Anderson Cooper Responds To Alec Baldwin’s Latest Antigay Tirade: “So Ridiculous”

Yesterday, Alec Baldwin was caught on camera allegedly calling a photographer a “cocksucking fag.” Today, Anderson Cooper responded to the comments, calling Baldwin’s explanations for the incident “so ridiculous they are funny.”

Baldwin has denied using the f-word and instead claims he said “fathead.” In a tweet yesterday, the 55-year-old actor/professional tantrum thrower said: “Acoustic analysis proves the word is fathead. Fathead.”

He also insisted that he is not homophobic, claimed to have gay friends, accused TMZ of being out to “bury him,” and even went so far as to suggest he is the victim of an attack by conservatives.

We predicted the actor would release some sort of half-hearted apology and, sure enough, he has. This morning he tweeted: “Rich Ferraro from @glaad informs me that c’sucker is an anti-gay epithet. In which case I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary.”

And that’s when Anderson Cooper stepped in.

This morning, the silver fox tweeted: “Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again. How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?”

He then added: “Just read Alec Baldwin’s latest excuses. They are actually so ridiculous they are funny.”

Another Twitter user argued that while Baldwin may be an “idiot,” he has the “right to say” whatever he wants.

Cooper replied: “I never suggested he had to apologize. He can say whatever he wants, but then why repeatedly lie about it afterwards?”

Baldwin and Cooper, of course, have a history of not getting along. In June, Baldwin called a British journalist a “toxic little queen.” He later apologized, but Anderson Cooper was still angry. “Why does#AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a ‘queen’ they would be vilified,” he tweeted at the time. Baldwin then accused Cooper of using him to gain more credibility with the gay community.

It remains to be seen how Baldwin will respond to Cooper’s latest dig. If he learned anything from last time, he’ll avoid his Twitter account and go into hiding for a while. But somehow we don’t think that’s going to happen.

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  • Rockery

    sigh… Love Anderson for that

  • Cam

    To those twisted little fangirls coming in here and attacking people on Queerty for pushing Anderson Cooper to come out by repeatedly saying “What difference does it make if he’s out?”

    Well, this right here is an example.

  • balehead

    Gee, I wish we were all so perfect like Anderson Cooper….

  • Dakotahgeo

    Alec… Alec… Alec who?! Ohhh, THAT Alec! Anderson Cooper has more creds with every community than BaldwinBS ever will be… has been who never was!

  • viveutvivas

    Why don’t we get over this obsessive need to make everybody grovel and apologize for every little perceived insult. Alec Baldwin may have had a regrettable outburst (who hasn’t?), but everybody despises the language police.

  • Ben Dover

    Being a c*cksucker is a beautiful, wonderful thing. And something to take pride in, if you are any good at it! Should Rich Ferraro from GLAAD really be calling it an “anti-gay epithet”? Yeah, yeah, I know – “context” – but still.

  • Degas

    The point is, Baldwin is a liberal and uses vile anti-gay language. If a conservative did the same, he/she would be crucified for it. Cooper astutely points that out. Baldwin is an angry, crass pig, and seems to have no problem spewing the words. Just man-up and own it. Coward.

  • northwest

    Anderson Cooper is right for calling out that vile, bigoted homophobe again. No more excuses for Baldwin.

  • viveutvivas

    Baldwin is not a homophobe, but some people are doing their best at trying to make him into one.

  • Alan down in Florida

    @viveutvivas: “Some people are doing their best” – NOPE. Mr. Baldwin has no one to blame but his fat mouth. Don’t be surprised if people start calling you a homophobe after making repeated homophobic remarks. If he’d get his anger and mouth under control he wouldn’t be having these problems.

  • Ben Dover

    @viveutvivas: Oh, he’s a homophobe at least in the psychological sense (fear/phobia about homosexuality). Not in the political sense that we’re used to thinking about nowadays. But since this stuff keeps happening with him over and over, he obviously has some personal, psychological issue with homophobia.

  • AnitaMann

    Look at the way he spoke to his daughter. You think he’s going to speak to strangers any better? Lousy parent. Lousy person.

  • Dxley

    I’m still trying to figure out who this guy Alec is

  • sprocket


    Wait. What?!?! Alec Baldwin uses homophobic language and Cooper calls him out on his hypocrisy…

    … and your immediate response is to hold Cooper to a standard of perfection?!?!?

  • lovetennis

    Anderson is right that Baldwin’s defense is ridiculous. I’m a couple of years older than he is and everybody who was ever called a “c*cksucking fag” knew exactly what the epithet-thrower meant. And I can guarantee I never heard anyone say you’re a “c*cksucking fathead”. He can moan all he wants about being persecuted, but he needs to man up and admit what he said and never do it again.

  • Bumper

    I feel certain Baldwin is no homophobe and Cooper is just being an opportunist. I like both of these guys. Get over it. Its no big deal!

  • B Damion

    @balehead…well girl, statments like that hinder your progress.

  • dre23222

    I don’t think Baldwin is a homophobe, but he needs to be called out on his actions which is wrong most times. I think he just get heated at times and just lash out.

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