Last week, I wrote an article about Bob Geldof and how he has been screwed out of the Nobel Peace Prize and yet the rather undeserving Barack Obama actually has one. There were some interesting comments to that article. One of them made the point that Geldof does everything he does out of the love of humanity and for no personal gain. He doesn’t care about the Nobel Peace Prize. It means nothing to him. That started me thinking and I realized it was true.
Well, since then, I’ve read a number of articles about Paula Deen from “The Food Network,” and about Alec Baldwin. I’ve noticed there is a fundamental sense of unfairness to what is going on here between the two of them. For those of you that are living under a shell, Paula Deen admitted to using racial slurs in the past, specifically, the “n,” word. She also admitted a willingness to sponsor a “plantation party,” in the south. Admittedly on my part, both of these are bad and Ms. Deen should be punished for them. However, should her whole life be ruined because she did something in the 80s? I know I did some things in the 80s that I’d like to forget as well. In fact, I’m sure most of you that were adults can think of some things they did from the 80s too that you would rather forget.
Dean Obeidallah makes a point about this in a recent article for CNN when he says:
But could Paula Deen — as she has claimed — have evolved over the past 30 years for the better? It’s possible. Former President Jimmy Carter believes so, noting that Deen’s programs in Savannah, Georgia, benefit “almost exclusively oppressed and poverty-stricken black people.”
However, no one is giving Ms. Deen the opportunity to prove that the past was the past and the present is now. As of June 29, at least, 12 companies have severed ties with Ms. Deen. Apparently, they do not want to be in business with such and obvious “racist.” Of course, I”m using the term lightly here as Ms. Deen has not admitted to being a racist and only admitting to using that derogatory term four decades ago. In my opinion, Deen should be forgiven if she is being truthful in her remorse.
But, in typical liberal fashion, another celebrity is not being condemned for his much more recent and worse remarks: Alec Baldwin. Mr. Alec Baldwin, the avowed hard line left winger. One of the true progressives in the entertainment industry is not suffering at all for his recent anti-gay tirade in which he twittered a number of time highly inflammatory anti-gay remarks. Per Avery Stone writing for the Huntington Post, here are the comments of Mr. Baldwin:
Baldwin, in a heated online argument with British reporter George Stark (over whether or not Baldwin’s wife tweeted during a funeral), lashed out on Twitter. Baldwin wrote, “I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck…you…up.” A minute later, he added, “I’d put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.” At first, Baldwin denied — and then deleted — his tweets. He has since apologized, asserting that he never meant to be homophobic.
For those of you that have a short memory, this is the same Alec Baldwin that probably caused extreme trauma to his pre-teen daughter about five years ago when he left a message on her answering machine which stated: ”So, I’m gonna let you know just how I feel about what a rude little pig you really are. You are a rude thoughtless little pig, ok?” At that time, Baldwin got away with it just like he is getting away with it now.
Since the anti-gay slurs last week, Baldwin has not had his rather lucrative deal with Capital One bank canceled. In fact, he has basically not even been in the news except for a few rather conservative blogs which are calling out the same hypocrisy that I’m trying to call out here. And, Avery Stone, in the aforementioned Huntington Post article, seems to think that Alec Baldwin’s tirade is being ignored because it is against the LGBT community and is not based upon race.
I disagree. I think Mr. Baldwin is being ignored because his is an avowed liberal and a rather vocal one. Although Paula Deen admits to having campaigned and supported Obama, she is not a member of Hollywood’s liberal elite in the same way Baldwin is. Accordingly, Baldwin is forgiven and Deen is not. Just another example of liberal hypocrisy playing itself out again.
If it was up to me, Capital One should be firing Baldwin right now. What do you think?