Ovation: In Defense Of Alec Baldwin (Again) …
Alec Baldwin, 55, has never been a celebrity crush of mine. He’s charming in his own way, was extraordinarily handsome in his younger days and can be quite funny in the right role but, try as I might, I’ve never been able to be a true “fan”. It seems to me that he’s one of those Hollywood types who have made a career of more-or-less playing “themselves”. Every time I see him on screen, I don’t see the character that he’s portraying, I see one of the famous Baldwin brothers.
But acting, Hollywood and celebrity aside, I must admit that I admire the man for standing up for himself. He’s not afraid to take some jabs to the chin when he feels that he’s been done wrong. While other big-name celebrities might try to “keep things quiet”, Baldwin meets controversy head on and, so far, it hasn’t seemed to hurt his career or his image one bit.
Certainly, some of what he’s done or said is unquestionably insensitive and wrong. One cannot commend a man for leaving his twelve-year-old daughter a voice mail message in which he calls her a “rude, thoughtless pig”, but at the same time he can be commended for being a hands-on father who’s not afraid of confrontation. Baldwin has been living in the spotlight for years and, unlike many celebrities, he does just that … he lives. He goes about his business and he makes mistakes just like the rest of us.
This week he’s in the news because a woman with whom he had dinner several years ago was found guilty of stalking and harassing the star and his wife, Hilaria. After a three-day trial in New York City, the woman, Genevieve Sabourin, 41, was sentenced to serve two hundred ten days in jail for the five counts, as well as violating a protection order, and a contempt of court ruling issued after repeated outbursts in court.
I’ve come to Baldwin’s defense before. In December of 2011 when a scuffle with an American Airlines flight attendant over his refusal to stop playing the popular Scrabble-style game Words with Friends on his smartphone as his plane sat motionless at the gate landed him in the news, I thought the media was dragging him through the coals and I admired him for standing up for himself then.
I imagine that many celebrities empowered with his immense fame and untold wealth would simply write big checks to make something like this quietly take place without the tabloid media’s knowledge. But Baldwin doesn’t back away from the truth. He doesn’t hide anything … not his success, not his failure, not his poor parenting skills … and it makes him seem more normal. It makes him seem less “Hollywood”. And it makes me like him more. I may just become a fan some day.
Are you an Alec Baldwin Fan?
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