Okay, there’s a lot to unpack here.
1) Mr. Baldwin seems to be under the impression that Decider is somehow affiliated with Gawker. It is not. Approximately four seconds on Google would clear that up. (Our best guess is he’s conflating Decider and Gawker’s old sister site Defamer?)
2) Even if it were, is Mr. Baldwin even remotely aware of the background and fallout of the Gawker-Hogan lawsuit? Of its chilling implications for freedom of the press under a president who has threatened to “loosen libel laws” and take down outlets critical of him and his administration? That the suit was financed by Peter Thiel, a loathsome Trump acolyte and toxic libertarian, for the sole purpose of settling a personal score? And that by announcing that he “cheered” Gawker’s loss in that suit, presumably due to their unflattering coverage of, um, things he did, he’s prioritizing his own pettiness over the First frigging Amendment? And that in doing so, he’s basically, y’know, Peter Thiel?
3) Cobb is right – she merely notes in the article that he hasn’t commented on Toback. (He continues not to.) Claiming he won’t respond to her request because she’s “such a dishonest, awful writer” is a bullshit cop-out, and he knows it.
But this last missive – which, according to Cobb, he tweeted after blocking her, so others could see it but she couldn’t (or respond) – deserves individual examination:
We’re seeing two things here. First of all, Baldwin will gladly believe sexual harassment and assault allegations when they’re aimed against an enemy like Harvey Weinstein – or, at the very least, deflect them to his nemeses at Fox News. But when it comes to a friend and collaborator, and the guy who directed a not-yet-released movie starring Alec Baldwin, the actor will look at over 200 allegations and immediately revert to a “let’s see this thing through, innocent until proven guilty” pose. So he believes women, as long as they’re accusing the right men.
And that “stick to divorces and plastic surgery” line is sexist trash, the same kind of nonsense we rolled our collective eyes at when Tucker Carlson advised Lauren Duca to “stick to the thigh-high boots”; he’s even using the same terminology. Aside from Baldwin’s aforementioned, easily remedied confusion re: Decider and Gawker, it would be interesting to hear if Baldwin would advise a male writer to “stick to divorces and plastic surgery.”
So, yeah, in conclusion: Glengarry Glen Ross was twenty-five years ago, 30 Rock has been off the air for four years, and it’s time to stop giving Alec Baldwin a pass for being the same kind of rancid Twitter bully and general garbage person that he plays (badly) on SNL.