By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
Accomplished actor Alec Baldwin, 55, addresses his decision to keep out of the public eye and the reasons behind it in an essay published by Vulture last week.
The Long Island actor has starred in many productions on film, television and Broadway. He is most famous for his role as Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock”, which ended with its seventh season in Jan. 2013
His unfortunate run-ins with paparazzi, however have also garnered more attention than his television role, particularly when he’s dropped gay slurs. His most recent use incident, which occurred in Nov. 2013, put him in hot water with prominent members of the LGBT community such as Anderson Cooper and Andrew Sullivan.
In his essay, Baldwin acknowledges these events as misconstrued by the media. In fact, he goes on to mention that he contacted different LGBT organizations and talked with them in order to gain a better perspective about the plight that those who fall under LGBT often face. He goes on to lament about the state of public life, in which there is no privacy due to the ease of snapping pictures on smart phones and the fast paced social media world.
Of course, it all comes back to the slur that set off all his recent hardships. That slur lost him his show on MSNBC as well as respect and credibility among various established personalities.
I think being a celebrity of Baldwin’s status in this day and age is a sacrifice. At the expense of privacy and personal space, you achieve fame and glory. While it may not be fair by any means, it is the choice Baldwin made a long time ago.
Society’s appetite for outrageous and controversial stories is at an all time high. People like Alec Baldwin give audiences around the country opportunities to observe and judge him, almost like a zoo animal, often without realizing one key fact: celebrities are humans too.
As shameful as Baldwin’s comments were, it does bring to light the fact that these slurs are accepted by some places. As someone who currently lives in a city full of college students, I’ve heard equally as hurtful – if not worse – comments from students to their friends in passing. While Baldwin is much older, and therefore perceived as wiser, in the heat of the moment anything can slip out.
At least Baldwin had the courage to address his critics and put out his thoughts and feelings. While these thoughts may have burned bridges and incited negativity, he created a way to address the dialogue that’s been leveled against him.
And let’s not forget that he did end the essay with a concession: “And, admittedly, this is how I feel in February of 2014.”
Rather than charging Baldwin with a list of grievances he has committed, perhaps we as a society should take a closer examination at what we find acceptable in public. If anything, Baldwin’s blunders serve as a reminder to the rest of us that there is still a ways to go in fully accepting the LGBT community, and that we are all accountable for the actions we take and the words we say.
By Kyra Louie, Staff Writer
Woosh, woosh, woosh, ding, woosh, woosh, ding, woosh, thwack, incoherent screaming.
I’m sure that we’ve all heard this, or have been through this, at least once in the past few weeks. This, my friends, is none other than the sound of Flappy Bird.
The popular, yet frustrating app was taken down Sunday at noon by the app’s creator, Dong Nguyen, and there’s a lot of speculation as to his motives behind the move. Some believe that he received death threats from unhappy customers, others said that the game was ruining his life, as well as the lives of the players.
Nguyen received $50,000 a day from ad revenue on Flappy Bird, yet he still took it down.
If you’ve ever tried the game, you would know that it is very difficult (and incredibly frustrating) for most people. Some love it, some hate it. College of Communication sophomore Jacqlene Boening has a high score of 22 points.
“I think Flappy Bird is a really great game and people who think that it’s impossible to win just haven’t strategized or tried hard enough,” she said.
My high score is 38, and I’m not sure if it will ever get higher than that. But, somehow, this game draws me in like a magnet, and before I know it, two hours have passed. I really do like this game because it’s challenging.
But that’s also what makes people like College of Arts and Sciences freshman Andre Orlando hate it.
“Flappy Bird is a boring person’s idea of fun, along with BuzzFeed and the show Scandal,” he said.
But for all the hate that this app has gotten, its absence has taken a toll on many, and some have even resorted to selling phones with Flappy Bird installed on Ebay for thousands of dollars. There have been many apps made as spinoffs of Flappy Bird, but they will never receive the same kind of popularity that Flappy Bird has gotten over the past few weeks.
“It’s embarrassing that our society is obsessed with this kind of stuff,” says Hayley McNutt, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences who refused to download the app while it was still on the market.
But there is good news for those of us who desperately want Flappy Bird back in our lives. On Monday, Nguyen told the world that he is not finished yet. So beware, users, there may be an equally (if not more) addicting game out sometime in the future.
In the meantaime, here’s a good way to stop that urge to play:
By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
It’s that time of the year again. Students are back in school, the cool weather is on its way and everyone’s favorite shows are returning for the fall season. Here are a few shows I think you should look out for:
Since I’m a native New Yorker, I have an overwhelming bias for Law and Order: SVU. Season 14’s finale ended with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. [SPOILER ALERT BELOW]
Detective Olivia Benson, one of the show’s remaining original characters, returns home following a disappointing verdict in which a rapist is acquitted of assault charges. She hears a strange noise in her apartment and attempts to investigate where it’s coming from, only to find the acquitted rapist in her living room with a gun pointing in her direction. Then, the screen fades to black. Will Benson survive the ordeal or are her days numbered? SVU airs on NBC on Wednesday nights.
The show that’s loosely based on the life on COM’s very own PR alum Judy Smith has been one of the most popular shows on television since the series premiered in April 2012. Ms. Olivia Pope and her incredible crisis management staff are responsible for cleaning up the mistakes of people and preventing their secrets from being exposed. They fix people’s problems before these problems ruin their lives. Pope is strong when it comes to the workplace but becomes vulnerable when in the vicinity of her former client, the current President of the United States. She has feelings for the president, and the feelings are mutual between the two. Will they ever become an item? We’ll just have to wait and see. Scandal shall return for its third season on October 3 on ABC.
The Marvel based show premiered on September 24 to a resounding 12.12 million viewers, which is pretty awesome. The series premiere was the largest for a network drama in four years. People really go crazy for anything Marvel related. The show follows around Agent Phil Coulson as he assembles a select group of agents known as the S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect the world from evil. Sounds like a typical Marvel plot, doesn’t it? It’s going to be interesting to see if the show continues to attract large amounts of viewers, since this is Marvel’s first television series. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesday nights.
CBS’s new show grips you right from the start. A prominent doctor, who is moments away from performing brain surgery on the president, is abducted along with her family. The assailants inform her that her family will die unless she kills the president during the operation. What would you do in that situation? Be known as the doctor responsible for killing the president or risk your family’s life for the sake of saving one of the most powerful men in the world? Tough call. Hostages airs on CBS at 10 pm on Tuesdays.
By Amira Francis, Staff Writer
Let’s picture a scenario: you go out to the mall with a friend to have a day of shopping. While you’re there, you decide to go to a makeup store to try on various eye-shadows and eyeliners. You and your friend see the perfect shade of lipstick, but, upon a closer look, realize that the price tag is way out of your price-range. Your friend pockets it. Minutes later, she’s escorted out by security and arrested for theft.
Now, would this deter you from stealing and committing this same crime in the future, or would you assume that you are just too sneaky to be caught like she was?
After the CIA’s most recent scandal involving the resignation of David Petraeus, the CIA’s director, you have to wonder the same kind of thing: do public figures who continue to attempt extramarital affair really think that they can escape unscathed from the curious eyes of the press? It seems like it rarely works out in their favor.
Does love (or sex) make humans blind to the dangers of committing this betrayal and facing the ultimate shame of hearing the news blasted around the country? Throughout civilization, public figures have made this same mistake over and over and over again, whether it’s man or woman, legal or not.
And how we forget these other infamous adulterers?: Jesse James, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, LeAnn Rimes and a number of others.
Surely, everyone remembers the Bill Clinton scandal. Like Petraeus, Clinton committed adultery while he was in a position of vast leadership. For obvious reasons, this is concerning. It is concerning because people with such responsibility decide to make such rash decisions and it is concerning because they think that they can get away with it. In this case, Clinton thought he could get away with it months after people started making allegations. He maintained that he did not have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, and continued to dodge accusations and manipulate words.
It was only when Lewinski turned proof over that Clinton came clean after months of denial, which makes you wonder: what kind of integrity do those who we put in power have?
Unlike Clinton, Petraeus came clean relatively quickly. He was not asked to resign, but rather made the choice and showed repentance for his actions. His affair, like many public official’s affairs, could have had serious consequences on not only his organization, but the entire country (consequences that are still being contended).
Petraeus, however, owned up and removed himself from the position. You could question why he did so (did he do it out of selfish reasons or did he do it because he has his own moral compass?), but the fact that he took responsibility for it still stands true.
Now, we all make mistakes in our day-to-day lives. I guess the question that remains is: does the magnitude of your mistake grow with your position in society? If you have some sort of power, are you held to a higher expectation than the average person? Surely, but to what extent? Regardless, this adulterous trend throughout history makes you wonder if the human race, and especially public authorities in the constant limelight, will ever learn from mistakes.