Bald­win has ‘bul­lied’ women and been ‘sex­ist’

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

Satur­day Night Live star Alec Bald­win owned up to his own past mis­treat­ment of the op­po­site sex as he called for a change in Hol­ly­wood and beyond af­ter a num­ber of sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against the likes of Bill Cosby, Har­vey We­in­stein, Brett Rat­ner and Kevin Spacey.

Speak­ing as he re­ceived a ca­reer honour from The Pa­ley Cen­tre for Me­dia on Thurs­day, he said: “I cer­tainly have treated women in a very sex­ist way. I’ve bul­lied women. I’ve over­looked women. I’ve un­der­es­ti­mated women.

“Not as a rule, (but) from time to time I’ve done what a lot of men do, which is… when you don’t treat women the same way you treat men. You don’t. I’m from a gen­er­a­tion where you re­ally don’t and I’d like that to change. I re­ally would like that to change.”

The 59-year-old ac­tor – who has daugh­ter Ire­land, 21, with ex-wife Kim Basinger and Car­men, four, Rafael, two, and 13-month-old Leonardo, with spouse Hilaria – went on to call for wide­spread changes to make the work­place “ap­pro­pri­ate and pro­duc­tive”.

He said: “I think it’s im­por­tant for us to try to make the work­place and beyond not only as com­fort­able and right and fair and ap­pro­pri­ate, but as pro­duc­tive, as well. I think a lot of what we’re deal­ing with within this is­sue is hurt­ing our busi­ness. It’s mak­ing it less pro­duc­tive.”

Alec ad­mit­ted that the huge num­ber of al­le­ga­tions against the likes of We­in­stein and di­rec­tor James Toback had been “eye-open­ing” for him.

He said: “I knew of cer­tain things – that there were ru­mours of things hap­pen­ing to peo­ple, but I didn’t nec­es­sar­ily know the scope un­til you hear the hun­dreds and hun­dreds of women who are com­plain­ing about this.

“It’s been a very eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me per­son­ally. We’ve got to be vig­i­lant in a new way to make sure that ev­ery­body is com­fort­able and that we get the job done to­gether that we’re there to do.” – Bang Show­biz

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