Alec Baldwin is a quick man with an insult.
His latest target is Arpad 'Arki' Busson, a very rich guy currently producing movies. Busson is known mostly for his vast wealth, his philanthropy and for being seen around town with Uma Thurman and Elle Macpherson.
Busson apparently said of Baldwin that he was a TV star, not a movie star, and that touched a nerve. Baldwin is now hitting back. In an interview with TV Guide, he says of Busson, "He reminds me of a B-level villain in a Bond film. It's a part Robert Davi would play if you couldn't get Alan Rickman with a cat in his lap. He's a pockmarked toady who hops from yacht to yacht and bed to bed."
Baldwin also described Busson as, "some bloated little toad."
Baldwin seems a bit confused about the difference between 'toad' and 'toady'. But we digress.
What, exactly, Baldwin has against Robert Davi -- a respected actor and singer and the excellent villain of License To Kill -- remains a mystery, but that was likely just tactlessness in his attempts to go after Busson.
Baldwin is not the only celebrity who seems to think he has carte blanche to insult other people. Joan Rivers and Don Rickles do it for a living, of course, ("He makes Hitler look warm and fuzzy," said Rivers of Tommy Lee Jones) but lots of other celebrities have been known to take a swing at their fellows.
Just because they can, apparently.
According to flavorwire.com, Noel Gallagher (or any Gallagher, really) is known to fling the dirt, having said of Jack White, for example, "He looks like Zorro on doughnuts."
He was talking about Robbie Williams when he said, "You mean that fat dancer from Take That?"
In a notorious Los Angeles Times interview a few years ago, Joni Mitchell had choice words for some of her peers. She said, for example, "Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. Madonna is like Nero: She marks the turning point," but reserved her toughest slagging for Bob Dylan: "Bob is not authentic at all. He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception."
Maybe musicians have some kind of inside road on the bon mot, because Kanye West is known to be endlessly firing out insults by Twitter. He recently went after Jimmy Kimmel, saying this sort of thing: "Sarah Silverman is a thousand times funnier than you and the whole world knows it!!!" before stopping long enough to delete all his hate tweets. Pity none of these insults are witty.
Could Alec Baldwin be a frustrated musician? He is, after all, the man who told his daughter, then aged about 11, "You are a rude, thoughtless little pig," in a phone message.
When tossed off an American Airlines flight for refusing to turn off his phone, Baldwin tweeted that the airline, is where, "Retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s find jobs as flight attendants."
And when a reporter accused his wife, Hilaria, of sending tweets during James Gandolfini's funeral, Baldwin sent a string of offensive tweets along these lines: "I'm gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna f--- ... you ... up."
It's interesting to witness these ad hominem attacks -- Baldwin manages to be insulting, furious, etc. with his lashings of insults -- and this level of rudeness would not be tolerated in anyone else.
Imagine a teacher or a politician calling someone a toxic queen or a pockmarked toady in a public forum. Colourful language, to be sure.
Guess there's one rule for celebrities and a different rule for everybody else.