Alec Baldwin’s attempts to quit Twitter don’t appear to be going very well; although he has, as promised, stopped using his old @AlecBaldwin account to vent his grumpinesses into the world, that’s just turned out to mean a lot more activity on the account that’s ostensibly connected to the Hilaria And Alec Baldwin Foundation, a charity whose primary goals appear to be supporting the arts, and also complaining about TV shows and personalities that Baldwin doesn’t like.
Like John Oliver, for instance. As we noted last night, Baldwin recently retweeted a series of rants from actor Michael Rapaport, criticizing Oliver for publicly questioning Dustin Hoffman about sexual assault allegations that have been made against him. Earlier today, Baldwin chimed in with some fresh thoughts of his own, taking Oliver and fellow host Stephen Colbert to task for transforming the late-night circuit from “promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat” into “grand juries.”
Indeed, he seemed especially angry at the ways guys like Colbert and Oliver use their platforms—which are inherently reactive to the day’s and week’s events—to comment on and push moral positions. (Although, in a later tweet, he suggested that he doesn’t necessarily prefer the “blithe chit chat” model either, lest we think Jimmy Fallon is suddenly off the hook.)
Baldwin later expanded his thoughts into a miniature essay, decrying what he sees as a lack of nuance in the public response to sexual harassment allegations, and implying that Hoffman’s actions—which reportedly included groping a 17-year-old girl—should be treated as “misdemeanors” not “felonies” in the court of public opinion. (He also trotted out “it was of its time” as a defense of the Oscar winner’s behavior.)
Baldwin has been a vocal critic of Harvey Weinstein and has publicly apologized—to varying degrees of success—for his own past behavior and self-described “bullying” of the people around him. He “quit” Twitter earlier this year, after critical fallout from some of his comments about the recent scandals, including stating that some actors, including Rose McGowan, “delayed justice” by settling with Weinstein after his alleged assault of them.