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From Cheyenne Jackson To Barney Frank, Find Out What’s Gay About The Tribeca Film Festival

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The Tribeca Film Festival may be Robert De Niro’s baby, but it’s not all hetero gangster films and indie versions of Meet The Fockers. This year there’s an abundance of films of LGBT-interest that will premiere at the NYC festival, which runs from April 16-27.

Scroll down to read about some of the movies we’re most looking forward to this year.

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Compared to What: The Improbably Journey of Barney Frank chronicles the first openly gay member of Congress, who paved the way for many pivotal LGBT political victories over the past 40 years. There’s also a sure-to-be interesting Tribeca Talk during which Frank will discuss his career with none other than media firebrand (and executive producer on the doc) Alec Baldwin.

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Love Is Strange, out director Ira Sachs’ intriguing follow-up to his acclaimed Keep The Lights On, focuses on a gay couple in Manhattan whose relationship is out to the test and stars John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Cheyenne Jackson.

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Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) tells the story of a young Venezuelan boy who straightens his hair everyday despite his parents’ homophobic complaints.

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The non-fiction film Next Goal Wins follows the American Samoa soccer team, including Jaiyah Saelua, the first transgender player ever to compete in an international FIFA World Cup qualifier.

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A Brony Tale looks at real-life dudes who really, really love My Little Pony.

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Pirouette inside the graceful world of one of the great ballet companies in the documentary Ballet 422.

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Dior and I offers a tantalizing behind-the-scenes peek into the creation of designer Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection.

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The fact-based Ice Poison looks at the ravaging effect of crystal meth use in faraway Myanmar.

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Puerto Rico’s transgender community is examined in the compelling doc Mala Mala.

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In the transgressive romance, Something Must Break, straight-identifying Andreas falls for transgender Sebastian/Ellie.

Sir Ian McKellen Puts Damian Lewis In His Place For Calling Him “Fruity” & Other Celeb Feuds

Sir Ian McKellen doesn’t take crap from anyone. Especially not from TV actor Damian Lewis.

During an interview with the UK Guardian in October, Lewis talked about his days as a young stage actor, saying he was afraid that if he couldn’t break out of working in theater, he would turn into “one of these slightly over-the-top, fruity actors who would have an illustrious career on stage, but wouldn’t start getting any kind of film work until I was 50 and then start playing wizards.”

This was an obvious jab at 74-year-old McKellen, who has made a career (not to mention earned millions of dollars and an Academy Award nod) out of playing the wizard Gandalf in the billion-dollar Lord of the Rings film franchise.

“So he feels sorry for me, does he?” McKellen recently told the Radio Times. “Well, I’m very happy. He needn’t worry about me.”

“As for a fruity voice?” he continued. “Well, it may be a voice that is trained like an opera singer’s voice: to fill a large space.”

Snap!

The moral of the story: Never mess with a gay knight.

Scroll down to see four more gay-straight celebrity feuds.

Sir Elton John vs. Madonna

Sir Elton John and Madonna have been going at it for over a decade. Their rivalry started back in 2002, when John slammed Madonna’s song Die Another Day. Since then, John has accused the Queen of Pop of lip-syncing, being a rip-off artist and not accepting his Christmas cards. (We can’t say we blame her.) He’s also called her a “miserable cow,” a “nightmare” and a “fairground stripper” whose “career is over.”

But things really came to head in 2012, when both John and Madonna were up for the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Madonna was nominated for her tune “Masterpiece” from W.E. Meanwhile, John was nominated for his song “Hello Hello” from Gnomeo and Juliet. Madonna beat John, who had previously said she had “no fucking chance” of winning. She later dedicated the song to him during her 2012 MDNA tour.

Anderson Cooper vs. Alec Baldwin

Earlier this year, Anderson Cooper criticized Alec Baldwin for calling a British reporter a “toxic little queen.” Baldwin responded by saying Cooper was only getting involved to improve his standing with the gay community.

A few months later, Baldwin used another antigay slur, which sparked more criticism from Cooper, who said if Baldwin weren’t a liberal, people wouldn’t be so forgiving of his homophobia.

Turns out, people weren’t as forgiving the second time around. After his comments went viral, Baldwin suffered a wave of bad press before being fired by MSNBC. He’s since retreated into hiding with his tail between his legs. Here’s hoping he stays there for a while.

Frank Ocean vs. Chris Brown

The feud between R&B singers Frank Ocean and Chris Brown began in 2011 when the two engaged in a Twitter battle that ended with Brown threatening to send “cousins” over to chase after Ocean. Then a year later, in the summer of 2012, Brown called Ocean a “homo.” And in January 2013, the two got into a parking lot brawl in Los Angeles, which resulted in fists being thrown followed by Brown reportedly calling Ocean a “faggot.” We think it’s safe the say that these two really don’t like each other.

Rosie O’Donnell vs. Donald Trump

The bad blood between Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump dates all the way back to 2006, when O’Donnell made fun of the millionaire’s hair on an episode of The View. Trump responded by calling her “a woman out of control” and threatening to sue. “Rosie will rue the words she said,” he said. Then he called her “fat” and “a real loser.”

But that was just the beginning.

Over the years, the two have gone after one another a number of times. Usually it involves O’Donnell criticizing Trump for something, and him responding by calling her some sort of name — “failure, “pig,” “bully,” that sort of thing.

In 2012, Trump compared Cher to O’Donnell after the diva expressed her disdain for Mitt Romney on Twitter. Trump tweeted: “Like @Rosie O’Donnell, a total loser!”

O’Donnell tweeted back: “He returns – like a raging herpes rash. He wants me … He needs me – he is obsessed … like a grandpa stalker.”

Earlier this year, however, the dueling hotheads appeared to have reconciled after O’Donnell suffered a heart attack. “@Rosie, get better fast. I’m starting to miss you!” Trump tweeted.

Joan Rivers Insults Blacks, Gays And Everyone In Between In Support Of Alec Baldwin

joan-tmzAmerica’s original sweetheart, Joan Rivers, responded to the news of MSNBC firing noted diva-best-believa Alec Baldwin the only way Joan Rivers could: by openly insulting every racial and ethnic group she could possibly think of in under 30 seconds.

Joan’s an old hat at this so when TMZ caught up with her, the legendary harridan was able to fire off six epithets, slandering the Italians, the Blacks, the Jews, the Chinese, the gays and of course, the Irish. That’s nothing compared to her glory days — women have gained the right to vote since then — but still an admirable number. You know, in a comically racist way:

Joan: What do I think about Alec [Baldwin]? Everybody just relax. Everybody’s either a w*p, a n###a, a k!ke, a ch%nk, a f@iry, a m$ck — everybody’s something so why don’t we all just. Calm. Down.

TMZ: And we should be thankful for you.

Joan : Be thankful that we’re all living in America and stop everybody getting so damn uptight! And this goes for the Indians — both dot and feather!

Before they part, the TMZ guy and Joan wish each other a Happy Chanukah, which is a nice, warm ending to this profanity-laden lesson in understanding. Sure she was making a point, albeit in an extreme way, but when Joan Rivers calls you a c^cksucking f&g, you know it’s coming from a place of love. Happy Chanukah everybody.

h/t: TMZ

UPDATE: MSNBC Fires Alec Baldwin For Homophobic Rant And Divalike Behavior

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Following the announcement that MSNBC had canceled Alec Baldwin’s six-week-old talk show after the furor over his most recent public use of antigay language, the actor spoke with website Gothamist and laid much of the blame for his dismissal on the hands of media watchdogs who’ve had their fill of his hasty apologies but continued use of homophobic slurs.

“But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy — Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they’re out there, they’ve got you,” he said. “Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”

Ferraro, GLAAD’s VP of Communications, quickly released his own response:

I consider GLAAD’s campaigns to end the Boy Scout 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.

We previously reported:

MSNBC has given Alec Baldwin the old heave-ho after the temperamental thespian’s homophobic rant against a paparazzo to whom he so warmly referred as a “cocksucking fag.”

According to Page Six, Baldwin’s obnoxious outburst was only partly to blame for his dismissal, as it turns out Ms. Alec is giving Mimi a run for her coins in the diva demands department:

Besides demanding a humidifier because he claimed the air at 30 Rock was too dry, Baldwin alienated staffers when he demanded a separate makeup room being used by a woman with cancer who is sensitive to hairspray. When Baldwin was told he couldn’t have his way, he allegedly bellowed at the top of his lungs, “I don’t give a f?-?-?k if she has cancer or not, I want that f?-?-?king makeup room.”

Sounds like working with charm itself. When reached for comment, Baldwin’s spokesman refused to acknowledge an actual “firing,” though he did concede that the show would not be coming back, while insisting that Baldwin “had questions on whether he wanted to continue.”

Those questions were more or less answered by the dismal ratings of Up Late with Alec Baldwin, his frequent public ragings and his apparent wig snatching at MSNBC. Well, now that he and Ann Coulter are BFFs, maybe Baldwin can find a home at Fox News. They’re a lot more tolerant of those kinds of shenanigans.

Ann Coulter Defends Alec Baldwin In Op-Ed: He Was “Not Engaging in ‘Homophobia’”

You know you must be in the wrong when Ann Coulter steps up to your defense.

Yesterday, the dragon lady published an op-ed in support of Alec Baldwin’s homophobic outburst earlier this month when he was caught on tape allegedly calling a photographer a “cocksucking fag.”

“It is perfectly obvious Baldwin was just cursing the guy out with whatever bad words popped into his head,” Coulter wrote, “not engaging in ‘homophobia’ against an actual gay person.”

Evidently, hurling aggressive gay slurs at people doesn’t count as homophobia in Coulter’s book. For some reason this doesn’t surprise us.

Coulter also called Baldwin’s outburst “justified,” then accused his critics, both liberal and conservative, of being “shortsighted” and enforcing a policy “where careers are ended over a word.”

“Liberals don’t mind abortion, sexual promiscuity, adultery, lying or criminal behavior,” the professional shit-stirrer wrote. “They save all their moral indignation for people who use politically incorrect words.”

Then, in true Coulter form, she completely deviated from the topic at hand and started talking about all the reasons why Alec Baldwin is actually a victim.

The badly-Botoxed ice queen sympathized with him for having a stalker, defended him for calling his 11-year-old daughter a “fat pig” back in 2007, expressed her distain for his “feminist” ex-wife Kim Basinger, condoned his refusal to turn off an electronic device on a plane, and praised him for appearing with Sarah Palin on SNL back in 2008, “unlike the drama queen Tina Fey, who refused to share the stage with Palin.”

(For the record: This is untrue. Tina Fey did share the stage with Palin on SNL… But we’re still not sure how this is relevant to Alec Baldwin’s comments made earlier this month.)

Whatever Coulter’s motive is for publishing this op-ed (For publicity? For traffic? Maybe she really, truly cares about Baldwin’s well-being?), it’s likely not going to help the actor/suspended MSNBC host’s cause. The only thing more toxic than an endorsement from the dragon lady would be taking a dip in Lake Karachay.

Oh, You’re Anti-Gay Marriage? Well, You’re A Weak-A** B*tch, Says Joe Rogan

joe-roganFormer Fear Factor host, Newsradio alum and noted hunk of man (see right) Joe Rogan has put my heart in a headlock with his profanity-laced diatribe against homophobes opposed to same-sex marriage, dismissing them simply as “weak-ass bitches.”

On his Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan recalls moving from the “incredibly open-minded” haven of San Francisco to Bizarro World’s San Francisco — Florida — and immediately noticing the difference when a friend’s dad got into a tizzy over the incredulous news that “they’re letting fags get married”:

“He was mad. He was throwing the newspaper down. I was 11 and I was like, what a silly man you are. You’re a grown man and this is something that bothers you and concerns you? I remember thinking as an 11-year-old boy, ‘Man, there are some weak-ass bitches out there posing as men.’ Like, you dummy. Why do you care? What, are you a tough guy because you care that two guys want to kiss each other? It’s so stupid. It’s such a dumb thing to get behind.”

Though he’s expressed similar sentiment in similar sentimental fashion — tweeting back in February that “the only people that don’t want gay marriage are stupid or secretly worried dicks are delicious” — Rogan’s an ally of the Alec Baldwin variety. In 2010 he dropped an f-bomb on a Brazilian journalist over some petty bro shit, only to issue an apology replacing “faggot” with “cocksucker.” I’m assuming his hairdresser was unavailable.

h/t: Raw Story

 

QUESTION: Should The LGBT Community Demand More From Our Allies?

ally-image-2We go to their concerts, buy their music, watch them clash with other Real Housewives, and drool over every shirtless video they release, but what have our “allies” done for us lately?

As Alec Baldwin showed us last week, some are only a mild frustration away from becoming f-bomb-dropping homophobes.

One almost expects a Bravo reality star to ride in a float during a pride parade or show face at a glitzy gala. And while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis cash checks and gay bars across the country are filled to the gills with aspiring pop divas who so desperately want to be the next Big Gay Thing, we pose the question to you Queerty readers:

Should The LGBT Community Demand More From Our Allies?  

Alec Baldwin Jokes About Backlash Over Antigay Comments By Pretending To Love Another Man

Alec Baldwin tried to laugh off the controversy surrounding homophobic comments he made last week by publicly declaring his love for another man at a tech conference in San Francisco.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Baldwin asked a member of his entourage to stand up, then he said, jokingly:

“I want you to be my lover, Matt. I love you, Matt. I love you in that way.”

A straight man pretending to be gay? Hilarious!

The audience reportedly thought so. After they had finished laughing, Baldwin said something about loving certain men more than women during his life. Although, he was careful to note, “never in a sexual way.”

Thanks for clarifying, Alec.

Then he went back to playing the victim again, a role he’s grown quite good at over the past week. Reflecting on the public’s response to last week’s video, the Associated Press quotes Baldwin as saying:

“There is a drive-by justice to the Internet society. They indict you, convict you and hang you on the same day.”

The 55-year-old actor/suspended MSNBC host seems to forget that he has an ongoing history of making antigay comments. In June of this year, he called a British reporter a “toxic little queen.” Reports of him using other homophobic epithets have followed him for years.

Perhaps this isn’t “drive-by justice,” as he purports. Perhaps people are just finally holding him accountable for being a longtime homophobe.

Alec Baldwin’s Daughter Says What Her Dad Said Was Wrong, But What He Felt Wasn’t

BaldwinsSometimes we let our tempers get the best of us. Tempers are like wildfires. Something or someone can easily fuel the fire…It takes a lot of strength for someone to release their anger. It takes a lot of strength and SUPPORT for someone to grow and become a better person. We all say things we don’t mean. We all say things we can’t take back…For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously. My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist. From what you’ve read and from what media has been shoved down your throats, he has a kind heart. Having paparazzi following my mom and I has not been thrilling. Paparazzi can bring out many confined feelings of anger and spite out of anyone.

My point being, what my dad said was WRONG. What my dad felt WASN’T. Boundaries have to be made. Paparazzi have jobs to do, but some of them jeopardize people’s lives and cross a line. My dad has an INFANT CHILD to protect. All the parents out there should understand. You would do anything to protect your baby. Now, let’s all quit acting like children. Let my dad be and let him have his room to learn and enjoy his family. As someone very wise once said, ‘Be peaceful and love everyone’ COME ONNNN EVERYONE. Let’s just all be thankful that we are alive!”

 

Ireland Baldwin, the model daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, using her Twitter account to defending her father against the charge of yet another alleged homophobic rant against paparazzi 

Alec Baldwin Says He Didn’t Use “The F-Word,” Is Concerned For Safety Of His Family

Electrolux At "Blood Ties" PremiereI think it is important to note, in light of recent events, a couple of clarifications.

One is that I never used the word faggot in the tape recording being offered as evidence against me. What word is said right after the other choice word I use is unclear. But I can assure you, with complete confidence, that a direct homophobic slur (or indirect one for that matter) is not spoken. In the wake of referring to a tabloid “journalist” as a toxic queen, I would never allow myself to make that mistake again, nor would I expose my wife and family to the attendant ridicule. My friends who happen to be gay are baffled by this. They see me as one who has recently fought for marriage equality and has been a supporter of gay rights for many years. Now, the charge of being a “homophobic bigot,” to quote one crusader in the gay community, is affixed.

Another issue I want to address is the decision by MSNBC to suspend my show. Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now. My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on November 22nd itself, dealing with John Kennedy’s assassination. That show is off the air now. I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show. It’s heartbreaking to me that the show, meant to coincide with the actual anniversary, will not be aired that night. The show is no doubt a work in progress and one that I believe featured some interesting guests and disseminated a good deal of interesting information. But if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it. We do take a small amount of pride in knowing that we beat CNN in the ratings each of our nights. (I forget who they had on at that time.)

I have been a fan of MSNBC for some time. Its left-leaning tone never bothered me. I still believe that they are more enamored of and devoted to the truth in any single hour than Fox is all year long. I think Rachel Maddow is perhaps the single most important television journalist on the air today. And if my show does disappear, I will be grateful in so far as her good work, along with that of O’Donnell and Hayes and Sharpton and Matthews and Jansing, will not be sullied by my problem.

Also, it is interesting to note how, once again, the lie travels around the world quicker than even Twain imagined. Oddly, my foundation has donated over $11 million of a projected $15 million from revenue from my recent Capital One ads. Many people don’t know that and when informed actually find it hard to believe. But the assertion that I am a bigoted homophobe travels at light speed and, at least in the case of those who like their internet news without fact or reflection, is accepted, even cheered, without a moment of doubt.

Additionally, the press never turns the camera around on themselves. Least of all the tabloid press. My wife is a young mother with a newborn child. Yet reporters harass and hector her and our baby outside our home in ways that approximate a hockey brawl. It is shameful. And it should be illegal.

I am concerned for my family. In Bloomberg’s New York, forty or fifty paparazzi are allowed to block streets, inconvenience homeowners, workers and shoppers, and make life miserable for my neighbors. Photographers have tripped and fallen on babies in strollers on my block. They have nearly struck my wife in the face with microphones. They provoke me, daily, by getting dangerously close to me with their cameras as weapons, hoping I will react. When I do, the weapon doubles as a device to record my reaction. And then, apparently, I lose every time. If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theatre, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy decision. This country’s obsession with the private lives of famous people is tragic. It’s tragic in the sense that it is so clearly a projection of people’s frustration about their government, their economy, their own spiritual bankruptcy. You have no voice in Washington. In Washington, or in any statehouse, no one actually cares what you think. So you post online, you vote with a Roman-esque thumbs up or down on the celebrity debacle of the day. That is your right. It’s also fatal misdirection of your voice and need to judge. Occupy Wall Street, on their worst day, had more integrity than the comments page of a website ever will.

Two requests. Don’t allow my problem to be MSNBC’s problem. They are good people who work hard at a job, just like many of you. And two, please respect the privacy of my wife and family. If you have an opinion of me, then express it. Think what you like. But I ask that my wife, who I care about more than words can say, and both my children, be left out of this.

 

– Alec Baldwin discussing his alleged use of an antigay slur against paparazzi, in a blog entry published on Huffington Post