Alec Baldwin Says Anderson Cooper Used Him To Gain Gay Cred

alec_baldwin_anderson_cooperOooh, it’s on. Alec Baldwin, perhaps goaded by Howard Stern, has claimed that Anderson Cooper criticized the famously hot-headed actor’s controversial rant against a Daily Mail reporter to gain good standing with “the gay community” (why do intelligent people keep using this term?) because he was closeted for so many years.

The subject of Baldwin’s well-documented outburst over an erroneous report that his wife tweeted during James Gandolfini’s funeral service, came up when he appeared as a guest on Stern’s SiriusXM satellite radio show. Baldwin, who swiftly issued an apology via GLAAD for his use of antigay language, said that of all the criticism he received (and there was plenty!) he was most surprised by the CNN host’s tweet which read:



“That was the one that shocked me the most,” Baldwin told Stern. “What I realize about him is, everybody in the media, they have a job to do. Anderson Cooper has a job to do. And that job is to try to reinforce his credibility in the gay community after the fact that you couldn’t get him out of the closet for 10 years with a canister of tear gas. Now he’s the sheriff. Now he’s running around writing everybody a ticket!”

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  • MikeE

    Alec Baldwin seems to be digging that hole deeper and deeper.
    For someone who’s supposed to be an ally, he sure SOUNDS like one of our enemies.
    His comments are suggesting that maybe we, well at least *I*, should re-evaluate how we see our allies.

  • jckfmsincty

    Baldwin is a bore.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Baldwin has worn out his welcome.

  • mauikamaaina

    We don’t need Alex Baldwin. He should find some other group/cause to practice his fake liberalism.

  • Cam

    My take on these two.

    Baldwin was a dick for a short time and then apologized after years and years of supporting the community.

    Cooper stayed in the closet and acted ashamed of who he was, sent out others to claim on blogs that he wouldn’t come out, first because it was personal, then because he traveled to scary places (I guess Christian Amonpour is a bit tougher than him) but finally came out after the blogs turned on him.

    Both have some issues, glad to have both on our side but in this instance, Cooper’s point was valid, and Baldwin’s dig was on point.

    So, girls, girls,….it’s ok, you’re both pretty, now stop crying.

  • QJ201

    Alec seems to be an ally to all guys but men with a bit a the gay ‘tude (queens).

  • Jared MacBride

    Two media hos in a cat fight.

  • dvlaries

    The bigger shock to me here is that anybody still listens to Stern.

  • balehead

    Alec’s right….Anderson is a total manipulative suckass…

  • balehead

    Alec’s right..queens are nasty…eg. The Morning Goods comments on this site!…

  • Kamuriie

    And what, Jeremy, is unintelligent about using the term “gay community”? Are you shocked that somebody said that instead of LGBT?

    I hate to break it to you, but “LGBT,” “GLBT,” “LGBTOMGWTFBBQ,” and whatever nonsensical letters are tacked on, are the invention of advocacy groups–nothing more. You know how transgender activists constantly complain about how “the rest of us” throw them under a bus by advocating for our own rights?

    Funny, because I don’t remember signing an agreement when I got my “gay card.” There definitely is a “gay community”–amusing that you think it’s “unintelligent” to use that term, when there is, in fact, barely (if at all) an “LGBT” community.

    Gays are frequently openly hostile to bisexuals, and while the average homosexual probably feels sympathy and empathy for people who identify as transgender, but in all probability, don’t know any, considering how few there are.

    You can take your whaambulance back to the PC police headquarters for not using the acronym du jour–be sure to find some more meaningless letters to tack on the end.

  • BJ McFrisky

    Only liberals like Alec Baldwin and Tracey Morgan can get away scot-free with such blatant disrespect for us—not only that, but their careers seem to flourish in the aftermath. That should tell us something about the entertainment community.

    Bravo. I’m a gay man. I’ve always been a gay man, I am not an LGBTQOMGWTFBBQ (made me laugh with that one), or whatever letter someone wants to add to the group. Jesus H, by the time I hit 50 we’ll have used up half the alphabet in an effort to be inclusive of everyone with a fetish.

  • LaTeesha

    Terrible father. Terrible husband. Terrible actor. He’s pretty much just an all around terrible person.

  • the other Greg

    “’the gay community’ (why do intelligent people keep using this term?)…” Thanks, Queerty!

    @Kamuriie: You miss the point: it’s not that the “gay” part is redefined in various PC ways. It’s that the “community” part doesn’t really exist, because there’s been no reason for it to exist (if it ever did) since shortly after 1969. As a metaphor, “community” is no longer useful (if it ever was) and has become a meaningless and obfuscating term.

  • miagoodguy

    it is laughable how people will excuse bad behavior because someone has been supportive of the gay “community” in the past. People’s true colors come out when they are anger. He showed his true colors and that he believes what he said is appropriate. This isn’t the first time Alec Baldwin has shown he has anger management issues and will denigrate someone he disagrees with.

    As for Anderson Cooper, he owed it to NO ONE to come out publicly any sooner than he did. IT is his business and his business only when he came out.

  • Cam

    @BJ McFrisky: said… “Only liberals like Alec Baldwin and Tracey Morgan can get away scot-free with such blatant disrespect for us—not only that, but their careers seem to flourish in the aftermath.”


    Oh, liberals….you mean people that DON’T vote against our rights?

    I LOVE your moral equivalency. You will scream and yell to defend a republican who votes against us then complain that we look at him more harshly than somebody like Baldwin who has been screaming in support of gay rights for years.

    Your self hatred is really odd.

  • Kieran

    I have a real problem with a homophobic asshole like Alex Baldwin blaming Anderson Cooper for staying in the closet too long. People who are not gay don’t have permission to make judgements about when or why gay people decide to come out publicly. Baldwin needs to shut his pie hole.

  • JimboinLA

    Baldwin is a pathetic crybaby. He’s had a bad year what with kicking Shia out of Orphans and then when the show closed because Alec wasn’t a big enough draw he whined about Ben Brantley’s review. Must be tough to accept that Shia would have kept the show running with his Transformers fans. Alec should just go back to Long Island and get some therapy?

  • B Damion

    LMAO..Alex kills me.

    Call him out for his saucy ways but he does make a valid point in regards to Mr.Anderson. Coming out of the closet for “ratings” is nothing to be proud of.

  • B Damion

    And ofcourse now that Mr.Cooper’s show is cancelled he and his friend Andy Cohen are competing Media-whores.

  • Polaro

    As the official spokesman for the gay community I think these two should kiss and make up. I figure if they can make up a gay community (we all know each other too, right?), I can pretend to be its spokesperson.

  • cooper12

    Alex, I am on your side. I want to smack half these queens posting. Some times a queen is a queen. And as for the closet case Anderson son you would have more credibility had you come out years ago and not work for the right wing nut job Fox

  • BJ McFrisky

    Baldwin may have been “screaming in support of gay rights for years,” but apparently that doesn’t stop him from using derogatory language like “up the ass” and “queen” when referring to gay men. You’re a perfect example of a liberal excusing another for debasement simply because you worship the same political platform. Hence, your defense of Alec Baldwin strikes me as the oddest case of self-hatred since . . . well, since the gay community embraced the rabidly anti-gay Barack Obama.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    I like the term, “gay community.” We are a community and we are gay. In S.F. one might ask, “Is she a sister.” Just because Jeremy Kinser doesn’t like it? Screw him. Who is he?

  • ParkerSparx

    @BJ McFrisky:

    Read the definition of fetish.

  • ParkerSparx

    I’m not sure why you’re comparing Christiane Amanpour to Anderson. He didn’t come out publicly because he reported from anti-gay countries. His safety was at risk as well as his crew.

    FYI: Anderson’s co-workers and friends knew he was gay. Everyone’s sexuality should be their own business. The only time it should be our business is when a closeted gay person is working against us.

  • BigWoody

    Alcoholics say the darndest things… alec baldwin, john galliano, etc.

  • Alan down in Florida

    Is anyone else as tired of the omnipresent Alec Baldwin?

  • dwndckd

    @Kieran, per your comment—“I have a real problem with a homophobic asshole like Alex Baldwin blaming Anderson Cooper for staying in the closet too long. People who are not gay don’t have permission to make judgments about when or why gay people decide to come out publicly. “ Truth be told—there was far more criticism coming from the gay “community” than from str8 people like myself, regarding Anderson Cooper staying in the closet for so long. Some within the gay “community” felt as if Anderson Cooper was ashamed of being gay… and the list goes on… Bottom Line here—most of those people making “those” judgments were within your [gay] community.

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