Given Past Controversies, Should Alec Baldwin Keynote Iowa Democrats’ Gala? Given Past Controversies, Should Alec Baldwin Keynote Iowa Democrats’ Gala? – NTK Network

Given Past Controversies, Should Alec Baldwin Keynote Iowa Democrats’ Gala?

Baldwin has been accused of victim-blaming women who have experienced sexual assault, called a paparazzo a gay slur, and defended people who have called for Donald Trump’s assassination.

By NTK Staff | 11.27.2017 @12:00pm
Given Past Controversies, Should Alec Baldwin Keynote Iowa Democrats’ Gala?

Alec Baldwin will be the keynote speaker at the Iowa Democratic Party’s 2017 Gala on Monday, which might seem like something of a tone-deaf decision in the current political climate given Baldwin’s past controversial remarks.

During a recent interview with “PBS NewsHour,” Baldwin seemed to suggest that actress Rose McGowan delayed proper justice of accused serial sexual assault Harvey Weinstein. McGowan alleged that Weinstein raped her.

“You heard the rumor that he raped Rose McGowan. You heard that over and over. We have heard that for decades, and nothing was done,” Baldwin told “PBS NewsHour’s” Jeffrey Brown.

“But what happened was Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him. It was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case. […] The New York Times wrote an article saying, ‘Do the settlement of these cases hurt the cause of exposing and bringing us to a place of real change?’” Baldwin continued.

McGowan took to Twitter to respond to Baldwin’s comments, citing them as proof that “everyone knew” about Weinstein’s crimes.

The public backlash surrounding Baldwin’s comments was swift, with many accusing Baldwin of victim-blaming.

Baldwin took to Twitter to address his controversial remarks saying that he would suspend posting on Twitter for a period given the current climate.

That’s not the first time though Baldwin has made controversial comments, however.

In 2007 Baldwin called his then-11-year-old daughter a “rude little pig” in a voicemail that was released.

TV Guide reported on the audio:

“In the infamous tirade, heard around the country in April 2007, Baldwin told his then-11-year-old daughter Ireland that she needed to have her “ass straightened out” and had “humiliated [Baldwin] for the last time.”

Then in 2014, MSNBC was forced to suspend the production of “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” after a video was published by TMZ in which Baldwin called a paparazzo a gay slur.

More recently, Baldwin has defended actor Johnny Depp and comedian Kathy Griffin for their comments regarding assassinating President Trump.

Baldwin won an Emmy this year for his portrayal of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” and has become something of an icon for the anti-Trump “resistance.”

But given his past controversial statements, is Baldwin someone Iowa Democrats should have keynoting their annual gala?

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