So, I don't want to come right out and say that Alec Baldwin is completely nuts, but … I don't know, you guys, he sort of kind of maybe seems like he's possibly a little bit completely frickin nuts? I mean, it seems ironic that he's married to a yoga teacher, because Baldwin seems like he lost sight of his inner zen about twenty years ago.
The latest madness surrounding Alec Baldwin is tangentially related to the fact that his wife Hilaria Thomas is being sued by a guy who says he was dramatically injured in one of her classes. Apparently a New York Post writer and photographer approached Baldwin on Sunday to ask about the lawsuit, and … well, things got real ugly real fast. As in, Baldwin supposedly hurling death threats and racial slurs at the reporters.
Baldwin's denying it all, but considering his history with what I'll delicately refer to as "anger management issues," it's pretty hard to side with him on this one.
The Post claims that when the reporters asked Baldwin for a comment, he grabbed the female writer's arm and said "I want you to choke to death." (She has reportedly played an audio tape of the threat to police.) Baldwin allegedly went on to call staff photographer G.N. Miller a "a coon," "crackhead" and "drug dealer."
Police were called to the scene, and Baldwin and Miller both filed harassment claims against each other.
As is Alec Baldwin's habit, he immediately rushed to Twitter to rant about the encounter, referring to Miller as a "crackhead, ex jailhouse paparazzi." He also wrote,
Thank u 2 NYPD officers who came to my home 2day so that I could file a formal complaint against NY Post 'photographer' who assaulted me.
Most of his tweets have since been deleted.
I really REALLY don't want to think of Alec Baldwin as a racist guy, but exploding in rage isn't exactly anomalous behavior for him. It'd be a lot easier to believe the NY Post was making the whole thing up if Baldwin's recent history didn't include getting in a physical scuffle with a photographer, constantly fighting on Twitter (one argument resulted in his target receiving a blizzard of racial slurs), having a total hissy fit when he was asked to turn off his electronic device on a plane, and -- look, I can't even keep up with all his meltdowns. Suffice to say there have been a TON, including that infamous taped phone call when he told his then 11-year-old daughter that she was a "rude, thoughtless little pig."
Baldwin is of course denying that he used racial slurs during the incident. His spokesperson says the claims are "completely false," and Baldwin says,
If you want to paint a picture of me that is a denigrating picture, I've seen that. If you want to put words in my mouth...I've certainly had my moments. But this is not one of them. I don't think I've ever uttered a racial epithet to someone in my lifetime.
Ugh, who knows what to believe, but I think Alec Baldwin would be much better off if he and his wife moved to some remote Caribbean island where she could teach yoga on the beach and he could live a life of blissful seclusion. Whatever happened on Sunday with those Post reporters, he's clearly not getting any better at managing unwanted paparazzi encounters.
What's your guess on this story -- do you think Baldwin really did stoop to racist insults?
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