Alec Baldwin, who lost his MSNBC show after allegedly using an anti-gay slur, is in the midst of an attempt to rehabilitate his image around LGBT issues. He's set to lead a discussion April 27 with openly gay former Congressman Barney Frank about a new documentary, Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, at the Tribeca Film Festival.
It started with a criticism from the actor about the Keystone XL pipeline documentary Above All Else.
After which, former Mitt Romney aide Garrett Jackson shot back with this quip.
The two quickly came to blows with digs about Romney's failed 2012 election bid and Baldwin's temper problem.
Then Newt Gingrich got pulled in.
Finally, Baldwin upped the ante with another one of his homophobic remarks referencing Jackson's Twitter avatar.
These were the final shots in the quick spat.
Baldwin later deleted evidence of the argument.
Frank didn't respond to a request for comment about the Twitter exchange.
UPDATE: Baldwin later tweeted and deleted the following two messages:
Gideon Resnick is a political reporter at BuzzFeed. His work has appeared in VICE, the Atlantic and the Daily Beast.
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