Luckily for Americans, the election to decide who will become the 45th president of the United States will end in just a couple weeks. But that doesn’t mean the Baldwin dinner table at Thanksgiving will be a quiet one, free of politics.
The Baldwin brothers – actors Alec, Daniel, Billy and Stephen – have all never shied away from sharing their opinions with the world. And while you might disagree with one of them, chances are, you’d agree with another.
Take Alec, for instance. The Oscar-nominated actor, probably best known to recent audiences for playing NBC executive Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, is not ashamed to share his support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In fact, he’s been playing a parody of her opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump, on Saturday Night Live – a parody Trump himself has blasted.
And then there’s Stephen. He’s a Razzie-nominated actor who played Barney Rubble in 2000’s The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. His support has been for Trump, a candidate he believes is far more closely aligned with his Christian evangelism.
During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Stephen decided to take issue with one of the debate moderators, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, tweeting that if his father were alive today, he would be “disgusted” of the media bias and manipulation of people like Cooper.
If my father were alive today
(a veteran) He would be ashamed & disgusted of media biased & manipulation by people like @andersoncooper
— Stephen Baldwin (@StephenBaldwin7) October 10, 2016
Brother Billy, however – of Backdraft and Dirty Sexy Money fame – shot back with a quick retort about their father, who died in 1983, saying the late high school social studies teacher wouldn’t like who Stephen is backing in the election.
It’s been a couple weeks since the exchange, which Stephen didn’t continue on. However, the tweets went viral late Thursday after comedian Patton Oswalt exclaimed “Baldwin Battle!” and shared the conversation with his nearly 3 million followers. He then revealed his favorite Baldwin “brother,” the late novelist and essayist James Baldwin, who left the United States as a young man disillusioned with a society who discriminated against people who were not only African-American, but also gay.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 28, 2016
The fun, however, ended (at least for now) with Billy asking for help from the calmest, most well-meaning person he could find: Star Trek icon George Takei.
Hey George… you want to come to Thanksgiving this year?
We are going to need a referee.
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) October 28, 2016
The world will either continue or end – depending both on who you support and who wins – on Nov. 8.
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