Paula Deen Out – Alec Baldwin In

liberal-hypocrisyUp until a week ago, I didn’t know anything about Paula Deen except I always thought she had great hair.  I’ve never seen her show, I don’t subscribe to her magazine and I don’t have any of her cookbooks.  After last week, and her admission that over two decades ago she used racial slurs, her network and a number of other corporations abandoned her like rats on a sinking ship.  Whether she’ll have a “comeback” after her apologies, I don’t know.

I probably wouldn’t have written about Paula Deen.  I figured she must have ticked off somebody because unlike her cookware, she’s apparently not Teflon-coated.  I decided to write about her after I read about despicable Alec Baldwin’s recent rant on Twitter.

He apparently got very upset when George Stark, reported that Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, was tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral.  Well, this didn’t sit very well with Baldwin and in his tweets, he called the guy a “toxic little queen,” a “bitch,” and said that he’d “put my foot up your … ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.”

Well, of course, when the you know what hit the fan, and the news got out, he back tracked and said these weren’t rants against Mr. Stark’s homosexuality.  Baldwin had the audacity to explain his use of the words “toxic little queen” had nothing to do with Mr. Stark’s sexual orientation.  “[T]he idea of me calling this guy a “queen” and that being something that people thought is homophobic…a queen to me has a different meaning. It’s somebody who’s just above. It doesn’t have any necessarily sexual connotations. To me a queen… I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny. It doesn’t have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation. To me those are people who think the rules don’t apply to them. This guy could blatantly lie, I mean blatantly lie about my wife on the internet and there are just no rules that apply to him, but that’s outrageous to me.”  Of course, he didn’t explain why Mr. Stark would “dig” having Baldwin’s “foot” in private places.

Anderson Cooper saw through Baldwin’s b.s. and said, “Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs?” If a conservative talked of beating up a ‘queen’ they would be vilified.”

So, despite his history of verbal and emotional abuse of his daughter and his removal from an airline in 2011 for refusing to close down his electronic device, he landed and kept a starring role on a popular tv show.  Even after his current homophobic rant, I saw his puss on one of his stupid Capital One credit card commercials this weekend.  So he gets a pass for his vile words spoken just a few days ago, but Paula Deen loses everything for something she said over twenty years ago.  I don’t get it.

The hypocrites at GLAAD are giving Baldwin a pass on the whole matter.  “Alec Baldwin is making it clear that the intent behind his tweets does not excuse his language, especially at a time when there were 11 incidents of violence against gay men in New York City just last month. As we all work to end such senseless acts of violence, allies like Baldwin are right to use these moments to reinforce support for the community and LGBT equality.” What a load of crap.  Would they have taken the same position if a conservative had done the same?  I’d bet big money they wouldn’t.

Again, it’s all about who’s saying it.  Back in April, I read about gay novelist Bret Easton Ellis who claimed he was barred from attending the GLAAD Media Awards which planned to give Bill Clinton the Advocate for Change Award (yes, the same President Clinton who signed the DOMA bill back in 1996 which the Supreme Court found last week to be unconstitutional).  According to Mr. Ellis, GLAAD “banned” him from entering the premises of the dinner after learning a guest planned on bringing him as a date.  He claimed GLAAD was furious because of his tweets about the show Glee, Modern Family, The New Normal and tweeted that actor Matthew Bomer was not qualified to play the protagonist in a 50 Shades of Grey movie because he’s openly gay.  “I don’t care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG,” he said, adding, “Okay I’ll say it. Matt Bomer isn’t right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He’s great for other roles but this is too big a game.”

What I do know is that the above photo is absolutely right.  You can have two people saying exactly the same thing — one will be shunned and ridiculed but the other will be given a pass.  “Absolute proof that the words spoken do not cause offense but who is speaking the words causes the offense.”

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • plsilverman

    Paula Deen….she may not have used the “n-word” in 20 years but it appears she sure acted like a true plantation owner on her job, as late as 2007.

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  • Ron F

    I am not sure corporate sponsors stopping their support for Paula Dean is the same as GLAAD making excuses for Alec Baldwin. I assume that Paula Dean’s corporate sponsors act in what they perceive as the corporation’s best interest as does the corporation that has Alec Baldwin do commercials. Since I do not buy any of Paula Dean’s products or watch her television show, or even know which company hires Alec Baldwin, neither decision affects me and, appropriately, people like me are not the target for either.

  • Wheels55

    It does make me wonder. If you forget the capitalism behind this comparison, it is easy to say who cares what these celebrities say and think. But it is clear that even big business gives Hollywood a pass. It is hypocrisy from the media. But in corporate America, it’s just business.
    I for one think Deen was handled way to roughly. Even Tiger Woods got to keep Nike.

  • Roger Ward

    I think Paula Deen’s trangressions happened a very long time ago and that her heartfelt aplogies should be acceptable and and accepted. I also think that any business has the right to withdraw its support and endorsement of any one, for any reason. Despite Obama’s efforts to the contrary, this is still a capitalist nation in which any business has the right to terminate its involvement with any figure, public or private, if it chooses to.
    If Paula Deen wanted to have her apologies accepted, she should have first made a statement that she loves and supports the left and all that the left stands for …. and then made her apologies. It’s extremely easy to be forgiven if you’re thought to be on the left; it’s nearly impossible if you’re on the right. (The left sees what they believe; the right believes what they see.)
    Coincidentally, a similar point was made in an interesting article by John Daly that appeared next to Leona’s on Bernie Goldberg’s page. It had to do with forgiveness in Hollywood. Good, insightful writing by both Leona Salazar and John Daly.

  • Sterling Ericsson

    People were indeed angry with Obama when he made that statement back then. However, he changed his views and so long as that happens, then people can forgive him for such ignorant views. And he has certainly kept up with his statement on his views changing, considering his extensive support and actions as President for the LGBT community, so I don’t see the problem with not vilifying him any more.

    Furthermore, you are perpetuating the fallacies about Paula Deen. She was NOT dropped because she said the N-word years ago. She was dropped because of a lawsuit against her over his sexual and racial harassment of employees at her brother’s restaurant and her covering up his extensive racist actions against his employees, which includes assault and also forcing African American workers to use a restroom in the back of the place so that customers won’t have to see them.

    As for Alec Baldwin, I absolutely abhorred him anyways, so i’m not sure if I can dislike him more than I already do at this point. And I am also extremely angry with GLAAD’s response and plan to communicate this to them and try to get others to do the same.

  • Ron F

    I am not sure it is hypocrisy. People are outraged by different things. It doesn’t mean that someone is a hypocrites because he or she is outraged by one thing but not something else. In addition, they may be outraged by something else and not say anything. Someone could say we are outraged by how Ms. Dean is treated but not as to what she did. As for Ms. Dean, her corporate sponsors apparently thought that her comments hurt their corporate image, Alec Baldwin’s corporate sponsors apparently did not think his comments hurt their corporate image. It is their decision as to what is in their best interest. In addition, Paula Dean is a brand name. Her television shows have her name, as do her cookbooks and cookware. She is selling herself. All of the shows and products are closely associated with her. Since I have not seen Alec Baldwin’s ad, I do not know if it is closely associated with him.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    It’s very simple really. It’s called dis-information. Lionize your friends, demonize your enemies. (At which the modern leftist media have become experts). And they are following a well travelled road map. One developed with great care by the likes of comrade Stalin. Turns out, that every one will listen to lionized friends, while no one will listen to demonized enemies. Even when the former are idiots, and the latter brilliant.