Alec Baldwin might be done using Twitter, but he at least understands that an apology is in order for his seemingly homophobic tweets made against Daily Mail writer George Stark. The “30 Rock” actor has released an apology and defended his actions by arguing he didn’t mean to imply Stark is gay by calling him a “queen.”
“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,” Baldwin says in a statement to GLAAD.
It continues, “I have worked, periodically, with numerous marriage equality organizations, especially over the past couple of years, to achieve the very rights that gay couples are earning by recent court decisions. 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.”
In a separate interview with The Gothamist, Baldwin argues that he doesn’t believe “queen” absolutely connotes “gay.”
“The idea of me calling this guy a ‘queen’ and that being something that people thought is homophobic … a queen to me has a different meaning,” Baldwin says. “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. To me those are people who think the rules don’t apply to them.”
He adds, “If what I said offended everybody, that obviously wasn’t my intention. I’m not interested in offending anyone. If homosexuality was an issue for me, I would have moved out of New York years ago. I find that laughable.
Baldwin’s comments on Twitter were a response to Stark writing an article claiming Baldwin’s wife Hilaria was tweeting during James Gandolfini‘s funeral. One example of a tweet that people took fault with was, “I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f***…you…up.”