For the life of me, I absolutely cannot fathom why the media gives Alec Baldwin a pass for his bullying. The audio of him bullying his own daughter over the telephone a few years ago was disturbing enough, and yet that didn't stop his career. Then, he allegedly called a black reporter a "coon" but that wasn't enough to get him fired.
More recently, he's gotten on the gay-bashing bandwagon. Baldwin incited violence against a reporter on Twitter by asking his Twitter followers to go after the guy, and Baldwin promised violence on the man himself while called him "toxic little queen." Now, Baldwin has been video-taped calling a member of the paparazzi a "c*cksucking fag." Soon after, he confronted a Fox News reporter, with his yoga teacher wife egging him on.
Baldwin has been suspended by MSNBC for two weeks, but one has to wonder why MSNBC hired him in the first place after his last gay-bashing incident. And Capitol One has kept him on as a spokesperson. What gives? From Baldwin's public behavior it's clear the man has anger management issues, is a hypocrite of the highest order, and probably acts even worse in private.
Yet, this is another celebrity who has gotten on the yoga bandwagon and has made a big fuss about his yoga practice to the media. He even went so far to marry a young, pretty wife who teaches yoga. Ugh. No amount of meditation is going to cure me of my distaste for "yoga trendies" who wear yoga on their sleeve like a badge of honor but don't actually honor the practice in their lives.
Let's be clear. The kind of yoga Alec Baldwin and his wife are doing is the shallow kind of physical yoga that can give you a toned butt, but doesn't do anything for your mind or spirit. If Baldwin did have a regular practice of meditation, if he were working on his spiritual growth, do you think he'd be lashing out at reporters and paparazzi using the worst gay slurs? No, he would not.
If his wife were truly dedicated to the practice of yogic spirituality, would she be encouraging him to go after reporters? Or enabling his insane outbursts?
In all seriousness, I actually fear for the safety of Baldwin's wife and child. His violent behavior in public, and propensity for bullying, along with his over-protection of his wife in public, all point to a personality type that would tend to be violent and controlling at home. I will not be surprised if we don't hear, a few years from now, that his wife has left him, frightened and scarred, because he was abusive at home.
He's the kind of guy who gets restraining orders put on him for wife-beating.
That the media - and pro-gay organizations like GLAAD - are making excuses for his behavior is beyond astonishing to me. But, perhaps like a battered wife, Baldwin's friends in the media and at LGBT organizations are in denial about his behavior. Making excuses for him.
The bottom line: If Baldwin were truly committed to yoga - the full path of yoga and not just shallow celebrity yoga - he wouldn't be out raging in the streets.
We can hope that he actually takes to heart some of the spiritual teachings of yoga and begins to transform his behavior. But until we see his public behavior improve, I will fear for his wife and children and call him out for being a hypocrite. We should not enable people who claim to wear the badge of yoga but then act abusively and violently in public like this.