? Do you honestly believe I would give someone like TMZ’s Harvey Levin, of all people, another club to beat me with?
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, “Cocksucking motherfucker” 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?”
Nonetheless after Baldwin’s very open and telling of events as he perceived them, The Gay Gatekeepers are calling Baldwin’s essay, a rant, an unloading, and confessions of a homophobe. Being honest I get where he’s coming from.
Mr. Baldwin stated that as an actor, he works in an industry that’s “awash in gay people,” whom he calls colleagues and friends. This is one of the reasons he decided to reach out to a nationally recognized LGBT organization to gain understanding. Below is an expert of the interaction between himself and one of the gay activists that was present during the meeting;
“One young man, an F-to-M tranny, said, “Are you here to get dry-cleaned, like Brett Ratner?” Meaning I could do some mea culpa, write them a six-figure check, go to a dinner, sob at the table, give a heartfelt speech, beg for forgiveness. I thought to myself: Beg for forgiveness for something I didn’t do?
I said, “No. I don’t want to get dry-cleaned. I don’t want to be decontaminated by you, Karen Silkwood–wise, scrubbed down. I want to learn about what is hurtful speech in your community. I want to participate in some programs about that. Or underwrite one. And then, like you, I just want to be left alone.”
This interaction was eerily similar to the responses Cypher Avenue received when we attempted to dialogue with some of our critics. They did not want to have a conversation or share ideals, no, as one stated, they wanted to “educate us”. For me, this was a clear display of their elitism, faux superiority and indicative of The Gay Gatekeepers. They are the teachers and we the mere masculine Stone Age oafs who need to be educated.
If you have time, the essay is an interesting read. Baldwin goes into detail as to why he refers to Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow and some others as The Gay Department Of Justice. He also shares his thoughts about liberal media.
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