Oooh, 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:
Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a “queen” they would be vilified.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) June 28, 2013
“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!”