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Saturday
Jun292013

Alec Baldwin Apologizes After Calling Reporter a ‘Toxic Little Queen’

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin issued an apology in a statement to GLAAD after calling a reporter a “toxic little queen” and “little bitch” in a Twitter rant after his wife was accused of tweeting while the couple attended James Gandolfini’s funeral in New York City Thursday.

In a statement posted on GLAAD’s website Friday, Baldwin apologized about his comments, which were directed at Daily Mail reporter George Stark.

“My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation. My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service.  As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize,” he said.

Stark had accused Hilaria Baldwin of tweeting “upbeat posts” about her upcoming wedding anniversary and her Thursday morning appearance on the “Rachael Ray” show during the funeral.

Known for his outbursts, Baldwin took to Twitter Thursday with some colorful language to deny that his wife had tweeted during the funeral.

“My wife and I attend a funeral to pay our respects to an old friend, and some toxic Brit writes this (expletive) trash,” Baldwin, 55, tweeted.

In another tweet, Baldwin threatened Stark.

“I’m gonna find you, George Stark …  and I’m gonna (expletive) …you…up.”

The 30 Rock star rattled off three more tweets about Stark before his account was disabled.

A spokesman for the Baldwins said in a statement to ABC News earlier today, “It is disgraceful that this reporter manufactured a story and never called for comment or explanation — especially when it needlessly diverted attention away from a day to honor the memory of a beloved figure like Mr. Gandolfini.”

Hilaria Baldwin defended herself on Twitter to her more than 14,000 followers.

“FYI I don’t believe in bringing phones into a funeral and I never did and I never would,” she tweeted.
“Here is some info… When someone tweets something at a certain time, and you retweet it later, it posts the TIME the first person tweeted,” she added.

Baldwin’s confrontations and blowups have become instant headlines over the years. Baldwin allegedly punched a New York Daily News photographer in the face last June after the actor obtained a license to wed Hilaria.

Baldwin was escorted off an American Airlines flight in December 2011 after he refused to stop playing “Words with Friends” on his phone

 

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Monday
Dec192011

GLAAD Raises Concerns over ABC Cross-Dressing Comedy 'Work It'

ABC/ERIC MCCANDLESS(LOS ANGELES) -- The premise of a new ABC comedy just doesn't work for GLAAD.  The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has posted an essay on its website in which it argues that the midseason sitcom Work It, in which two guys dress as women to land jobs, hurts the transgender community.

Matt Kane, GLAAD's associate director of entertainment media, writes, "During a period in which the transgender community now routinely finds itself in the cultural crosshairs, the timing couldn’t be worse for a show based on the notion that men dressed as women is inherently funny.  In fact, shows like this have the power to put the transgender community in an even more dangerous position."

Kane says GLAAD has seen the pilot episode, and while it does not address the transgender community, "Work It invites the audience to laugh at images of men trying to adopt a feminine appearance, thereby also making it easier to mock people whose gender identity and expression are different than the one they were assigned at birth."

Work It premieres on ABC on Jan. 3.

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Wednesday
Sep282011

GLAAD Sees Decline in Number of Gay Characters on TV

ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE(NEW YORK) -- GLAAD has announced that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters account for 2.9 percent of regular characters in primetime scripted broadcast TV for the 2011-12 season. That's down from 3.9 percent in 2010.

The percentage of LGBT characters on primetime scripted cable TV also dipped from last year, according to GLAAD.

From Modern Family to True Blood to Glee, many of the shows acclaimed by both critics and audiences are also invested in developing LGBT characters.

"We're ecstatic," Matt Kane, GLAAD's associate director of entertainment and media, said about ABC's Modern Family, which recently won the Emmy for best comedy series for the second year in a row.

"It's a great show, it's a hit with viewers and critics," Kane said. "We're very excited to see how they're going to approach this new storyline of Mitchell and Cameron adopting a second son [sic]."

GLAAD's report also found that there are currently no recurring black LGBT characters on broadcast shows.

"I think we're going to see more and more gay characters on both cable and network TV as time goes on," said Herndon Graddick, GLAAD's senior director of programs. "The American public is hungry for diverse characters. They want TV to be reflective of their experience in life."

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Tuesday
Aug162011

Adam Carolla Draws Ire of GLAAD with LGBT Rant

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Adam Carolla has caught the attention of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for making what the organization describes as ignorant comments on his podcast last week.

While discussing an online petition that lobbies for Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie to marry, Carolla said members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community should abandon the acronym "LGBT" and instead refer to themselves as "YUCK."

He also said, "When did we start giving a s*** about these people?"

GLAAD said in a statement, "Given his history of anti-gay and racist comments, networks and advertisers should know what their money is supporting if they choose to hire Adam Carolla.  The gross intolerance that he tries to pass off as comedy should not have a place on our airwaves."

Carolla offered an apology through TMZ.com, saying, "I'm sorry my comments were hurtful.  I'm a comedian, not a politician."

GLAAD responded to his apology by saying, "Networks and advertisers should remember that attacking people who are different from him, and following it with empty apologies, is just a regular part of Carolla's routine."

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Friday
Oct082010

CNN Anchor Joins Group of Stars Sticking Up for Gay Teens

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Anderson Cooper's jumping into the fight to stop teen bullying, and he's found a foe in Vince Vaughn.

The CNN anchor visited The Ellen Degeneres Show this week to condemn teen bullying.  A particular point of contention:  Vaughn's upcoming movie The Dilemma, in which his character proclaims, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay."  A trailer for "The Dilemma" featuring that line is currently playing in theaters.

"There was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'That's so gay,' and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview," Cooper said.  "They thought that it was OK to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it."

"I just find those words, those terms, we've got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids," Cooper continued.  "Someone else I talked to recently said that the words people use and the things people say about other kids online, it enters into their internal dialogue.   And when you're a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself, and the worth that you give to yourself.   I think we need to really focus on what language we're using and how we're treating these kids."

Universal, the studio putting out "The Dilemma," heard Cooper loud and clear.  Today, Universal confirmed to GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) that they will remove the "gay" scene from the movie's trailer.

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