As the protests and riots continue to take place in cities around the United States, activists came up with the idea for #theshowmustbepaused initiative as part of “Blackout Tuesday” this week to stop operations in the entertainment industry. The goal of this social media movement is to take a moment to mourn the death of George Floyd, educate themselves about Black Lives Matter, and to bring policy change.
While numerous celebrities, organizations, and brands took part in Blackout Tuesday by posting nothing but black backgrounds on Instagram and adding the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter in the caption, Alec Baldwin opted to post and promote the latest episode of his Here’s The Thing podcast that features an interview with Woody Allen.
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Today Woody Allen joins me on my podcast via Zoom from where he is riding out the pandemic in Manhattan. We talk about working together, living in New York, directing comedy, and his new autobiography which covers his entire life and addresses the accusation of sexual abuse. Listen at the link in bio.
“Woody Allen’s new book, Apropos of Nothing, starts with a portrait of his father, a tough-guy World War One Navy veteran and onetime gunman in a firing squad,” Baldwin wrote on Instagram. “It’s the first of a series of surprising, fascinating stories from a life that went from working-class Jewish Brooklyn in the 1940s to movie sets in Rome and Paris. The book also addresses the accusation of an incident of sexual abuse leveled by Dylan Farrow.”
Baldwin promised his Instagram followers that his “candid and wide-ranging interview” with the 84-year-old director covered it all, including how he was doing in the age of coronavirus.
The 30 Rock alum shared a second post where he explained that he had made three movies with Allen, and they have been the “highlight” of his career.
Many of Baldwin’s 1.7 million Instagram followers immediately filled the comments section with criticism over his choice to post on Blackout Tuesday. To make things worse, he posted an interview with someone who has been the target of sexual assault allegations, and one person described it as “exceptionally bad timing.”
Baldwin fired right back, explaining that during the course of his podcast they have often booked guests that have either requested or required a specific posting date in order to promote a project. Baldwin said that they make every effort to honor those requests, and Woody Allen is no exception.
“As for the perceived lack of sensitivity re BlackOutTuesday, I had no idea about this … national day of whatever,” wrote Baldwin.
He added that he wanted to explain “three things” to his followers. First, the professional lives of some people can’t be put on hold at the “whims of political correctness.” Second, Baldwin said that he believes Allen is innocent, and he has a right to think that. Finally, Baldwin said that posting a black screen on today or any other day – even though it’s a decent sentiment – is not an effective political stance.
Instead, Alec Baldwin believes that a more practical approach is to vote on Election Day and enroll others to vote, too.