Friday, November 30, 2012

Dunce Cap Award: Alec Baldwin

30 Rock star and Capital One Bank pitchman Alec Baldwin proved he's not as smart as he thinks he is.

Baldwin's back in the news, particularly the New York tabloids, after Genevieve Sabourin, who reportedly had been stalking the actor for some time, even before he wed Hilaria Thomas earlier this year, was arrested earlier this week. Sabourin is this generation's Margaret Ray, a celebrity stalker who just won't go away. More on that later.

After New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser wrote a piece in Thursday's editions in support of Sabourin, Baldwin earned his Dunce Cap Award by ripping into Peyser & the Post via Twitter. Understandably upset over Sabourin's harassment of his wife, also via Twitter, Baldwin went on the defensive, but by venting his rage at the paper, he only gave them more grist for the mill. If you want the gossip hounds off your trail, don't feed them crumbs every time you turn around. How simple is that? If only Lindsay Lohan, who did get a runner-up vote this week, by the way, would learn that painful lesson.

Sabourin claims she's had a 2 year relationship with Baldwin. Oh? So how come they've never been seen dating? Because the relationship, it seems, is all in the poor woman's head, like so many other deluded souls before her. She went after Hilaria Thomas-Baldwin simply to get under Alec's skin yet again. Classic. We can't give Sabourin a Dunce Cap because she just isn't in her right mind, and needs psychiatric help.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the tragic story of Margaret Ray, she famously, and repeatedly, broke into David Letterman's home and would claim to police that she was the talk show icon's wife, which of course wasn't true. No amount of psychiatric care could cure her, apparently, and she left us a few years back. I have this feeling that Genevieve Sabourin is following that same primrose path.

Oh, and one more thing. We'll give Andrea Peyser the Weasel ears for not reading between the lines and realizing that Sabourin, whose cause she's championed, is in the wrong for pursuing the Baldwins the way she has, and using her column to beg for, oh, I don't know, sympathy, maybe, for Sabourin? Alec Baldwin should've known better than to give the media more fuel for the fire, further tarnishing his own star. After 30 Rock ends its run this season, and after the likely other shoe dropping if Capital One decides to cut Baldwin from their celebrity roster, it'll be hard for Baldwin to land another high profile gig so quickly. Of course, I could be wrong.

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