Bil Browning

Stephen Baldwin: evangelical conservative or bisexual playboy?

Filed By Bil Browning | January 09, 2008 9:45 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality
Tags: Bible, fundamentalists, marriage, Mike Huckabee, New Jersey, same-sex marriage, Stephen Baldwin

"Actor" Stephen Baldwin swings far right now that he's converted to evangelical Christianity. In fact, he's about as far right wing as brother Alec is liberal.

When I hear about his latest fundie screed, I can't help but remember how big of a crush I used to have on him after seeing him in "Threesome." Starring Baldwin, Laura Flynn Boyle, and another guy who never went anywhere, the flick shows lots of butts, boobs, and romantic entanglements (with another maybe NSFW still shot after the jump). Fourteen years later, the actor has turned to Jeebus and Donald Trump to keep his star afloat.

Calling the Howard Stern show a few days ago, Baldwin endorsed Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy and condemned same-sex marriage with this statement:

I don't believe that gay marriage is in line with God's Word, which is found in the Bible. So, what I think doesn't matter; what I believe is what's in the Bible and the Bible says that gay marriage is not acceptable.

I have to wonder if anyone else remembers this movie. While it is apparently okay to snuggle up naked with another guy for money, when it comes to settling down in real life the actor has qualms. What the hell is up with that?

But then again, he has apparently gone down the anti-sex crusader route. Not that long ago, Baldwin was stalking a porn store and taking pictures of patrons' license plates while threatening to look up their identities and publish them in newspaper ads.

Actor Stephen Baldwin might be more at home on a movie set, but these days - and nights - the veteran of more than 60 films can be found on Route 59 in Nyack, New York, trying to shut down a business that shows movies - pornographic movies.

Baldwin, the youngest of the acting clan that includes older brothers Alec, Billy and Daniel, has planted himself on the sidewalk outside a new adult entertainment business located about one mile from his home and is photographing workers and their vehicles as they prepare the store for opening.

So again, it's okay to show nudity in his own movies, but he has to protest movies with nudity that have more of a plot than "Bio-Dome". (Remember that one? With Pauly Shore? You know it's good if Pauly Shore is your co-star!) It's okay to rub another man's hand all over your naked ass as long as you don't, you know, want to marry him.

Then again, he converted after 9/11. Seriously. I'm surprised he's not backing Guilliani since that candidate's stump speech consists of a noun, a verb, and "9/11." So maybe it used to be okay to mess with guys and girls and let your ass hang out for all to see, but if you do it now, the terrorists win.

"If the impossible is now possible," he recalled thinking after the terrorist attacks, "anything's possible. And if anything's possible -- my wife's a born-again Christian, I've been reading the Bible and I've been praying to the Lord to like, tell me what this is all about -- then Jesus could come back tomorrow. That's what I thought. Well, if Jesus could come back tomorrow, I've got a lot of work to do, because I ain't the guy that I want to be when Jesus comes back."

Perhaps when the savior comes back, he'll be more interested in those who fed the hungry and took care of the poor more than those stalking adult entertainment stores and endorsing presidential candidates in his name. Maybe he'll favor compassion over condemnation.

And maybe Baldwin will catch a clue.

(Good As You has the audio of Baldwin's appearance.)

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I don't know what's the worst about his most recent statement - that he thinks that the Bible talks about gay marriage at all, that he thinks that the Bible can be interpreted so flatly, that he really, really wants to believe that it says something about gay marriage so he believes it's there, or that he'd cynically rely on the book and expect everyone to fall in line with him.

It is interesting how he uses his converted status to gain more publicity for his failing career.

How much of all of this is conviction and how much is just the "any news is good news" mind-set?

And yes I remember the movie. It had no plot, but was kind of hot and steamy. I also remember it being very controversial (Eww! two men in a bed together!). Funny how the moral high ground shifts when cash is involved with some of these actors…

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | January 9, 2008 1:50 PM

That's the thing about "born-again": what you do matters not at all, it's accepting jesus as your personal savior that counts.

By that reckoning, Hitler's in heaven if he converted right before he pulled the trigger. Likewise Pol Pot, Stalin, Pinochet, et al.

It's truly crazy-making.

(Hot photo, though!)

CBrachyrhynchos | January 9, 2008 3:21 PM

Ugh! Threesome was a pretty low-point in the whole "bisexual-chic" flash in the pan. I remember coming away from it more frustrated that titilated.

More frustrated than titillated? I remember watching it the first time and thinking "That's it? A hand on the ass? That's all we get to see?" After investing an hour and a half in the movie, we should have gotten to see "the Director's cut." LOL

CBrachyrhynchos | January 9, 2008 6:17 PM

By the time it got anywhere, I was so sick of the whole love triangle of she wanting her gay friend, the gay man wanting their straight friend, and their straight friend willing to try anything that I had developed a profound antipathy for all of the characters involved.

And having been there, wiskey is more fun, less painful, and if consumed at the right sort of bar has a better chance of leading to hot sex with a MOTAS. Also, the whole dynamic of straight women who think that teh gayseks is so hawt really creeps me out, because at least in my experience they seem to have this impression that it's not as real, intimate or emotionally threatening as heterosexual sex.

Nicky Hansard | March 14, 2010 12:39 AM

Actually Hitler was a Christian... Many religious zealots will say 'all atheists are bad people, just look at Hitler!!!'. Yet they never mention that Hitler was a devout denier of evolution and was a firm believe in the occult and supernatural e.g. religion. He did it in the name of God and therefore would have went to heaven. Read the Bible and notice how many people are killed in war for their God. So technically they went to heaven even though it's a sin to take a life. Contradictory piece of shit book about fairy tales.

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Hitler was NOT a Christian at all and was a huge proponent of evolution because it fit into his scheme of producing a superior race and eradicating those not worthy. He was raised as a Christian as a young child but had no real faith. The post on here are amazing, how you all profess to know so much about Christians. I bet none of you have ever really vested yourselves in truly getting to know anyone in the Church. You look from afar at some that are trying to be seen and say "oh look that is Christianity". Jesus said you will know us by our fruits (not our perfection). Of course there are hypocrites in the Church just as every other walk of light. We all fall short for sure. If you want to see Christ, go see the hands and feet at work in Haiti and other places of great suffering. My advice is quit worrying about Christians and eat drink and be merry because after this life the mystery will be solved. As far as accepting Christ before you pull the trigger read about the thief on the Cross. It is not a matter of timing but of truly having faith. Not what you say or what you do or when you do either of those. Either you have Christ by faith or you don't. If you have Christ then there should be fruit in your life: peace, love, forgiveness, grace, charity, hope, encouragement, mercy... and yes your checkbook should reflect it as well. Ghandi was famous for saying he like Christ okay juat not christians. He baseed this on seeing a couple of missionary's mistreating someone on the streets of India. How short sighted. Sure they were wrong, but it was THEM that was building the hospitals, putting shoes on the feet, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked of HIS own people. Yet, he looks past all that they gave up... family, job ect. and only took a snap shot of their lives in a moment of weakness. I see the same spirit at play here.

Cystal Clear | March 4, 2011 4:25 PM

I sure hope that Steve is a true convert and not just a plant. How of the Baldwin brothers is now moving in 'christian' circles. I know the Lord can and will reach out to anyone, including Hitler and Pol Pot, because He is Just. Pol Pot's General converted and was interviewed during his trial. His heart was changed and that is what the Love of God will do in your life. Jane Fonda and others. God is real, Jesus is real and time is short. What would it take for you, the reader, the poster, to want to know God? World war III? Famine? Plague? Will you be lining up at your christian run soup kitchen, hospital, rooming house, when the shit hits the fan???? You will have to eat your words, but hopefully the people extending that hand of Love will be gracious and forgiving and will love you anyway...warts and all. I loveyou now without even seeing you and will pray that the Lord will show himself to you just as He has shown Himself to Mr. Baldwin. May the Lord Bless you. Crystal