Happy #TrendingTuesday, and as one Twitter user put it, “you know it’s a juicy day when Alec Baldwin is trending.”
To refresh your memory, Baldwin was responsible for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, whom he accidentally but fatally shot on October 21 in New Mexico while shooting a scene for the indie film Rust.
The film has been cancelcanceledled indefinitely due to the tragedy, and nobody seems to really know what is going on with Baldwin at this moment in time.
He, however, seems totally at peace with commenting on “workplace safety” now in reference to his recent tweet speculating about the viral video of former NFL Broncho’s player, Brendan Langely, 27, in a fight with a United Airlines employee at the Newark Airport.
Baldwin tweeted out: "workplaceThe guy working at the airport is the victim. He came to work to do a job. The other guy, with his big mouth, is guilty of work place abuse, where people come to work with an expectation of safety, even civility."
The video, which starts after the fight had already begun, shows the airline employee pushing Langely, who was using a wheelchair to carry his luggage–instead of renting a $5 luggage cart.
According to a report by ABC News, Langley was removed from the airport and charged with simple assault. The United Airlines employee has been fired.
Langely, who now plays for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, took to Twitter to tell his side of the incident. The Stampeders issued a statement to CNN regarding the matter, stating “The team is currently looking into the matter in order to learn the full details and will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.”
Here is Langley’s tweet:
So, back to Alec Baldwin and the reason he felt the need to chime in on the topic. Or rather, my speculation on why he felt the need to chime in on the topic–because who really knows?
What I imagine Baldwin is trying to prove with his tweet is that the world was worked up over his incident, blaming him, when this type of incident between Langely and the airport worker is a more plausible “workplace safety” issue to dissect.
Think about it – it is not every day that we hear about a gun “misfiring,” “discharging,” or whatever the hell they ended up deciding happened with the prop for the film that resulted in Hutchins’ death. While obviously, the gun was in Baldwin’s hands when it went off, there has been constant speculation on who is actually to blame.
I imagine that Baldwin feels strongly enough that Langely is to blame for the incident at Newark Airport and felt he could take to Twitter to highlight the difference between common “workplace safety” and the not-so-common “workplace safety,” or that of an actor or actress.
It is far more common for us to see incidents at airports, grocery stores, concerts, and other places where large groups of people congregate at once–and some with high-strung, anxious, or annoyed mindsets.
So, while I do think it seems a bit strange for Baldwin to tweet about something that was, so obviously, going to come back and bite him in the ass; I can kind of understand where his logic may have lied as well.
There are currently no recent updates regarding the Baldwin incident from October. It has been rumored that Hutchins’ family is suing for wrongful death, but no documents have been confirmed.
Here is Baldwin’s statement he issued after the Rust tragedy:
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