Twitter has just lost one of its most … interesting voices. Alec Baldwin, who just announced that he was quitting Twitter forever after his latest Twitter flap (involving the use of gay slurs and James Gandolfini’s funeral), has long been known for his colorful language and “loose lips” policy when it came to social media. In many ways, Baldwin represented the absolute best aspects of Twitter — engagingly frank and unfiltered access to a celebrity’s inner thoughts. This is the sort of access gossip columnists of yesteryear would never have dreamed possible. Unfortunately, Baldwin has attracted detractors (perhaps rightly so) because of his fantastically unhinged Twitter feed, and now it has apparently come to an end.
Of course, he quit once before, right after the infamous “Words With Friends” flap, so maybe we’ll see the likes of Baldwin again? In fact, I hear that if you say his name three times in a mirror, he’ll show up and call you a “conservative pussy.” In the meantime, here is a look back at some of Baldwin’s most interesting tweets.
May 27, 2011: Alec Baldwin joins Twitter.
Sept. 7, 2011: Baldwin identifies a Starbucks employee by name and address whom he did not particularly care for. I just don’t tip them, but whatever works …
Sept. 20, 2011: Baldwin defends his daughter’s use of “n-word” when she quotes Jay-z and Kanye West song. Baldwin drops “n word” himself in show of solidarity.
Sept. 22, 2011: Baldwin claims the death penalty humiliates the U.S. in the eyes of much of the world.
Oct. 10, 2011: Baldwin uses Twitter for good and defends friend Will Arnett against a troll. Expelliarmus!
Nov. 28, 2011: Baldwin lashes out against conservatives reminding him of his threats to leave the country.
Dec. 6, 2011: Baldwin is kicked off American Airlines flight for allegedly playing “Words With Friends.”
Dec. 7, 2011: Baldwin deactivates Twitter account. He will be back.
Feb. 26, 2012: Baldwin “Twitterslams” Oscars host Billy Crystal — says a horse or a cow should host the show.
March 18, 2012: Baldwin tweets that Sen. James Inhofe (R-Ok.) is an “oil whore” and “should retire to a solar-powered gay bar.”
June 29, 2012: Baldwin “Twitterslams” gossip blogger Perez Hilton. I think I sense a theme.
Aug. 16, 2012: Baldwin sends his “8,000th tweet” — a wedding announcement about his wife, Hilaria, whom Baldwin married June 30. Finally something “not negative.”
June 27, 2013: Baldwin attacks journalist George Stark over allegations that Baldwin’s wife was tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral.
June 28, 2013: Anderson Cooper wonders via Twitter why Alec Baldwin can get away with “gay slurs.”
July 1, 2013: Baldwin tells a Vanity Fair reporter at an art gallery opening that he is “never” going back on Twitter.