That high-pitched, ear-splitting, ground-shaking noise you heard last night was Alec Baldwin releasing the most narcissistic whine ever recorded in a New York Magazine essay called “Good-bye, Public Life.” In it, he explains how everyone on earth—Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, GLAAD, Bill de Blasio, AT&T, Kim Basinger, Shia LaBeouf—has ruined his public life. Everyone on earth but him. He reserved some particularly harsh words for his one time MSNBC co-worker Rachel Maddow, about whom he said:
Rachel Maddow is Rachel Maddow, the ultimate wonk/dweeb who got a show, polished it, made it her own. She’s talented. The problem with everybody on MSNBC is none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be.
Another [MSNBC colleague] told me, regarding [my] “toxic little queen” comment, that Rachel Maddow was the prime mover in my firing, as she was aghast that I had been hired and viewed me as equivalent to Mel Gibson. Another source told me, “You know who’s going to get you fired, don’t you? Rachel. Phil will do whatever Rachel tells him to do.” I think Rachel Maddow is quite good at what she does. I also think she’s a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.
This Week: Rachel Maddow, Meryl Streep, and ladies hitting on you.
David Letterman thinks more people should have boycotted the Winter Olympics from happening in Russia.
The end of every year is heavy with Best! and Worst! lists, which is silly and fun but ultimately it just means Stuff The Writer Really Liked or Loathed. Now that we’re in the swing of another year of new television, I thought we’d take a minute to think in more specific terms about LGBT visibility and ask: What are the most important shows on TV right now? You know, the ones that are still changing the minds of the people who don’t believe in marriage equality and showing the way to religious parents who reject their gay childrens’ sexualities and pushing pop culture (which pushes political legislation) firmly toward the correct side of history. Below are 14 shows we think are actually changing the world.
Rachel Maddow at SXSW
From Tucson to Kabul
On the border or the hills
For every detainee
We wanna know where justice is
For every ballot by the bullet
For every election that’s been bought
For every secret handshake
We wanna hold the mirror up
Erin McKeown's song written with Rachel Maddow
Jillian Michaels wouldn’t bang Maddow but Melissa Rauch would.