On Thursday, at the Paley Center for Media luncheon in honor of Alec Baldwin, the actor took the opportunity to speak about the current sexual misconduct allegations circulating in Hollywood and admitted he’s been “sexist” towards women and treated them poorly in the past.
“I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way. I’ve bullied women. I’ve overlooked women. I’ve underestimated women. Not as a rule,” the 30 Rock star said.
The Emmy-winning actor, known for his recent role impersonating Donald Trump on SNL, also called for change within the entertainment business and everywhere.
“From time to time, I’ve done what a lot of men do, which is … when you don’t treat women the same way you treat men. You don’t,” said The Boss Baby actor. “I’m from a generation where you really don’t and I’d like that to change. I really would like that to change.”
Baldwin said that the way people function in the workplace has to change, not only in Hollywood but everywhere else too. “I think it’s important for us to try to make the workplace and beyond not only comfortable and right and fair and appropriate but as productive, as well. I think a lot of what we’re dealing with within this issue is hurting our business. It’s making it less productive,” Baldwin asserted.
During the event, moderated by The Tonight Show announcer and Saturday Night Live writer Steve Higgins, Baldwin also gave insights about how much he was aware of in regards of some of Hollywood’s scandals.
“I knew of certain things, that there were rumors of things happening to people, but I didn’t necessarily know the scope, when you hear the hundreds and hundreds of women who are complaining about this,” the actor said. “It’s been a very eye-opening experience for me personally. We’ve got to be vigilant in a new way to make sure that everybody is comfortable and that we get the job done together that we’re there to do.”