Alec Baldwin jokingly professed his love for a man in front of hundreds during a San Francisco Tech conference on Wednesday, an apparent attempt at levity while repairing his public image following last week's homophobic remark to a photographer which sounded like a gay slur.
"I want you to be my lover, Matt," Baldwin told a member of his entourage after asking him to stand up. "I love you, Matt. I love you in that way."
Baldwin has been in full damage control since he hurled what sounded like a gay slur at paparazzi last Thursday outside his lower Manhattan apartment building as he and his wife were attempting to exit their limousine.
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Though it is not definitive exactly what Baldwin said, the Emmy-Award winning actor has since claimed he called the photographer a "fat-head," and not the gay slur that also begins with an "f" yet ends with a "t."
Following the joke, the 55-year-old Baldwin told the San Francisco audience that throughout his life, there had been several men he loved more than woman, in a platonic way of course.
Since the altercation with the photographer, Baldwin has been suspended from his recently launched MSNBC show for two weeks
, and been criticized by some in the media, considering the rant is part of a much larger trend of Baldwin's apparently uncontrollable rage leading to his use of vulgar language perceived as being anti-gay or racist.
In June, Baldwin apologized for using homophobic slurs to violently threaten a British reporter who said his wife Hilaria Thomas had tweeted
about wedding presents and TV appearances during James Gandolfini's funeral.
In a series of tweets that have since been removed, Baldwin threatened British reporter George Stark
, who is openly gay, writing, "I’m going to find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f--k…you…up."
"If [sic] put my foot up your f---ing ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much?" Baldwin later tweeted.
Baldwin subsequently wrote a semi-apology to the gay activist organization GLAAD: "My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone's sexual orientation. My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend's funeral service. As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize."
The actor also told the Gothamist that he didn't mean "queen"
as an anti-gay slur.
"A queen to me has a different meaning," he said. "It's somebody who's just above. It doesn't have any necessarily sexual connotations. To me a queen... I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny. It doesn't have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation."
He added: "If homosexuality was an issue for me, I would have moved out of New York years ago. I find that laughable."
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In addition to his apparent anti-gay rants, Baldwin also got in trouble in February when he called a black photographer
for The New York Post a "coon," "crack-head," and "drug dealer."
During the same exchange, which again took place in downtown Manhattan near his home, Baldwin reportedly grabbed the arm of New York Post reporter Tara Palmeri and told her, "I want you to choke to death."
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