Target: Capitol One CEO Richard Fairbank
Goal: Disendorse Alec Baldwin as punishment for tweeting homosexual slurs
Alec Baldwin is a famous actor and spokesperson for Capitol One Bank. This may be why he’s been able to tweet threatening and homophobic slurs without any consequences. If Paula Deen, disgraced Food Network chef, is facing the consequence of losing her Food Network endorsement and her other sponsors due to a racist comment she said thirty years ago and after being held at gunpoint during a bank robbery, then he deserves to lose his endorsement for something he said currently.
For six years, tabloids have bothered Baldwin about the antagonistic voicemail he left his daughter, Ireland, during the custody battle with his ex wife. In that voicemail, he reportedly called her a “rude pig” and told her that she had embarrassed him for the last time. He married again in 2012, and it was this wife who supposedly tweeted during a funeral service. That story was debunked and removed from the presses. This favorable result came after a vicious series of tweets directed at the article’s author, George Stark of the Daily Mail.
Alec Baldwin tweeted in his threatening tirade, “I’m going to tweet at your funeral,” “I’m gonna f%@# you up,” “lying little bitch,” “If put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much,” and finally,”I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen. And I’m gonna fuck… you… up.”
Even if one discounts the fact that most of his tweets contain blatant homophobic slurs, it is undeniable that death threats are a disproportionate l response to libel. As a celebrity, he must know that not everything written about him or his wife will prove true. He can’t even be sure that everything written about him or his wife will be appropriate, but that doesn’t mean he can level death threats at every reporter who writes something that could damage his or his wife’s reputation. A statement and perhaps a demand for an apology would have been more than enough.
Please sign this petition. Paula Deen has been punished far more and for far less than he has.
Dear Mr. Fairbank,
It is only fair that all celebrities be treated equally. Why should Alec Baldwin get a free pass on homophobic slurs while Paula Deen is vilified by the media, the public, and abandoned by her sponsors?
Thirty years ago, Paula Deen said the N-word to her husband after she was held up at gunpoint. Alec Baldwin recently called a presumably gay reporter a “queen” and a “little bitch.” He has lost no sponsors, and after offering a half-hearted apology to GLAAD, has received no further criticisms. He even went so far as to say that had hadn’t meant to say “queen” as a homosexual slur. What else could he have meant it as?
Please disendorse this actor. He needs to learn that is not exempt from consequences.
[Your Name Here]
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