Alec Baldwin’s rant against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio led to his gun rights quip being used in two influential works of popular culture over the weekend. In case you missed it, Thursday was a busy day in the public life of the former 30 Rock star. While filming his role as the president on Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, Alec Baldwin hit his head and suffered a concussion that required stitches. Before he was sent home, he posted on social media that “They cut me up good! Surgery and a fine tomorrow. Back to work with a Vengeance!”
Alec Baldwin in Game of Thrones. Photograph: HBO
To cap off a week that’s seen him use his @ABFalecbaldwin Twitter account to harangue New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the actor spoke out on CNN that the ambulance that rushed him to hospital “didn’t have a siren”.
Revealing his experience in the St Paul and the Broken Bones music video that same day, he used his Twitter account to drag De Blasio over the Queensboro Bridge, where “a Staten Island girl” hit him in the head with a clipboard.
In another thought-provoking television moment, Saturday Night Live cast member Michael Che used Baldwin’s gun rights comment in SNL’s Weekend Update skit on Saturday. Che addressed Baldwin’s comments before listing his suggestions for change on gun control laws.
In the segment, Che explains, “[Baldwin] is saying, ‘if people keep arming themselves, none of these tragedies are going to happen.’” He notes, “what Alec just said is insane”.
Che cites the shootout in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in 2012 where 12 people were killed and 70 injured as a possible result of an armed individual allowing for “little kids to die”. Later, Che then suggests that with anyone allowed to carry a gun and carry it “anywhere”, and the nation gets a mass shooting every year. This, he says, is why “we need stronger laws”.
Che then mentions that Fred Armisen, SNL alum and artist, recently starred in a hidden camera video in which he asked an elevator operator who carried guns on to the elevator, “do you need a permit?”
Armisen’s response? “I can’t imagine not having a permit.”
Che follows by quoting the Obama-era phrase: “common sense”.
Che’s segment ends with Baldwin agreeing that we don’t need gun violence as rampant as it is now. “We’re now giving everybody the right to carry a gun,” he says.
This weekend is likely to only become busier for Baldwin, who, according to the US Constitution, is protected from the search and seizure of his property if he is detained or arrested. In the wake of his gun rights comments, and his hospitalization, this action may soon be required.