Alec Baldwin Goes on Homophobic Twitter Rant
Not happy when reporter claims wife was tweeting during funeral
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2013 9:53 AM CDT
Updated Jun 28, 2013 10:59 AM CDT
Alec Baldwin, left, and his wife Hilaria Thomas arrive at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine before funeral services for actor James Gandolfini, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – While attending James Gandolfini's funeral yesterday, Alec Baldwin's wife Hilaria was also allegedly ... tweeting ... and not about Gandolfini's death. This was pointed out by George Stark in the Daily Mail, and to say Baldwin didn't take it well would be a bit of an understatement. He and Hilaria both refuted the charges (one source claims Hilaria left the funeral early because she wasn't feeling well and tweeted on the way home; Hilaria herself claims she was just retweeting others, and the time stamp shows up the same as the original tweet), but Baldwin's refutations were, shall we say, somewhat more spirited than his wife's, and included some homophobic comments. His tweets on the matter were captured by the Huffington Post and the Atlantic Wire before he deleted his Twitter account entirely. A select few (others are worse):

  • "My wife DID NOT use her phone, in any capacity, at our friends [sic] funeral."
  • "I'm gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna"
  • "I want all of my followers and beyond to straighten out this f---ing little b---h, George Stark."
The more measured response from Baldwin's publicist: "It is disgraceful that this reporter manufactured a story and never called for comment or explanation—especially when it needlessly diverted attention away from a day to honor the memory of a beloved figure like Mr Gandolfini."

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Jul 1, 2013 8:20 PM CDT
Lead poisoning. As a child, if you have had lead intake you have a propensity to act out violently. See link: Some 30 years ago, scientists in Boston discovered that children exposed to lead from gasoline exhausts, dust and paint became impulsive, aggressive and had trouble learning in school. Now scientists report that when those children grew up, they unleashed a wave of crime on the country. And while our wave of lead poisoning and violent crime is on the decline, all across the Third World from India to Mexico lead levels in the environment and in children are rising due to industrial pollution, recycling car batteries, gold mining, pottery making and other activities. If these countries experience a similar spike in violent crime linked to lead exposure, it may be far harder to control given the lack of modern and impartial, medical, counseling, policing, prosecution and incarceration services. "Low self control" which was a characteristic of high lead children, "is among the most important predictors of criminal behavior" said the scientists in an article published in Environment International. The study by Howard W. Mielke of Tulane University and Sammy Zahran of Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, paints a picture of tens of thousands of young people -- mainly men -- who committed crimes under the influence of a ubiquitous toxic substance that permeated the air, dust and houses where they were brought up. "...exposure to Pb (lead) alters neurotransmitter and hormonal systems and may therefore generate aggressive and violent behavior," said Mielke and Zahran in their article, entitled "The urban rise and fall of air lead (Pb) and the latent surge and retreat of societal violence." Lead levels rose in the 70s, peaked in 1992 and then fell afterwards as lead gasoline was phased out and lead paint banned. Violent crime made an exactly parallel rise and fall in the same years, peaking around 1992 before tapering off as lead levels fell. The article's statistics came from Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, San Diego, Atlanta and New Orleans - a broad cross-section of urban America. I first learned that lead was affecting behavior when I lived in Cambridge, Mass. I was concerned for my own children's health. Lead threats became the subject of my first freelance articles after journalism school. In 1979 I interviewed Dr. Herbert Needleman of Harvard University Medical School, the visionary doctor who suspected that lead was having a terrible impact on the children of poor neighborhoods, often laced with busy roads spewing lead in auto exhaust. He invited local parents to send him their children's baby teeth when they fell out. In cross-sections of the teeth, he was able to discover the record of their lead exposure. Lead is similar to and may replace calcium in the human body. When he compared the school reports on these children with their record of lead exposure what he found was explosive. High-lead children were much more likely to be out of control and learn poorly in their classes. The "doctor good tooth" study provoked a predictable debate as gasoline companies tried to sue and discredit Needleman's work. Apart from making life miserable for the doctor -- who deserved a Nobel prize rather than endless and costly lawsuits -- the gasoline makers were forced to remove lead from their gas. As soon as they did, lead levels in children fell and the average U.S. IQ score rose more than five points. Now the lead exposure in children has been linked to the wave of crime that rose and fell in tandem with the lead rise and fall, the Mielke and Zahran study published last year has shown. "Low self control is among the most important predictors of criminal behavior," they wrote. "Low self control increased significantly with childhood exposure to lead" they added, citing the work of Needleman who said children suffered a permanent loss of "about four to six [IQ] points." "We have shown that a shift in this magnitude predicts a fourfold increase in in the rate of severely impaired children (IQ less than 80)" Needleman added. Needleman also noted that "lead poisoned children ... have profound impulse control problems, as reflected in higher rates of juvenile delinquency." Another researcher, J.W. Reyes, said "reductions in lead emissions 22 years prior resulting from the removal of lead in gasoline are responsible for 56 percent of the decline in U.S. ... violent crime in the 1990s." It is clear from the evening news that violence is a huge and threatening phenomenon worldwide. Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and many other countries are far less safe now than 20 years ago. Exposure to lead is increasing in these countries as they develop and it possibly is adding fuel to the fire of crime, terrorism, ethnic conflict and other issues. "The association between crime and preschool blood lead should lend urgency to global efforts to eliminate preschool lead exposure," said Rick Nevin, a researcher cited by the authors of the paper. It's clear that no society wants violent criminals walking the streets. But it is tragic to think that many violent offenders locked up in prisons today might have simply been deformed by toxic lead in their childhood environment -- substances that their parents were unable to detect or to prevent from poisoning their children.
Jul 1, 2013 10:20 AM CDT
far from homophobic. just cuz he called someone a queen? lol people are sooo uptight these days... now everyones going to assume he hates gay people?? LOL if anything the story should be on the disrespectful paparazzi who is trying to smear the character of people while theyre at a fcking FUNERAL! I would have been just as pissed. baldwin 1 - b*tch queen 0
Jun 30, 2013 3:00 PM CDT
I'm not a homophobe myself. But if I get surrounded by strange looking guys and forced into a corner, I do get a little bit afraid that they are going to grab me and shove things up my butt. Is there something wrong with me ?