In the aftermath of Alec Baldwin’s tragic accidental shooting, ‘The View’ defends him.
After the horrific on-set shooting that resulted in the loss of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and the injury of director Joel Souza, the View panel stands behind Alec Baldwin. According to police documents, Baldwin fired a replica weapon towards the camera while filming his next picture Rust on Thursday, but the gun really held live ammo, resulting in a severe safety lapse on set.
Sunny Hostin pointed out on Monday’s episode of The View that some people have been mocking Baldwin, including Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert and Donald Trump Jr., whom the panelist referred to as “ghouls.” “You should know that a woman died here. A mother, a wife, and a lady who, according to legend, was just amazing at her job. A newcomer to the field of cinematography, “Hostin explained. “I thought it was quite terrible and despicable when folks like that came out, trying to, I don’t know, take some type of opportunity and a shot at Alec Baldwin.” Trump Jr. began promoting a shirt that reads, “Guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people,” through his online store on Sunday. The link to purchase the shirts was taken off as of Monday morning after outcry over the design, although Trump Jr. maintained an edited photograph of Baldwin wearing the shirt on his Instagram Story. A joke that proposed “Trump portray Baldwin in a comedy killing someone ‘accidentally’…” was also posted to the former president’s son’s Instagram Story. After resharing a seven-year-old tweet from Baldwin in favor of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black man killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, former Trump communications director and The View guest presenter Alyssa Farah chastised Boebert, a pro-gun advocate in Congress. Baldwin tweeted in 2014, “I’m planning to design t-shirts that say “my hands are up” in bright yellow banana yellow. ‘Please don’t shoot me.’ Is there anyone out there that wants one?” Along with a screenshot of the tweet, Boebert commented, “Is this product still available? I’m looking for a film producer…” Farah retweeted in reaction to Boebert’s insult, saying, “If you’re going to brag about your Christian faith, at least show some compassion and mercy in the face of a catastrophe. I’m not sure where in the gospel it says ‘anything for RTs.'”