Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images Photo: Pregnant Hilaria and Alec Baldwin at the Met Gala, May 6, 2013

It didn't take long for Alec Baldwin to start issuing apologies after launching into a Twitter rant against a journalist who claimed Alec's wife Hilaria was tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral on Thursday.

George Clark, from Mail Online, wrote: "The pregnant yoga instructor's social media feed was full of upbeat posts while the Sopranos star's friends, family and co-stars were gripped with grief at a New York Catholic church."

Some of Alec's tweets contained homophobic and threatening language: "I want all of my followers and beyond to straighten out this f––ing little b––, George Stark," he wrote in one. Another said, "I'm gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna f––...you...up." 

Alec's Twitter account has since been deactivated, and he issued an apology to GLAAD, which reads, "My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone's sexual orientation. My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend's funeral service. As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize."

CNN's Anderson Cooper isn't buying that apology, however. The journalist tweeted: "Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a 'queen' they would be vilified." 

In an interview with Gothamist.com, Alec defended his use of the word "queen." "I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny," he said. "It doesn't have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation. To me those are people who think the rules don't apply to them. This guy could blatantly lie, I mean blatantly lie about my wife on the internet and there are just no rules that apply to him, but that's outrageous to me."

Do you think Alec's apology is enough for him to get out of this mess? Why isn't he getting as much backlash as Paula Deen did just days before? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: People

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