Here we go again, further proof that our right to freedom of speech is being snuffed out! Alec Baldwin is not one of my favorite people, but because he lashed out and said something that offended people, he catches hell for it and is forced to apologize for his words, his feelings!
A British reporter made the claim that Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria was tweeting about wedding presents and television appearances, during James Gandolifini’s funeral, on Thursday. This set Alec off and he allegedly tweeted some threatening things in reference to George Stark, one tweet said that Alec would put his foot up Stark’s “f’ ing” ass but that he’d dig it too much! Alec also called him a toxic, little queen in a tweet that said that Alec would find Stark, and “f” him up!
Brutal it may be, but however warped or different someones opinions or feelings are, they are still entitled to them no matter what. As long as someone isn’t acting on their hate, anger or dislike, then the truth is that these are still words, no matter how ugly they might be. Threats are a horse of a different color though, you can’t go around threatening people, that’s not okay, and is often a precursor to violence.
People out there say mean, hateful and ugly things each and every day, it’s an awful fact of life, you can’t stop them, you can’t change people. You’ll never see the day when everyone agrees on everything, people are all different, opinions are different, feelings are different, and people were raised differently. That being said, some will voice their opinions, some will hide them for fear that they differ from the majority, or minority, and some will pretend that they feel the same as those in the crowd that they happen to be part of, that particular day! You can say that if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, then say nothing, or you can say that sticks and stones will break bones, but names will never hurt you, but that doesn’t mean that anyone will comply.
The good, the bad, and the ugly, opinions are all different, about everything, not just race, homosexuality and religion. As long as no one is hurting someone with violence, you can’t stop a person from saying what they feel, otherwise you’re suppressing their right to freedom of speech. It infuriates me that out there, every day someone is name calling or making a statement that someone else doesn’t agree with, and that’s just fine. However, you take a celebrity and put them in a situation where the press is around them all the time, they are caught saying something when they are mad, or simply answering a reporters question with honesty, and the next thing they know, it’s on the six o’clock news! They are put through hell as a result of saying anything just because they are in the public eye!
Fans are the ones who make these people celebrities, but I think that they forget that they are people too. They aren’t the personalities that they pretend to be in movies and on television, they have their own feelings and opinions about everything, just like you and me. Some are fans, until they hear about some scandal that’s been started by something they said or did, it’s like people want them to be some pretend character they’ve seen them play in movies! When they see a darker side……. and by that I mean…. when they realize that the celebs opinions differ from their own, all of a sudden they crucify them! Paula Dean is a sad example of that, she answered questions truthfully, owned up that she used the “N” word, and her so called fans turned on her in the blink of an eye! Rather than praise the fact that she was honest, especially on such a touchy subject, no people would rather jump on her and see her sink as a result of her not lying!
We’ve all got problems, we’ve all seen our share of tragedy in this life, there’s so many more important things to raise a ruckus about. Look at those poor children going to St. Jude’s for treatment of all types of cancer, suffering beyond belief. Imagine what their parents are going through having a child that is terminally ill, watching that child’s brave fight, each and every day. It makes you wonder why there’s such hell raised over what someone said in anger, what they said years ago,what was said in honesty, or why a celebrity going on a rant gets so much attention! Every one of us has been in a situation where our choice of words could have been much better, we’ve all been pee-d off about something and said things in anger that we shouldn’t have. Maybe we should stop looking for hidden meanings in what someone says, or better yet, maybe we shouldn’t keep feeding it media attention so that a flicker turns into a bonfire!