Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE just about everything Alec Baldwin has done - on the screen, anyway. But the way he conducts his personal life? I’m not a fan.
From calling his daughter “a pig” in a drunken telephone call to getting tossed off an airplane for refusing to turn off his phone, to a 2014 arrest for belligerent behavior, the pattern is clear. And if he’s not careful, it just might get him in BIG trouble one day.
Most recent in Baldwin's resumé of bizarre behavior is his now-famous arrest for ‘punching a guy’ during a parking spot dispute with another New Yorker. The unbelievable thing is that this last one was on video…from several different angles! Yet, he still defends his actions.
Now, in an appearance on “Ellen” to promote his new movies, Baldwin throws out another excuse that we have never heard before. In his mind, apparently, the new details serve to justify his actions for which he was arrested and fined. - in his own mind, anyway.
After opening the Baldwin interview discussing a few of his famous movies, Ellen switches the subject to the now-infamous scuffle he had in Manhattan in which he felt he had the right to defend ‘his’ parking spot with physical aggression.
Surveillance videos from several angles, show the two men bent over one of the vehicles, with. Baldwin clearly having the upper hand. Both men were arrested and Baldwin was charged with misdemeanor assault.
Now, Alec would like us to believe that he was simply being chivalrous. He claims that he thought his wife’s life was in danger so he acted on that gut instinct to protect his lady love.
After a series of lame one-liners about the incident, Baldwin comes right out with it - in ALL seriousness!
He now says the man was going to run over his wife (whom we assume was the lucky person designated to ’save’ the coveted parking spot) so he pounced! Funny that it would take several months for this serious accusation to come to light.
But, to me, the worst part is that Ellen just ate it up with a spoon, as though every word out of his mouth was gold. Shame. But it’s the same thing, time after time with Baldwin. Have you noticed?
Let's look back to just a few of the myriad incidents in which Baldwin has embarrassed himself, then took no responsibility for it.
Surely you remember the angry 2007 voicemail Baldwin left for his then-11-year-old daughter Ireland in which he verbally berated her, calling her a "rude, thoughtless little pig."
Of course, he later laughed it off, even getting Ireland to pose for a ‘funny’ pic on Instagram. No accountability or owning up to his actions.
Let’s fast-forward to 2011 when Baldwin was removed from an American Airlines flight for refusing to comply with flight attendant instructions to turn off his phone. Baldwin was playing ‘Words With Friends’ an app that requires the internet.
Again, excuses. Blaming everyone but himself.
“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.”
He moved. All the way off the plane…
Then, in 2014, in a tweet after his bicycle arrest, he blamed the entire city for causing him to become belligerent with a police officer.
“New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”
At the time, Caroline Samponaro, director of bicycle advocacy at Transportation Alternatives, told The New York Times “I think that the whole thing is more a reflection on him than on biking and the state of biking,” of the incident in 2014. “He’s in the headlines a lot, and it’s usually something unpleasant.”
It’s no wonder the parking spot battle story has changed so much in the three months since it occurred. As I said at the start, I really like Alec Baldwin as an actor, ever since his days as ‘Joshua’ on the nighttime soap ‘Knots Landing’, I recognized the star quality he is gifted with. And who doesn’t LOVE ‘Jack Donaghy’ from ’30 Rock?’
But onscreen contributions aside, do we really know what to do with someone like Alec Baldwin? Unfortunately, we turn a blind eye to his shenanigans and hope he can do something on the small or big screen to ‘redeem’ himself. I truly believe that his irreverent portrayal of the President on ‘SNL’ has earned him a TON of ‘Brownie Points’ with the powers that be in Hollywood.
So, with an established pattern of outrageous behavior, followed by a cooling off period, followed by a spin on the story to make him seem blameless, it seems as though Baldwin will continue to get away with breaking the rules, if not the law.
Let’s just hope that one of his antics doesn’t get him seriously injured or even killed. After all, he’s no spring chicken anymore. As years go by, he might find out the hard way that a 'harmless' parking lot scuffle in the future just might end with a completely different outcome.
Come on, Alec. You’re better than that…