CNN host Anderson Cooper ripped actor Alec Baldwin on Monday for denying knowing or using homophobic slurs against a photographer last week.
“Anybody can say anything they want, if he wants to yell ‘c-sucking f*g’ at people on the street or call people a ‘toxic little queen,'” Cooper told his guests. “But then, don’t lie about it afterward and claim you didn’t know this was an anti-gay slur.”
Baldwin’s new project, the MSNBC talk show Up Late, is currently on a two-week suspension after Baldwin allegedly used the language at a photographer filming his family in New York. But Baldwin denied charges of being homophobic on Twitter, MSNBC’s website and in a Saturday column in the Huffington Post.
“My foundation has donated over $11 million of a projected $15 million from revenue from my recent Capital One ads,” Baldwin — who acknowledged that his show might not return — wrote in the Post. “Many people don’t know that and when informed actually find it hard to believe. But the assertion that I am a bigoted homophobe travels at light speed and, at least in the case of those who like their internet news without fact or reflection, is accepted, even cheered, without a moment of doubt.”
Cooper and Andrew Sullivan, founding editor of The Dish, also criticized Baldwin’s threatening a Daily Mail reporter and calling him a “toxic little queen” for claiming that Baldwin’s wife was on the phone during actor James Gandolfini’s funeral.
“I’m sorry, but that is textbook schoolyard homophobia,” Sullivan told Cooper. “It’s disgusting bullying, and it’s about telling telling that person they’re inferior human beings because they’re gay.”
Baldwin and Cooper also quarrelled on Twitter Monday night, with Baldwin writing, “If I had Anderson’s paycheck and sorry ratings, I might be fast and loose with the truth, as well.”
Cooper responded, “Are you drunk? You’re kind of embarrassing yourself. I wish you well.”
Watch the discussion between Cooper and his guests, aired Tuesday on CNN, below.
‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’
The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.
"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.
When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.
Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?
The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.
"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.
The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."
‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.