‘I Want You to Be My Lover, Matt’: Alec Baldwin Tries Humor to Defuse Backlash
At a San Francisco conference on Wednesday, Alec Baldwin jokingly professed his love for a male staffer in attempt at humor to defuse the controversy surrounding footage of him using an anti-gay slur while berating a paparazzo last week.
“I want you to be my lover, Matt,” Baldwin said to a member of his crew from on-stage. “I love you, Matt. I love you in that way.” The Associated Press reports that the audience uproariously laughed, with Baldwin punctuating the joke with contrition over his infamous remarks calling a photographer a “cocksucking fag.”
He reiterated his belief that in saying such words, he did not mean them to demean or express anger towards gay men. Baldwin told the crowd that he hopes his newborn daughter will have a better temper than his, and that perhaps he should censor himself more carefully.
“If in any context, in the world that we live in today, if any word is remotely offensive to people, then I’m perfectly willing to learn a different word,” the AP quoted him as saying.
He noted how quickly the outrage grew, solely because the clip originated on the Internet. “There is a drive-by justice to the Internet society,” he reportedly said. “They indict you, convict you and hang you on the same day.”
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