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Update 5:24 p.m. Eastern:  Baldwin has responded to his Twitter meltdown in an interview with Gothamist, stating that he doesn't really believe he was being homophobic in tweeting that Daily Mail writer George Stark is a "toxic little queen." Baldwin's argument isn't really convincing: "I don't think it’s a call for violence against a specific person because they’re gay, it’s a call for violence against a person who lied about my wife," he told the site. "I do not call on anyone to attack this guy from The Daily Mail because he's gay. I wanted to physically attack him because he lied." So that's cleared up, right? The actor wanted to threaten the reporter with violence, and Stark's sexuality was just an afterthought.

Baldwin also explains that "queen" isn't really a slur, and that he was only trying to insinuate that Stark was haughty. "Number two, the idea of me calling this guy a 'queen' and that being something that people thought is homophobic…a queen to me has a different meaning. It's somebody who's just above."

Original: After The Daily MailEngland's most trusted source on Kim Kardashian's psoriasis, reported that Alec Baldwin's wife, Hilaria, allegedly tweeted during James Gandolfini's funeral, the actor went absolutely ballistic in defending his wife's honor by, umm, tweeting out threats of violence and anal stimulation at the reporter — a sterling example of choosing battles wisely. Today, there's just blank Internet space where Baldwin's Twitter account used to be (see inset), but before Baldwin's account was deleted, he up and fired off this round of threats against The Daily Mail's George Stark on Thursday night:

Bonkers, right? All that violence, all that weird stuff with feet, organizing a 140-character army from his million-plus followers — you would have thought this reporter stepped on Baldwin's dog or, considering Baldwin's past, interrupted his Words with Friends game. But Stark, whose beat seems to revolve around James Franco's stained pants and the comings and going sof Tish Cyrus, just reported that Hilaria Baldwin had been busy tweeting next to her husband from inside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine during the otherwise very moving funeral for the Sopranos actor on Thursday morning.  

"Hilaria posted tweets at 9.53am, 10.17am and 11.09am," Stark wrote. If you look on Hilaria Baldwin's Twitter feed, some of the tweets Stark cites actually show that they were posted after the funeral let out, around 1 p.m. This is the 10:17 a.m. tweet Stark cites, presumably the one that led launched the homophobic rant: 

So that sort of looks like Baldwin is somewhat right. But when you've got a history of airplane altercation, angry voicemails for your daughter, a racial epithet for a photographer, and Twitter fights with the likes of Dean Skelos, well, let's just say nobody wins in a Twitter war about Twitter, and sometimes it's best to leave the attention on those resting in peace.

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