Yesterday was Blackout Tuesday, a day that initially started as a form of silent social media activism and eventually turned into about a million Instagram apologies from the people who kind of fucked it up. But in general, it was a day that a lot of Black Lives Matter allies and supporters agreed would be a good day to abstain from self-promotion on social media. Alec Baldwin either didn’t get that memo or he just didn’t care, because he went ahead and rang in Blackout Tuesday by shamelessly promoting an interview he conducted with his very good friend Woody Allen on his podcast, Here’s The Thing.
Alec Baldwin didn’t totally ignore the Black Lives Matter action taken on social media yesterday. Alec has been encouraging people to get out and vote (which is, of course, isn’t the most helpful message to spread at this time, but it’s still something). He also reposted a Blackout Tuesday message from his daughter, Ireland Baldwin.
So Alec Baldwin is aware that social media is being used as a tool to spread information on Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality. But Alec posted this message yesterday, encouraging everyone to check out the most recent episode of Here’s The Thing, to hear all about Woody’s latest
sexual abuse denial memoir, Apropos of Nothing.
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Woody Allen's new book, Apropos of Nothing, starts with a portrait of his father, a tough-guy World War One Navy veteran and onetime gunman in a firing squad. It's the first of a series of surprising, fascinating stories from a life that went from working-class Jewish Brooklyn in the 1940s to movie sets in Rome and Paris. The book also addresses the accusation of an incident of sexual abuse leveled by Dylan Farrow. Allen and Alec cover it all — plus how he's doing in the age of coronavirus — in this candid and wide-ranging interview. Link in bio
He followed that up with ANOTHER post promoting Woody and his interview:
AND ANOTHER. Alec, we get it! Slow down, buddy – you’re working Instagram harder than a girl named Braylee with a pyramid scheme diet shake business.
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Today Woody Allen joins me on my podcast via Zoom from where he is riding out the pandemic in Manhattan. We talk about working together, living in New York, directing comedy, and his new autobiography which covers his entire life and addresses the accusation of sexual abuse. Listen at the link in bio.
Page Six reports that it didn’t take very long before people started calling Alec for his insensitivity and refusal to participate in Blackout Tuesday. And even without the Blackout Tuesday element, people thought it was gross that Alec would give a platform to Woody. Alec hopped into the comments to explain that the release of Woody’s episode was requested by Woody’s book promotion team. In terms of Woody’s longstanding reputation as an alleged child toucher, Alec believes that Woody is innocent. Also, that he wasn’t about to let “political correctness” impede Woody’s career. He added that he was not aware of Blackout Tuesday, which he called, “this…national day of whatever.” Ireland, come get your rude thoughtless hog of a dad.
To the surprise of no one, Alec didn’t delete any of his fan posts dedicated to Woody. He did, however, post a second time urging people to vote. Maybe his publicist gave him a choice between another voting post, or a tweet that said, “Sorry for that time it was reported I called that Black photographer those words.” Speaking of his publicist, let’s all feel just a bit bad for them today. They woke up yesterday morning thinking, “Great, here we go, another week where Alec makes the news for his friendship with an alleged pedo…”