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Alec Baldwin has deactivated his Twitter account after facing backlash from 'a***holes' over a joke he made about Gillian Anderson. Watch him explain why he's quit Twitter here:
Earlier this week, some Golden Globes viewers were shocked by Anderson's American accent during her acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series award, which she received for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.
Taking to Twitter, Baldwin joked: "Switching accents? That sounds... fascinating."
His comment was in reference to criticism of his wife Hilaria Baldwin, who was accused of faking her Spanish accent and heritage in December.
Clearly though Baldwin's banter didn't go down as he'd hoped, so he's decided to deactivate his Twitter - again.
In a video posted on Instagram, he explained: "Of course you can't do any irony on Twitter, you can't do irony in the United States anymore because the United States is such an uptight, stressed-out place and such an unpleasant place right now.
"But I wanted to say that the person I was referring to is someone I am a huge fan of, huge, huge fan of, and my comment was meant to just illustrate the point... that the multicultural expression of anyone, for that matter, whatever country, language, music, food, clothing, art, any of it - whatever of those expressions are important to you, that's your business."
He continued: "But I find that of course on Twitter - which is where all the a**holes in the United States and beyond go to get their advanced degrees in a**holiness - Twitter is a place which is just, you know.
"Twitter is one-third interesting posts... one-third tedious, uninteresting, puerile nonsense, and then it's one-third, or more maybe, just abject hatred and malice and unpleasantness."
Whether the 62-year-old has left the platform for good remains to be seen, as accounts can be reactivated within 30 days and he previously took a hiatus when his wife Hilaria was accused of faking her Spanish accent.
The accusations surfaced after it emerged that the 37-year-old podcaster and yoga instructor was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and originally named Hillary.
She subsequently explained that she grew up in a bilingual family and her upbringing was split between Boston and Spain, adding that she and Alec are raising their six children to be bilingual.
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