Alec Baldwin went into a homophobic rage with a series of tweets wherein he threatened a gay journalist with bodily harm. Since this incident, the debate has been whether he should get the Paula Deen treatment or get a pass. Many of my white liberal friends have chosen to give him a pass. Why, because Baldwin is himself, a liberal. Which to me only proves that bigotry — be it racial, religious, or gender-based — isn’t partisan.
GLAAD, an organization that advocates LGBTQ issues, has since issued a statement giving Baldwin a pass for his rant. GLAAD Vice President of Communications, Rich Ferraro, replied to Baldwin’s apology sent to GLAAD by issuing the following statement, in part:
“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.”
I find this to be hypocritical. Why? Because this same organization protested CNN and secured a suspension for Roland Martin. And what was his crime? Well, he didn’t threaten to physically harm an openly gay man like Baldwin did. Instead, Roland Martin found himself in hot water after a few homophobic tweets during and after a Superbowl commercial back in early 2012. You can read our thoughts about it here.
Since that incident, Roland Martin has slid down the tunnel into Negro obscurity because CNN refused to renew his contract. I’m no fan of Martin, but that’s that bullshit. I know “Gay is the new black” and all, but it seems like black is still the old black. It’s really sad to see so many of my
white liberal friends — including GLAAD — willing to give Baldwin a pass for his actions. I’d hate to suggest that GLAAD is racist. So I’ll just ed this by saying that maybe they treated Roland Martin differently because they hated his ascot. At the end of the day, if “language matters,” as GLAAD says it does,there’d be no double standard based on one’s celebrity, power, and influence. But hey, this is just me being wrong as usual. Besides, unlike black people, everyone knows that white folks aren’t homophobic, right?