Bil Browning

A Quick Aside to Alec Baldwin

Filed By Bil Browning | February 24, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Living
Tags: Alec Baldwin, anti-gay slurs, hate speech, homophobic bullying, transphobia

alec_baldwin.jpgHey Alec Baldwin... If you're going to spend so much ink on bemoaning how not-homophobic you are and blaming everyone around you for causing all your problems, it's probably best not to start your piece with a transphobic slur.

I met with Nick and others from two LGBT organizations. We talked for a while about the torment of the LGBT life many of them have lived while growing up in traditional Hawaiian families. Macho fathers. Religious mothers. We talked a lot about words and their power, especially in the lives of young people.

One young man, an F-to-M tranny, said, "Are you here to get dry-cleaned, like Brett Ratner?" Meaning I could do some mea culpa, write them a six-figure check, go to a dinner, sob at the table, give a heartfelt speech, beg for forgiveness. I thought to myself: Beg for forgiveness for something I didn't do?

I said, "No. I don't want to get dry-cleaned. I don't want to be decontaminated by you, Karen Silkwood-wise, scrubbed down. I want to learn about what is hurtful speech in your community. I want to participate in some programs about that. Or underwrite one. And then, like you, I just want to be left alone."

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say the lesson on "what is hurtful speech" didn't stick. I suppose it's something that Baldwin made it seven paragraphs before busting out with "tranny." At least he didn't call him a cocksucker or faggot too.

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