Alec Baldwin has dismissed criticism from Anderson Cooper over
anti-gay remarks Baldwin made toward George Stark, a reporter for the
After Stark accused Baldwin's wife of tweeting during the funeral
for actor James Gandolfini, Baldwin called on his 1 million Twitter
followers to “straighten out” Stark, calling him a “toxic
little queen” and a “lying little bitch.”
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper asked “Why does #AlecBaldwin get a
pass when he uses gay slurs?”
“If a conservative talked of beating up a 'queen' they would be
vilified,” Cooper tweeted.
Appearing on Howard Stern's SiriusXM satellite radio show, Baldwin
said that he was surprised by Cooper's criticism.
“That was the one that shocked me the most,” Baldwin said.
“What I realize about him is, everybody in the media, they have a
job to do. Anderson Cooper has a job to do. And that job is to try
to reinforce his credibility in the gay community after the fact that
you couldn't get him out of the closet for 10 years with a canister
of tear gas. Now he's the sheriff. Now he's running around writing
everybody a ticket!”