Alec Baldwin Is Taking Social Media Break Following Backlash after Dismissing #BlackoutTuesday

Famous actor and comedian, Alec Baldwin recently announced his decision to take a break from social media for a while. 

The 62-year-old veteran actor shared his decision in a video on Instagram yesterday. There, he spoke about some of the outrage that he had incited this week after a comment he made appeared to have been insensitive. 

The video was a ten minute-long clip where Alec came clean about a recent endorsement of controversial movie director Woody Allen. 

Alec Baldwin speaks onstage at the Guild Hall Academy Of The Arts Achievement Awards 2020  | Photo: Getty Images

Alec Baldwin speaks onstage at the Guild Hall Academy Of The Arts Achievement Awards 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

The endorsement was for an interview he had with Allen. However, Alec promoted the interview on #BlackoutTuesday, which many partook in to protest racial injustice in America. 

The interview promoted Allen's new book, "Apropos of Nothing." However, many slammed the actor for bad timing. According to reports, he responded saying: 

“As for the perceived lack of sensitivity re BlackOutTuesday, I had no idea about this … national day of whatever.

He explained that while people had the right to protest, life had to go on. He also outlined that he believed Woody Allen was innocent of any sexual assault charges. 

Of course, none of that sat too well with the millions of Americans who are protesting across the nation. While Alec's point was relatable, it appeared to have been a case of bad timing.

In his view, a new government is the only way to bring the change that America needs.

Amid the backlash that he has gotten, the veteran actor decided to pause his social media for a while. In his 10-minute video, he explained that he was just fulfilling his obligation to promote his podcast.

Alec added that while he does show solidarity for black people's rights, he also believes that everyone needs to vote in the fall. In part, he said: 

"All my life, I've heard people say 'This election, this is it. It's the most important election in our generation…' But this really is the most important election of my lifetime." 

He went on to explain his views that there is a need for a government change. In his opinion, a new government is the only way to bring the change that America needs.

The actor once again confirmed that he was unaware of Tuesday's social media protests. He also pointed out that he has always dedicated himself to helping people of color. 

At the same time, he again reiterated his belief that Woody Allen was innocent of the charges against him. As far as clarifications go, Alec made his stance on a wide array of topics rather clear.

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