Baldwin has ‘bullied’ women and been ‘sexist’
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