Oh what a difference some media backlash makes.
Just days after going on a wild, homophobic Twitter rant after a journalist accused his wife of tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral, Alec Baldwin has vowed to quit the social media site for good.
Asked by Vanity Fair if he would ever reopen his now defunct account, the father-to-be didn't miss a beat.
"No. Never," he quipped.
So why the sudden change? Baldwin credits a revelation he had (ironically) while in the service.
"I went to Jimmy Gandolfini's funeral, and when I was there I realized that Gandolfini didn't have Twitter," he explained during a photo exhibit he curated at Gallery 151 in New York City. "Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and admired as an actor, and he didn't give a f*** about social media."
"I really learned a lesson at the funeral," he continued. "I said to myself, this is all a waste of time — meaning it's fun sometimes, but less and less. It's just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you. I stopped and said to myself, I'm going to try where I just don't do this anymore."
Unfortunately, most fans don't think he'll be able to stick to this new resolution. In fact, omg! set up a little poll and 90 percent of voters felt he simply wouldn't be able to stay away from social media.
We have to admit, though, taking a break sounds like a good idea. After all, this is hardly the first time the actor ended up in the hot seat for his occasional, but intense, temper. It was hard to forget the brutal voicemail he left for his daughter Ireland that was later played for the world — and perhaps no one has internalized the repercussions of that bad decision better than him.
"I'm having a baby," he noted. "And everyone has seen how certain things have played out with my daughter, which has been very painful. It's been really unpleasant. That has consequences, and I do not want that to happen with my next child."
But that's not all the star is hoping for.
"I have one dream in my life and that is this daughter I'm having — she comes to me about seven or eight years from now, she has a friend and she's at her house and she says, 'Daddy, Susie's mom says you used to be on TV. Daddy, is that true?' She has no knowledge of me as a public person. That would be heaven for me."
Though it might be a little hard to believe that Daddy Baldwin will be able to quit the Twitterverse indefinitely, it does sound like we'll all get a break ... for a while, at least.
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