Alec Baldwin Says 'Black People Love Me' for Playing Trump, Calls Rose McGowan #MeToo Gang Leader
Baldwin addresses his issues with the #MeToo movement and how his life has changed since playing Trump on “SNL.”
Alec Baldwin did what Alec Baldwin does best during in his latest interview with The Hollywood Reporter: found a way to make headlines with a few controversial quotes.
In the wide-ranging interview, done ahead of the premiere of his new talk show, the actor shared his complicated thoughts on the #MeToo movement, explained why "black people love [him]" and revealed which family member he isn’t really talking to right now.
It’s his comments about the black community that seem to be getting the most digital ink today, which he made after a man named Tyrone approached him on the street to say how big a fan he was of Baldwin’s Donald Trump impression on "Saturday Night Live."
"I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off, but ever since I played Trump, black people love me," he told the publication. "They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy. I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.’"
The remarks didn’t win him many fans on Twitter, however, where many users called him out.
The writer noted that Baldwin was also the one who brought up #MeToo during the interview, choosing his words carefully by saying he does want those "found guilty of some crime" to be held accountable.
"It’s not a witch hunt because a witch hunt indicates that there is very little truth, if none at all, and there is a lot of truth here," he said. "But what worries me is that this is a fire that needs constant kindling."
Baldwin shared that one of his former co-stars had been asked about his behavior in the ’80s by another publication, something she then shared with him.
"She goes, ‘Alec, they called me and they said that a wardrobe person said you sexually molested me and that you constantly had me sitting on your lap and they asked me for a comment.’ I go, ‘My God, what did you say?’" he explained. "And she said, ‘I told them it was ridiculous, that you never groped me.’ I just remember thinking in that moment, ‘Wow, they’re looking for people. This is a fire that needs fresh wood, and they’re coming for me.’"
While Baldwin had previously said he’d like to interview Rose McGowan about her involvement with the movement on his show, he didn’t have great things to say about her now.
"She’s a tragic front person for [the #MeToo] cause, and I say that because you don’t stand much of a chance of getting where you want to be if you’re going to arbitrarily alienate and excoriate innocent men," he said. "It’s like all of a sudden, she’s one of the Crips —- the head of her own gang."
Someone else he isn’t too keen on right now: his own Trump-supporting brother, Stephen Baldwin.
"To me, he’s like Rolfe in ‘The Sound of Music,’" Alec explained. "He’s just hanging out with the wrong crowd. I don’t know if we want to invite him to the Christmas caroling party."
Check out the full interview at THR.
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