Celebri-spiral™: Enough Already

Our culture is in a celebri-spiral. We're conflicted over our ridiculous, growing celebrity culture consumption via magazines, websites, and TV shows. In 2007, my love/hate conflict made me take to the blog-o-sphere. All writing on this site © Dave Singleton 2009.

Friday, April 20, 2007

April 20, 2007: Happy Father's Day Alec Baldwin

This phone call caused me to have a complete celebri-spiral. It's one thing to read about celebrities behaving badly; it's another to experience it on tape. On the call, an enraged Alec Baldwin, who clearly needs to head back to Anger Management classes, unleashes a volcanic tirade of threats and insults on his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, calling her a "thoughtless little pig," and bashing his ex, Kim Basinger.

TMZ obtained the whole thing "unfiltered and raw" (dramatic Web copy, TMZ. Brava!) I mean, I hate it when my nieces don't answer their cell phones, but going all "Thea-tuh Actor" meets "The Sopranos" on your kid is not going to win you a Father of the Year award.

The tape cost Baldwin his visitation rights, at least temporarily, and I have a feeling a few publishing execs are praying there's an "out" clause in Alec's book contract to pen a tome on fathers facing divorce and custody issues. Um, maybe Kevin Federline should write this instead now.

Or, maybe someone should write a guide for celebrities so that they understand how to win on the new digital playing field, which records their every movement, drunken fall, panty-less escapade, and voicemail message. Instead of running the bases with ease, many of them are getting knocked out by the ball. Call the book "From here to youtube in less than an hour."

As for today's latest celebri-spiral, doesn't the Baldwin-Basinger marriage and subsequent divorce make War of the Roses seem like Ozzie and Harriet Have a Spat?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alec Baldwin makes his druggie brother looks sane. It's the Britney-Kevin bait and switch.

Monday, April 23, 2007 7:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am obsessed with this message. I play it every day. Not good.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Alec was wrong...the words he chose were abusive and his tone was threatening. Sadly, lots of parents speak this way to their children every day. What I want to know is--does anyone else think it is abusive of Kim Basinger (or her lawyers, same GD thing...) to have released these recordings to the media? Does Ireland really need this tape played all over the news evert time her name is mentioned--like maybe when she has her first stint in rehab, her first car crash, her first divorce proceeding, her first arrest? I mean, aside from having really crappy parents, she'll never enjoy another milestone now.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 6:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with Suzanne. I love how Kim Basinger says she didn't provide the MP3 to the media. Did she maybe give it to an assistant who then called TMZ? She was def. involved.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 7:22:00 AM  

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