Alec Baldwin started his career with so much hope. Looks, class, looks, decent movie selection, and looks were just a few things going for him. But as time went on, everything began to pucker and sag. So one can’t help but waffle between disappointment and borderline irritation when Alec Baldwin puffs himself up because black people totes love him now. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the formerly handsome hunk said:
“I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off, but” — and here it comes — “ever since I played Trump, black people love me. They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy. I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.'”
Whooo boy. Firstly, go read the article for full context. Because yes, I’m pulling this quotation from a lengthy article. Before this exchange, a black man named “Tyrone” praised Alec Baldwin for his parody of Trump on SNL. Fine by me, if people want to praise anyone for their performance in anything.
Here’s where Alec goes wrong, aside from not watching his macros properly in the nineties and early 2000’s: assigning motive. To say “black people love me because I’m portraying a man who’s presidency makes it bad for black folks” is rather a broad brush. Perhaps people of color or not people of color, like Alec Baldwin for making fun of someone. Maybe it’s as easy as the joy of parody, not some all important, brave rebellion of taking it to the white man.
Or maybe people like Alec Baldwin because us regular folk like famous television and movie actors. Just a wild guess.
Also does Alec come off a teeny, tiny bit racist here? Or is that just me?
Personally I prefer Crowder’s Trump impersonation: