Alec Baldwin is facing some backlash from Black twitter after a recent comment raised flags about his own racism.
The actor believes Black folks love him because of his hilarious portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live but his comment has some people raising eyebrows.
“I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Ever since I played Trump, black people love me. They love me.”
The former star of 30 Rock who has his own talk show debiting on ABC next week didn’t stop there.
“Everywhere I go, black people go crazy,” he continued. “I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.’”
Black Twitter wasn’t amused by Baldwin’s comments and clapped back in full force.
— Andrien Gbinigie (@EscoBlades) October 10, 2018
— Michael Welch (@MichaelWelch03) October 10, 2018
black people are not souvenirs alec
— unpforgettable fire burgess (@firefire100) October 10, 2018
— mxdracelara (@mxdrace) October 10, 2018
— Adrienne Lawrence (@AdrienneLaw) October 10, 2018
Some folks on social media were left wondering whether or not Alec Baldwin was in character as Trump when he made the questionable comments.
This is the Trumpiest thing ever uttered by someone who isn’t Trump.
— Hawks & Reed (@hawksandreed) October 10, 2018
I'm beginning to think his "Coffee is for closers" speech was so well done because he was saying it for real
— Fishbones (@Fishbones2017) October 10, 2018
Perhaps Alec Baldwin is just trying to stir up some controversy ahead of his show’s premiere? Either way, the Black community has made it clear that they don’t want white men making rash generalizations about who we “love.”
Let’s see how he handles the backlash. We’re pretty sure it’s just beginning, especially since he has been accused of using racial slurs in the past.