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Stephen Baldwin is a Blatant RacistTim King Salem-News.com
"Stay white, stay right, it's the only hope we've got" - Stephen Baldwin
(SALEM, Ore.) - I know a few things in this world, and one, sadly, is the real nature, character, and intelligence level of the actor Stephen Baldwin. He may or may not remember our encounter; Donny Osmond, I believe clearly would remember it.
It was during a celebrity all star basketball match in Las Vegas, when I worked for Sin City's KVVU FOX-5 News. The game was held to raise proceeds for inner city kids. My assignment on that day was to interview Donny Osmond about his (I believe it was a FOX Network) TV show that was debuting on our station.
There was a flurry of activity as I rolled up to this interview in my station's custom Hummer news truck. It won the celebrity contest every day. There was a big area marked off for the tournament near the Hard Rock Cafe. Basketballs were everywhere, kids hoops, celebrities, it was exciting.
Donny Osmond was just what you would expect... all stars and no lights. He even had his sunglasses on inside the celeb tent, right until the camera was rolling. But that's cool, I'm sure he's a good person, unlike his old buddy Stephen B.
After the handlers were done primping Osmond, and I had my wireless mic attached and trimmed to hide the cord, we fired up the light and sat down for the interview.
It was bound to be one of those brainless, predictable interviews. I think I began with something like, "So Donny, you have a brand new TV show debuting on FOX, tell me what your message is for Las Vegas residents, particularly those who grew up watching you and your sister on TV."
Shades off and in character, Donny Osmond began to relay the typical celebrity type of answer. During the interview he seemed sincere, I'm sure he was glad to talk about his new venture, and also to benefit the kids in our city with his presence and involvement in the basketball game.
Now if you have this picture in your mind, try to imagine how I felt when some apparently half intoxicated bozo walked up to Donny Osmond, literally, clearly, crashing our television interview. Stepping between Osmond and the camera, only facing the camera as he did it.
Donny Osmond was shocked, but seemed to recognize this sort of slovenly, aloof character, I still didn't. In fact it would be hours before the people I worked with laughed and said our interview crasher was the little Baldwin brother.
This is where it gets confusing.
Baldwins are know for many things beyond their acting talent, but I was sure they were part of the liberal left.
Not this one.
With the camera rolling, the lights on and the wireless mic hot, Osmond, clearly trying to think of a way to handle the situation, said to Baldwin, "Hey, I'm not very good at basketball, you have any advice".
At which point, Baldwin held his hand to his chest in the the Caucasian 'C' - a type of racist gang sign for lack of better terms, and said, "Stay white, stay right, it's the only hope we've got".
Donny Osmond looked shocked to say the least, even as he parroted the words back in the form of a question, giving Baldwin his shot at clarity.
What did Baldwin say? The exact same thing again: "Stay white, stay right, it's the only hope we've got".
Because he was speaking directly into the mic, my mic, clipped to Donny Osmond, the words could not have more clarity.
Baldwin wasn't on stage, he wasn't rehearsing a line, he was telling Donny Osmond that he is a racist, and that his advice, was for Osmond to be one also, that is the only conclusion I can reach.
Baldwin according to Wikipedia, was a strong supporter of the McCain/Palin presidential ticket after Mike Huckabee dropped out of the 2008 presidential race.
"That same year, Baldwin threatened to move to Canada if Barack Obama was elected, and challenged the candidate to box for charity. His older brother, Alec, had made a similar declaration that he would move to France if George W. Bush won the 2000 election. Like his brother, Stephen has not left the country."
The best thing about this, is that I still have the tape. I figured then as I reason now, that it has a purpose in this world.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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