Alec Baldwin Deletes His Twitter Account Again Because “You Can’t Do Any Irony in the United States Anymore”
Alec Baldwin has once again deleted his Twitter account. The departure wasn’t prompted by further outrage over questions surrounding his wife’s claimed Spanish heritage, the sixth child they welcomed six months after their fifth, or an outburst similar to the one that led him to tell an Instagram commenter to “shut the fuck up and mind your own business.” Instead, it was a tweet about Gillian Anderson that ultimately pushed the actor to deactivate.
Baldwin logged on to his Instagram account on Wednesday to share a 9-minute video explaining that he was quitting the website after receiving backlash for a tweet in which he shared a CNN story titled “Gillian Anderson’s American Accent Throws Some People Off,” about how surprised fans were to learn The Crown star is, in fact, American not British during the Golden Globes. Baldwin commented on the story, “Switching accents? That sounds…fascinating,” seemingly implying some correlation between the accent Anderson put on for a TV show and the one his wife has been accused of faking throughout her career.
“Wanted to post a quick video to say that I deactivated my Twitter account today,” Baldwin began his Instagram address. While he didn’t want to mention Anderson by name, he explained, “I just wrote, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’ And of course, you can’t do any irony on Twitter. You can’t do any irony in the United States anymore because the United States is such an uptight, stressed-out place and such an unpleasant place right now.” He noted that he’s a “huge, huge fan” of the actress and didn’t mean to offend, but just wanted to point out that “the multi-cultural expression of anyone…that’s your business.” He continued, “But I find that, of course, on Twitter, which is where all the assholes in the United States and beyond go to get their advanced degrees in asshole-iness, that I had used it as a news aggregator, and I suppose I will do my best to find other places that are similar in their news aggregation in real time and periodicals I like.” He added that he “can’t say anything dark enough” to describe the users of Twitter, concluding, “The problem with Twitter is, there was a lot of haters.”
This is at least the fifth time the 30 Rock star has quit the social media website. He first took a month-long Twitter hiatus in 2011 after going on a rant about being kicked off a United Airlines flight for playing Words With Friends during takeoff, leaving the platform again a year later, two days after marrying his wife. In 2013, he again made a formal departure from Twitter after calling a Daily Mail journalist a “toxic little queen” over a story that claimed Hilaria was tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral, threatening, “I am gonna fuck you up.” And in 2017, he again exited the site temporarily after implying in an interview that Rose McGowan accepting a settlement from Harvey Weinstein delayed justice for his other victims, signing off, “Au revoir.”
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