ALEC’S BLACK EYE

Hit for say­ing mi­nori­ties love him as Don

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY GINA SALAMONE

Alec Bald­win’s get­ting back­lash for sound­ing a bit too much like the per­son he reg­u­larly mocks on “Satur­day Night Live.”

The ac­tor claims that “black peo­ple love me” ever since he started play­ing Pres­i­dent Trump on the sketch com­edy show lead­ing up to the elec­tion.

“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 ever since I played Trump, black peo­ple love me,” he told The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

“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 AfricanAmer­i­can per­son with the same brush, but a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of them are sit­ting there go­ing, ‘This is go­ing to be bad for black folks.’ “

Some felt that Bald­win — a die-hard Demo­crat and fre­quent Trump critic — sounded just like the man he im­per­son­ates.

“Some­one should tell him that now he sounds like he’s LIT­ER­ALLY turn­ing INTO Trump by say­ing this FOOL­ISH­NESS!!” Twit­ter user @SamFlow­ers posted.

An­other user wrote: “Alec ru­ins ev­ery­thing by open­ing his mouth. The rea­son he plays a rag­ing, fad­ing nar­cis­sist so well is be­cause he is one.”

Trump drew at­ten­tion for tout­ing his sup­port from African-Amer­i­cans at a 2016 Cal­i­for­nia cam­paign rally by point­ing to a black man and say­ing, “Look at my AfricanAmer­i­can over here!”

Bald­win’s com­ments were sparked by an ex­change with a young man named Ty­rone, who ap­proached the ac­tor and his Hol­ly­wood Re­porter in­ter­viewer as they left a Man­hat­tan pizza joint last month.

Ty­rone yelled, “Du­u­u­ude, you do that Don­ald Trump thing real good. Real good.”

Bald­win told the news out­let he draws that kind of re­sponse “in­ces­santly” since tak­ing on Trump on “SNL” be­fore the 2016 elec­tion. While Bald­win has yet to ap­pear on the cur­rent sea­son of the show, which kicked off Sept. 29, both the ac­tor and “SNL” cre­ator and pro­ducer Lorne Michaels im­plied he’d be re­turn­ing.

“I have fun do­ing it, there’s no doubt about that,” Bald­win said of play­ing the Pres­i­dent on a Septem­ber “Ori­gins with James An­drew Miller” pod­cast. He added that he’d do some Trump skits, “but not a whole lot. Be­cause I also think, and this is crit­i­cal, there is a lot of fa­tigue here.”

Michaels said: “I think there is prob­a­bly no other ac­tor who is look­ing to take that and fol­low Alec. And I think, for a new cast mem­ber to come in and try, that would be a re­ally tough thing to do.”

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