‘Cancel culture has reached breaking point’: Alec Baldwin shares 14-minute rant defending Woody Allen and Andrew Cuomo, saying ‘you have to prove’ sexual harassment allegations
- Baldwin shared the lengthy video to Instagram Sunday; he defended due process, saying an accusation does not automatically equate to guilt
- In his video, Baldwin appeared to reference Woody Allen and Gov Andrew Cuomo
- Allen has been accused of sexual assault, while Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment
- Baldwin also hit out at cancel culture, saying that the practice had become more prevalent during COVID lockdowns as ‘angry’ people were looking for an outlet
- The actor’s social media activities frequently hit headlines
- Last week, he shared a 10 minute Instagram rant hitting out at ‘a**holes’ on Twitter
- Baldwin has quit Twitter twice this year, as well as in 2017, 2014, 2012 and 2011
Alec Baldwin has posted a 14-minute video rant on Instagram, hitting out at cancel culture and defending due process amid sexual misconduct allegations leveled at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Woody Allen.
The Hollywood actor, 62, shared the video from his home in the Hamptons on Sunday – less than a week after he posted another lengthy rant slamming ‘a**holes’ on Twitter.
In his new video, Baldwin again lambasted social media users – this time targeting those who are eager to ‘cancel’ famous men on the basis of unproven allegations.
Although he did not mention any names specifically, Baldwin appeared to be referring to both Cuomo and Allen.
Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by five women in recent weeks.
Allen has been accused of sexually molesting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. Although that allegation was first made 29 years ago, there is renewed interest in the case due to a new HBO documentary series investigating the claims.
Alec Baldwin has posted a 14-minute video rant on Instagram, hitting out at cancel culture and defending due process amid sexual misconduct allegations leveled at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Woody Allen
Baldwin began his 14 minute clip by stating: ‘I do have a few people going at me for defending people who have been accused of crimes… Well, I’m not defending someone who is guilty of something. I’m choosing to defend someone who has not been proven guilty of something.’
The star has previously spoken out in support of Allen – a director with whom he has worked with on three films.
Last month, Baldwin criticized the new HBO documentary Allen V. Farrow, writing on Twitter: ‘Who needs courtrooms or rule of law when we have trial by media?’
In his new video, Baldwin bashed the documentary again, saying: ‘I don’t care how many f**king documentaries you make, you have to prove it in a court room.’
He also appeared to hit out at Allen’s own son, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow, who appears in the new documentary and believes his father is guilty of the abuse.
‘They [Allen] haven’t been proven guilty. I don’t care how many Pulitzer Prize winning authors say otherwise,’ Baldwin stated.
Elsewhere in the video, the 30 Rock actor appeared to reference Cuomo, saying: ‘The Attorney General is going to investigate accusations against a Governor. Then, and only then, can we talk about people resigning.’
Baldwin has previously spoken out in support of Allen – a director with whom he has worked with on three films. They are pictured on set together in 2011
Allen has been accused of sexually molesting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. Although that allegation was first made 29 years ago, there is renewed interest in the case due to a new HBO documentary series investigating the claims
Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by five separate women in recent weeks
Baldwin told his followers that immediately condemning such men without evidence was an example of cancel culture.
‘The cancel culture thing has revved up during COVID. They [people] have a lot of times on their hands… They want to get on their computer and they want to take on people like me and they want to say every horrible thing that you can possibly imagine about defending someone whose been accused of a crime,’ he said.
‘The COVID has exacerbated everything bad in our society. People are angry and bitter. They’re p**ed off’.
Baldwin said he would no longer defend those who had been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
‘If it was proven beyond a reasonable doubt that this person was guilty, I would certainly be open to changing my tune and even apologizing to victims,’ the star declared. ,
‘I’m all in favor of tough laws on people who sexual harass or abuse, but it has to be proven.’
‘The COVID has exacerbated everything bad in our society. People are angry and bitter. They’re p**ed off’: Baldwin blasted vitriol on social media
Baldwin’s social media activity frequently hits headlines.
Last week, he shared a 10 minute Instagram rant after deleting his Twitter account.
He claimed that Twitter ‘is where all the a**holes in the United States and beyond go to get their advanced degrees in a**holiness.’
He added: ‘The problem with Twitter is, Twitter is a lot of haters.’
Baldwin deleted his Twitter account after he made comment on actress Gillian Anderson’s accent.
Baldwin’s own wife, Hilaria Baldwin, has been accused of putting on a Spanish accent and faking her ethnicity.
No more: A search of Baldwin’s account Tuesday revealed it had been deleted – he also quit the site in January over his wife’s heritage scandal but rejoined soon after
Revealed: Alec and Hilaria announced on Monday they have welcomed their sixth child via surrogate six months after the birth of their fifth child Eduardo, a source has confirmed
The Baldwins welcomed their sixth child, Lucia, via surrogate, last week.
News of the baby’s arrival came just six months after Hilaria gave birth to their fifth child Eduardo.
Alec, whose wife suffered two miscarriages in 2019, slammed several people who questioned Lucia’s paternity on Monday, telling one commenter to ‘shut the f*** up’ when they asked about the arrival of his youngest child.
Baldwin also briefly quit Twitter in January, weeks after Hilaria’s heritage controversy unfolded, writing at the time.
He had written: ‘Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming. Not much of a party. Goodbye for now.”
Upset: The 37-year-old initially revealed the news by sharing a photo of herself cradling the newborn alongside her five other children – which prompted furious speculation online
Baldwin clearly has a love-hate relationship with Twitter. After quitting the social media platform twice this year, he also quit in 2017.
The actor removed himself from the site that year, after being accused of ‘victim blaming’ for controversial comments he made about Rose McGowan accepting a $100,000 settlement from Harvey Weinstein in 1997.
In an interview with PBS at the time, Baldwin admitted hearing a ‘rumor’ McGowan had been raped by Weinstein but doing nothing about it along with the rest of Hollywood.
He said it was ‘for’ McGowan to prosecute it and later said it was an ‘issue’ that victims of sexual harassment were sometimes silenced by cash settlements because it thwarted the course of justice.
‘You heard the rumor that he raped Rose McGowan. You heard that over and over. We have heard that for decades.
‘But what happened was that Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him. And it was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case,’ he said.
McGowan, who has led an unrelenting commentary on the Weinstein sexual assault scandal since it erupted, responded furiously to his remarks.
‘Told you everyone knew. No one cared. Men ran the show. Women toed the line. No more,’ she said.
Announcing his Twitter hiatus, Baldwin said it was ‘never his intention’ to ‘blame the victim’ and said that his ‘heart goes out’ to anyone affected by sexual harassment.
And back in 2014, Alec quit after he sent out a slew of homophobic tweets targeted at the Daily Mail, which reported that his wife, Hilaria, had sent tweets while attending James Gandolfini’s funeral service in New York.
‘Someone wrote that my wife was tweeting at a funeral. Hey. That’s not true. But I’m gonna tweet at your funeral,’.
In July 2012, he quit Twitter again, two days after marrying Hilaria, with a final tweet reading: ‘It’s been fun.’
In December 2011, Baldwin deleted his Twitter account yet again following a row with American Airlines over the game Words With Friends.
He had tweeted that he was ‘reamed’ by a flight attendant for playing the game on his cell phone just before takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport and was removed from the flight.
He then tweeted: ‘Let’s play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10 PM NY time, unfollow me.’
The next day, his account was listed as ‘deactivated.’
Controversial: Alec quit Twitter in 2017 after being accused of ‘victim blaming’ for controversial comments he made about Rose McGowan accepting a $100,000 settlement from Harvey Weinstein in 1997 (pictured in 2007)
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