It’s a bit late for that, isn’t it? I don’t see anybody lining up to go see The Shadow 2. The last time you saw Alec Baldwin in a movie* was his bit part as the sweatiest loudmouth in The Departed**, which was 7 years ago. Since then he’s been on 30 Rock, which America ignored but was kept on the air because of all those times Tina Fey mocked Sarah Palin. Baldwin is pretty much finished and he knows it, which might explain why he’s so angry all the time even though he’s married to a gorgeous yoga instructor who’s a quarter-century his junior.
But according to some folks, Baldwin shouldn’t even be getting the meager roles to which he’s been reduced. Politicker:
Having already conquered the rapper Lil Wayne for his alleged slights against New York City, State Senator Malcolm Smith is now calling for a boycott against actor Alec Baldwin until he seeks professional help. Mr. Smith made the call for Mr. Baldwin to be blacklisted following a New York Post story that claimed the 30 Rock star used racial slurs in a confrontation with one of the tabloid newspaper’s paparazzos.
“If these allegations are true, then no television network or film studio should hire the veteran actor until he seeks help,” Mr. Smith said in a statement. “In today’s modern age it’s a disgrace that people still use remarks that provide hatred to others based on race, religion or origin.”
This is a tough one. For liberals, I mean. Baldwin is a lefty in good standing, so if you’re a lefty, your instinct is to defend him. But Smith is black, so if you criticize him, you’ll be called a racist. What to do? Boycotts and speech codes and such aren’t supposed to bite guys like Alec Baldwin in the ass.