Joan Rivers Defends Alec Baldwin With Racist Rant
Was Joan Rivers’ defense of Alec Baldwin racist? The actor was fired from MSNBC and had his Late Night with Alec Baldwin show cancelled over his use of an anti-gay slur at a photographer two weeks ago. Famed comedian Joan Rivers rushed to his defense in the aftermath of his firing, but did so with a racist rant that offended plenty of people.
Speaking to TMZ, Rivers said the media had blown the incident out of proportion. “Everybody’s either a w*p, a ni**er, a ki*e, a ch*nk, a fairy, a m*ck,” she said. “Everybody’s something, so why don’t we all just calm down?”
Baldwin was shown chasing a photographer earlier this month and calling him a “c*cksucking f*g.” The actor denied using the slur and said he used the term “c*cksucking fathead” instead. while also insisting he is not homophobic. “My friends who happen to be gay are baffled by this. They see me as someone who recently fought for marriage equality and has been a supporter of gay rights,” he said in a column for Huffington Post. “But the assertion that I am a bigoted homophobe travels at light speed…without fact or reflection, [it] is accepted, even cheered.”
But MSNBC’s show may have had more to do with ratings than anything else. Ratings for his MNSBC show also dropped by 41 percent amongst adults ages 25 to 54 after just one month on the air. However, Baldwin didn’t seem too concerned about the show’s numbers earlier this month, stating that “if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of startup TV programming, and so be it.”