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Updated! Show Suspended for 2 Weeks! Alec Baldwin Condemns "Libertarian Trash" Who Are "Defenders of Gay Rights"

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This post has been updated at 10pm ET on November 15. Scroll down to read the update.

The latest rampage by rageaholic—and ultra-talented, btw—actor Alec Baldwin is on display at TMZ.com (click above to watch). After winning a case against a stalker, Baldwin saw fit to scream at and threaten a shutterbug on the streets of New York.

During the episode, Baldwin refers to the photographer as a "cocksucking fag," an insult that calls to mind a previous incident in which the 30 Rock alum and current MSNBC host threatened to foot-fuck a "toxic little queen" and "a toxic little bitch" who had libeled his wife.

While giving no quarter to what he sees as invasive photographers, Baldwin has checked in with advisers and concludes

This tweet came just hours after Baldwin had tweeted "Anti-gay slurs are wrong. They not only offend, but threaten hard fought tolerance of LGBT rights."

And not long after Baldwin had tweeted (and duly deleted) this slag on "libertarian trash" who defend gays:

I can't speak for the Breitbart crowd (though Andrew Breitbart was certainly a staunch supporter of gay equality) but the "libertarian trash" at Reason has been defending gay rights since the magazine's earliest days in the late 1960s. In fact, when mainstream liberal and conservative publications were still arguing over whether homosexuality should be decriminalized, we were already talking about marriage equality. If the state is going to involve itself in marriage (and it shouldn't) among consenting adults, it should not draw invidious distinctions and treat some people as second-class citizens.

I'd like to think that Alec Baldwin can understand that about "libertarian trash." But if his now-you-see-it, now-you-don't Twitter feed is any indication, he's already on to more important topics, such as conflating "single-bullet theorists" with minimum-wage flat-earthers:

Update (10pm ET, November 15): According to Variety, Alec Baldwin's MSNBC show, Up Late, has been suspended for two weeks. The suspension comes not because of the event described above but due to a threat and insult Baldwin made to a reporter for a local New York Fox affiliate earlier this week. Along with other journalists hovering around Baldwin after his testimony against his stalker, the Fox reporter asked him questions. To which Baldwin responded

"If you're still here when my wife and kid come out, you're going to have a big problem, you know that?" 

He then insulted the reporter, saying, "You are as dumb as you look. You are with Fox, right?"

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