By Shakira Atitebi
A flight attendant was the latest subject of a Twitter outburst episode from Alec Baldwin after the actor was booted from a plane at Los Angeles International Airport for playing Word with Friends on his cell phone as his plane was about to take off for New York.
Baldwin took to Twitter and said, “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt.”
Baldwin’s rep told People magazine, “Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing Words with Friends while parked the gate. He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it.” Baldwin caught a different flight to New York after the incident and was sure to tweet that the flight attendants on his next flight looked “smarter.”
He later added, “Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”
American Airlines commented on too, taking appropriately to Twitter to issue a statement: “Our flight attendants were following federal safety procedures on electronic devices when aircraft door is closed.”
The American Airlines fiasco is only the latest brouhaha the actor has initiated on Twitter, read on to see who else the Emmy-winning “30 Rock” actor has tussled with on the Interweb. (Update: Baldwin has reportedly deactivated his Twitter account!)
Baldwin and conservative blogger Michelle Malkin exchanged some pretty harsh words over the social networking site regarding the execution of Troy Davis.
After Baldwin sent out many tweets condemning the execution, Malkin responded by posting a tweet poking fun at the actor, writing, “Waiting for Hollyweirdo @alecbaldwin ’s ’I am Troy Davis’ tweet…”
That’s when Baldwin lost it. He launched a serious of tweets at Malkin, including ” Everyone tweet that great thinker @michellemalkin and ask her what killing a potentially innocent man does to make you safer” and “I wonder if @michellemalkin will push the needle in herself on a man the former FBI director said might have reasonable doubt on his side.” Thousands of Baldwin’s supporters sent Malkin some incredibly harsh words.
Baldwin also got into it with New York State Senate GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The New York Daily News reports the fight began when Skelos mentioned Baldwin’s name in connection to his opposition to a millionaire’s tax. “We can’t be influenced by the Alec Baldwin’s of the world that are just buying a $17 million condo in Greenwich Village,” Skelos said.
Baldwin responded with a series of Twitter messages, challenging the Republican representative to release his tax returns and personal itinerary for the past ten years. “C’mon Dean Skelos!! You professional distorted [sic] of facts!! Join me in a press conference. And bring your tax returns!!”
“Only a Nassau County Republican tool like Dean Skelos could drag my name into a debate on state income tax,” the actor continued. “His partisanship doesn’t bother me, It’s that he’s so dumb.”
Outside of the political sphere, Baldwin got into some hot water when he hit Twitter to blow off steam about an unpleasent experience he had at Starbucks. Baldwin lashed out at an employee, mentioning his name and even tweeting the exact location of the well-know coffee chain where the incident happened.
“Starbucks on 93 and B’way. Uptight Queen barrista [sic] named JAY has an attitude problem,” he posted. Some LGBT blogs were not pleased with the actor’s seeming use of an offensive term, though they were also quick to note that the star has long been a staunch gay rights supporter.
Lest you think all Baldwin does on Twitter is complain, he hit the twitterverse to praise a worker at another neighborhood spot. “Clyde, on the other hand, outside DINOSAUR BARBECUE @ W 125 n H River is MY MAN,” he tweeted. “Keeping the hickory ovens going, he is 2dayz Coolest NYer.”
And while it wasn’t on Twitter, Baldwin used his blog on a pre-AOL-merger Huffington Post to slam AOL for an article it published on its homepage.
“Today, on AOL’s homepage, I am accused of insulting actor Jim Parsons for sending him a congratulatory gift basket, inside of which I added a card that read ’Congratulations you talented, charming bastard.’ I thought that was a joke. I think Parsons knew that. I think anyone on Earth could see that. Except the eighth degree, black belt idiots that compose the AOL homepage,” he wrote. “I’m still a loyal AOL user. In spite of the fact that its homepage content is written by the dumbest bastards in the world.”
At least he doesn’t sugarcoat his feelings?