Alec Baldwin deleted his Twitter account AGAIN on Wednesday, because of the ‘a–holes’ on the platform, after being skewered for commenting on Gillian Anderson ‘switching accents’.
The actor, 62, released a 10-minute video explaining his decision to leave after he was criticised for tweeting a link to a CNN piece about Gillian, writing, ‘Switching accents ? That sounds…fascinating.’
His post seemed to be a subtle reference to the row surrounding his wife Hilaria’s fake Spanish background scandal back in January – leading Alec to quit Twitter over the controversy but soon rejoin.
He also quit the social media network in 2017, 2014, 2012 and 2011.
The latest: Alec Baldwin, 62, (pictured left) DELETED his Twitter account (again) after being skewered for commenting on Gillian Anderson ‘switching accents’ – just weeks after wife Hilaria’s fake Spanish background scandal
Anderson won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series for her portrayal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on The Crown on Sunday.
The star, who speaks with an English accent on both Netflix‘s The Crown and the Sex Education, surprised some fans when she delivered her acceptance speech in an American accent.
That comes in contrast to the scandal involving Hilaria that began late last year, who came under fire as she was accused of faking a Spanish heritage and accent when she was born and raised in Boston.
The response drew the ire of a number of online users who pointed out the differences between Anderson and his spouse Hilaria.
‘This is no way comparable to your wife pretending to be from Spain,’ one user wrote. ‘Gillian Anderson IS American. How did people not know that?
‘She was born in Chicago and never pretended, outside her acting, to be British. As Thatcher, that was a role. You should know that.’
No more: A search of Baldwin’s account Tuesday revealed it had been deleted – he also quit the site in January over his wife’s heritage scandal but rejoined soon after
Feedback: Some social media users refuted Alec Baldwin’s implied comparison of the situations
One user said that Hilaria ‘pretending to have a foreign accent in order to lay claim to a culture and life story that isn’t hers just to exoticize herself is NOT the same thing as Gillian Anderson reasonably speaking two different dialects of English due to her (actual) life story.’
Another said: ‘Gillian Anderson is an actress that is often hired to do roles that require her to speak with a British accent. She spent half her childhood in England and has lived there for 20 years.’
Another acknowledged that the Academy Award nominee’s response was ostensibly to his wife’s defense.
‘Gillian was raised in London from shortly after birth to age 11,’ the user wrote. ‘She adopted an American accent in high school because her peers mocked her. Not the same as a white women raised primarily in the US claiming to be a person of color. But your dedication to your wife is noted.’
Alec shared a 10-minute Instagram video detailing why he was leaving the platform once again, clarifying that he is a big fan of Gillian’s.
His side of the story: Alec shared a 10-minute Instagram video detailing why he was leaving the platform once again, clarifying that he is a big fan of Gillian’s
He said that Twitter ‘is where all the a–holes in the United States and beyond go to get their advanced degrees in a–holiness.’
He added: ‘The problem with Twitter is, Twitter is a lot of haters.’
He thanked his devoted followers for embracing him, his wife, and his family, before saying there were also haters on the platform.
Alec said: ‘We just welcomed our daughter and one of the things that is just so simple and so basic, is that yes I’m significantly older than my wife.
‘And the unpleasant people, even on Instagram, don’t hesitate to hit me with that stick as much as possible like they’re giving me some new information.’
Baldwin also last left Twitter in January, weeks after Hilaria’s heritage controversy unfolded, writing at the time, ‘Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming. Not much of a party. Goodbye for now.’
Hilaria’s heritage fell under question in December after a social media thread pointed out inconsistencies in stories she had told the media about her upbringing.
The response drew the ire of a number of online users who pointed out the differences between Anderson and his spouse Hilaria
A number of her childhood peers said she grew up in Boston under the name Hillary Hayward-Thomas, and did not speak with a Spanish accent in those years.
She was seen in a 2015 Today show clip seemingly forgetting the world ‘cucumber’ in a cooking segment, which became a social media focal point as the scandal contained to make headlines.
She told The New York Times of the scandal, ‘There is not something I’m doing wrong, and I think there is a difference between hiding and creating a boundary.
‘I was born in Boston. I spent time in Boston and in Spain. My family now lives in Spain. I moved to New York when I was 19 years old and I have lived here ever since,’ she told the paper. ‘For me, I feel like I have spent 10 years sharing that story over and over again. And now it seems like it’s not enough.’
Hilaria on February 5 issued an apology over the scandal, saying on social media, ‘The way I’ve spoken about myself and my deep connection to two cultures could have been better explained – I should have been more clear and I’m sorry.
‘I’m proud of the way I was raised, and we’re raising our children to share the same love and respect for both.’
Baldwin and Hilaria are parents to six children – daughter Carmen, seven, and sons Rafael, five, Leonardo, four, Romeo, two, and Eduardo, five months and newborn daughter Lucia.
Alec clearly has a love-hate relationship with Twitter. After quitting the social media platform twice this year, he also quit in 2017.
The actor removed himself from the site in 2017 after being accused of ‘victim blaming’ for controversial comments he made about Rose McGowan accepting a $ 100,000 settlement from Harvey Weinstein in 1997.
In an interview with PBS on Friday, Baldwin admitted hearing a ‘rumor’ McGowan had been raped by Weinstein but doing nothing about it along with the rest of Hollywood.
He said it was ‘for’ McGowan to prosecute it and later said it was an ‘issue’ that victims of sexual harassment were sometimes silenced by cash settlements because it thwarted the course of justice.
‘You heard the rumor that he raped Rose McGowan. You heard that over and over. We have heard that for decades.
‘But what happened was that Rose McGowan took a payment of $ 100,000 and settled her case with him. And it was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case,’ he said.
McGowan, who has led an unrelenting commentary on the Weinstein sexual assault scandal since it erupted, responded furiously to his remarks.
‘Told you everyone knew. No one cared. Men ran the show. Women toed the line. No more,’ she said.
Announcing his Twitter hiatus, Baldwin said it was ‘never his intention’ to ‘blame the victim’ and said that his ‘heart goes out’ to anyone affected by sexual harassment.
And back in 2014, Alec quit after he sent out a slew of homophobic tweets targeted at the Daily Mail, which reported that his wife, Hilaria, had sent tweets while attending James Gandolfini’s funeral service in New York.
‘Someone wrote that my wife was tweeting at a funeral. Hey. That’s not true. But I’m gonna tweet at your funeral,’.
In July 2012, he quit Twitter again, two days after marrying Hilaria, with a final tweet reading: ‘It’s been fun.’
In December 2011, Baldwin deleted his Twitter account yet again following a row with American Airlines over the game Words With Friends.
He had tweeted that he was ‘reamed’ by a flight attendant for playing the game on his cell phone just before takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport and was removed from the flight.
He then tweeted: ‘Let’s play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10 PM NY time, unfollow me.’
The next day, his account was listed as ‘deactivated.’