Amid all of the salacious accusations against men in Hollywood recently, actor Alec Baldwin took it upon himself to admit to some things he’s done to women in the industry that he isn’t proud of.
The Paley Center for Media honored Baldwin on Thursday for his illustrious career and support of the center’s educational efforts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. During the ceremony, Baldwin revealed that he has mistreated women in the past in a discussion with “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” announcer and “Saturday Night Live” writer-producer Steve Higgins.
“I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way. I’ve bullied women. I’ve overlooked women. I’ve underestimated women. Not as a rule,” Baldwin explained. “From time to time, I’ve done what a lot of men do, which is ... when you don’t treat women the same way you treat men. You don’t. I’m from a generation where you really don’t and I’d like that to change. I really would like that to change.”
He made a point to acknowledge that workplace culture needs to change in all industries, not just Hollywood.
“I think it’s important for us to try to make the workplace and beyond not only comfortable and right and fair and appropriate but as productive, as well. I think a lot of what we’re dealing with within this issue is hurting our business. It’s making it less productive," Baldwin asserted.
The Emmy Award-winning actor has, most recently, received praise and notoriety for his hilarious and spot-on portrayal of President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live." However, he’s been in the entertainment business for decades and admitted that he was aware of some rumors that have been revealed to be true.
“I knew of certain things, that there were rumors of things happening to people, but I didn’t necessarily know the scope, when you hear the hundreds and hundreds of women who are complaining about this,” the actor admitted while accepting the honor. “It’s been a very eye-opening experience for me personally. We’ve got to be vigilant in a new way to make sure that everybody is comfortable and that we get the job done together that we’re there to do.”
While it was very bold and notable for Baldwin to publicly confess his own shortcomings and call for change, one does wonder if his commitment to changing this sexist culture would have ever been so gallant if it weren't for the negative spotlight shining on Hollywood right now.
The bottom line is: Change is needed and welcomed, but it shouldn't have taken all of this explosive scandal for that fact to be realized.