The voice of The Boss Baby is taking his tweets and going home. Alec Baldwin threw a tantrum on Twitter — again — and now says he’s leaving the platform for good.
And like everyone who leaves social media, Baldwin made a big, 10-minute announcement about it on social media. Celebrities: They’re just like us!
The 62-year-old actor posts a video on his Instagram, explaining that he was quitting Twitter. Why? Because fans roasted him over a “joke.” It’s the second time he’s “quit” Twitter this year. He said he was leaving in January as well.
Alec Baldwin Didn’t Like the Sound of Things
Alec Baldwin started this mess when he noted that Gillian Anderson’s accent “switched” in interviews following her recent Golden Globe win for The Crown. She grew up in the United States and England.
“Switching accents? That sounds…fascinating,’ Baldwin wrote, alluding to his wife’s recent scandal of faking her accent.
That’s when the backlash started and Baldwin, who spent years skewering politicians on Saturday Night Live, couldn’t take the joke.
“… And of course, you can’t do any irony on Twitter—you can’t do any irony in the United States anymore because the United States is such [an] uptight, stressed-out place and such an unpleasant place right now,” he wrote.
Baldwin Cancels Twitter, Stems From Wife’s Scandal
All of this comes from the scandal surrounding Baldwin’s wife, Hilari Baldwin, who was caught seemingly faking a Spanish accent and heritage. She used a thick accent in interviews and television appearances for years and claimed she was born in Spain despite being from Boston. Though, she did spend a lot of time in Spain growing up.
She later claimed it was a misunderstanding caused by her agents misrepresenting her past. Even though she did claim in interviews that she was born in Spain.
Alec Baldwin tried to defend his comment about Anderson but quickly gave up.
“That comment was made just to illustrate the point that I find that multicultural expressions of anyone, whatever country, language, music, food, clothing, art, whatever of those expressions are important to you, that’s your business,” he said about Gillian without using her name.
“But I find that, of course, on Twitter, which is where all the a–holes in the United States and beyond go to get their advanced degrees in a**hole-iness, that I had used it as a news aggregator, and I suppose I will do my best to find other places that are similar in their news aggregation in real-time and periodicals I like.”
So he signed off for good this time. Just like he promised to do in 2013 when similar claims were made against his wife, the LA Times reported.