Alec Baldwin has issued an apology to the gay advocacy group GLAAD for using homophobic slurs against British journalist George Stark, who falsely reported that Baldwin’s pregnant wife, Hilaria Thomas, was tweeting during actor James Gandolfini’s funeral Thursday.
In a statement issued to GLAAD, Baldwin said his anger was directed at Stark, of the Daily Mail, and clarified that it had nothing to do with anyone’s sexual orientation.
“I would not advocate violence against someone for being gay and I hope that my friends at GLAAD and the gay community understand that my attack on Mr. Stark in no way was the result of homophobia,” Baldwin said in the statement.
Baldwin’s war of words with Stark ensued after the tabloid reporter reported that Thomas was repeatedly updating her Twitter account while at Gandolfini's funeral service. The Daily Mail has since disabled the link to that story.
Baldwin did not take kindly to the accusation, and launched a tirade against Stark on his microblogging account.
"If put my foot up your f**king ass, George Stark, but I'm sure you'd dig it too much," Baldwin’s tweet read. The "30 Rock" actor followed it up with another tweet that read, "I'm gonna find you George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna f**k you... up."
Baldwin's Twitter account has since been deleted, and he told The Gothamist that he decided to delete the account because it "isn't worth the trouble."
He also defended using the term "queen," stating that it did not have a homophobic connotation.
Baldwin said: “A queen to me has a different meaning. It’s somebody who’s just above. It doesn’t have any necessarily sexual connotations. To me a queen ... I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny. It doesn’t have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation,” Baldwin said, adding that he would have moved out of New York long since if he were homophobic.
Stark's actual sexual orientation is not known (to IBTimes, at least).
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.