With a new man being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in Hollywood every day right now, Alec Baldwin decided to save people the trouble by outing himself as a “sexist.”
The 59-year-old made the comments last night after receiving an award from the The Paley Center for Media. “I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way. I’ve bullied women. I’ve overlooked women. I’ve underestimated women,” Baldwin said. “Not as a rule, [but] 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.”
Interestingly, he went on to say, “I’m from a generation where you really don’t, and I’d like that to change. I really would like that to change.”
This is noteworthy since Harvey Weintein, who, at 65, is just a few years older than Baldwin, cited his own upbringing for his behavior. When this all came out, the producer explained, “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.”
While most can admit that a few decades ago, men and women definitely did interact differently and the macho persona was pretty acceptable and common, rape (which Weinstein has been accused of by multiple women) is an entirely different issue.
Despite Baldwin’s explanation about the spirit of the times when he was in his formative years, he added, “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 as productive as well. A lot of what we’re dealing with within this issue is hurting our business. It’s making it less productive.”
What has caused this confession/call to arms? Baldwin claims that, although, he had heard rumors in Hollywood, he did not know the scope and that this has all been “a very eye-opening experience.”
Let’s hope that’s true for everyone.