The controversy for Baldwin first began in a recent PBS interview, one where he suggested that many of the women who took settlements in the midst of sexual harassment/assault investigations may have delayed actual justice. To be specific, he cited Rose McGowan choosing to take a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein in the past. These comments quickly came under fire by many on social media, with the argument being that Baldwin was blaming the assault victims for their decision rather than those committing the act in the first place.
You can see Baldwin’s initial comments on the matter below; as a response to the criticism he announced via Twitter that he is stepping away from social media himself to better assess future situations and to correct some of his wrongs. Read his statement below:
“It is with some degree of sadness that I will suspend posting on this a TWITTER account for a period of and in the current climate. It was never my intention, in my public statements, to “blame the victim” in the many sexual assault cases that have emerged recently I simply posited that the settlement of such cases certainly delayed justice, though I am fully aware that those settlements were entered into [with] the understanding that settlement is wise, intimidated into believing so. My heart goes out to all such victims. My goal is to do better in all things related to gender equality. Au revoir.”
Baldwin added that he will continue to post updates to his foundation account related to some of the work that he is doing in that space.
Does this impact his future on SNL?
It’s doubtful, and he could appear as early as tonight. We do think that he will need to answer to some possible critics within the writers room and the cast regarding his comments, but this isn’t the first time that Baldwin has dealt with controversy in one way or another. The best thing that he can do is engage with the cast and try to determine the best way to move forward with them.
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