A frequent detractor of the president has admitted to not treating women as equals. Actor Alec Baldwin confesses to being a bully to women in the past.
Speaking to an audience at the Paley Center for Media on Thursday, Baldwin, who often portrays a mean-spirited characterization of President Donald J. Trump on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL), said: “I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way. I’ve bullied women. I’ve overlooked women. I’ve underestimated women.”
Baldwin clarified that his behavior was only occasional, saying: “Not as a rule — 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.”
To explain his reasoning behind not treating women the as equals, Baldwin said, “I’m from a generation where you really don’t and I’d like that to change. I really would like that to change.”
Claiming that he would like to see a culture shift in business relationships, Baldwin continued: “I think it’s important for us to try to make the workplace and beyond not only comfortable and right and fair and appropriate, but 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.”
Considering the mountain of sexual harassment allegations leveled at Hollywood actors, producers, agents and others, Baldwin admitted that he’d been privy to information which indicated there was a culture of abuse in the industry, but he claimed he had no idea how widespread the abuse was.
“I knew of certain things, that there were rumors of things happening to people, but I didn’t necessarily know the scope … when you hear the hundreds and hundreds of women who are complaining about this,” Baldwin said.
“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.”
Baldwin was at the Paley Center to be honored for his “distinguished career” and efforts to support the organization’s educational initiatives.
Alec Baldwin got candid about the ongoing sexual misconduct in Hollywood, saying that he’s “bullied women.” https://t.co/sobVsFOx2j
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