• May 22, 2009
To pull the plug means to stop, give up, lay off, discontinue, cease. It's clear, concise language that leaves little room for misinterpretation. That is, apparently, unless you're Alec Baldwin. In a recent blog entry on Huffington Post, the actor had harsh words regarding the Detroit auto industry, blaming Motown for everything from global warming to wars over oil. He ended his diatribe with a simple message: pull the plug.

After a wave of controversy and, we can only assume, plenty of hate mail, Mr. Baldwin has issued a clarification of sorts. The 30 Rock star now says that he never said that he wants union workers to lose their jobs. You're probably wondering what a couple hundred thousand blue collar workers will do if they're not producing cars and trucks, right? Well, it turns out Alec doesn't want D3 automakers to go quietly into the night, either. Baldwin writes:
"I state, by using the phrase "pull the plug," that taxpayer funds should no longer be made available to bail out U.S. automotive corporations. They should file for bankruptcy, reorganize and emerge as wholly reconfigured entities, perhaps with labor owning significant positions in those companies."
In his first op-ed, Baldwin stated "I'd like to buy an American car, but I'd feel like a fool doing that now." He then went on to say that he was likely going to purchase a Japanese hybrid built in the American South. Just what the United Auto Workers union wants to hear.

Click through to the jump for more of Baldwin's best.

[Source: Huffington Post]

We pointed out in our earlier post about Baldwin's blog entry that the only Japanese hybrid made in the U.S. was the Camry, and others must have pointed out the same thing. In Baldwin's new entry, he states: "Two comments that stuck out to me. One is that I should look into a Ford Fusion, which I will do ASAP. If the best hybrid is American-made, I am elated. The other is that I am anti-labor."

We love the Fusion and we wouldn't want to discourage anyone from buying one, but it may not be the best gesture to smooth things over with organized labor. The Fusion is made in Mexico by a non-American, non-UAW workforce. Don't worry Alec, you can still opt for the made in Kansas City Ford Escape. It gets 33 mpg city and it has soy foam seats.

If you're dying to hear who is responsible for the current mess in Detroit, Baldwin provides a simple answer in his newest editorial:
"The rank and file of the UAW have three people to blame for this: Big Three brass, Washington chickenshits who let Detroit roll over them, and the UAW leadership itself, which let its members play in traffic, if you will, for decades, until a fleet of better made Japanese cars came down that road and you know the rest."
Awesome, we're sure the union feels better already.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares whether it's made in America, Europe, Mexico, or the Moon... just buy what you like.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "There is something about buying local. If everybody in Town A did all its spending at Town B down the road, Town A would become a very bad place to live very fast."

        See: Detroit, MI; Gary, IN;
        • 5 Years Ago
        If everyone in Town A only bought things in town A, we'd call them Amish, because that's about how much variety Town A would have available to them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is something about buying local. If everybody in Town A did all its spending at Town B down the road, Town A would become a very bad place to live very fast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The brother in the Pic is OK, that's Steven I think, his brother Alec is a complete idiot and autoblog shouldn't give him any time. Of course he's entitled to his opinion just as I am mine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mr. Baldwin, we still don't care what you think.

      • 5 Years Ago


      Why do we care what professional entertainers think about things they know nothing about? This is no different than asking hairstylists or chefs for their advice on the Detroit debacle?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure that most us who frequent this web site fall into the same category... we can't know it all either... the auto industry is a complicated thing... the current troubles are not due to ONLY unions, or ONLY management, or ONLY credit markets, ONLY this, ONLY that. It's all of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alex Baldwin should move to France, like he promised in 2004.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ???
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope I'm not the only one here that can tell the difference between Steven and Alec. And the only celeb I listen to is Hayden Panatierre's magnificent pud.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I read somewhere that Alec Baldwin secretes his own hair gel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sorry. My mommy told me not to listen to crackheads.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I couldn't possibly care any less what Alex Baldwin thinks about anything... up to and including Hollywood.

      That said, as a Canadian tax payer, I sincerely hope that every meat head working for the CAW loses their job as a result of this, and that these unions go down in a ball of a flames. As far as I'm concerned, the unions are as much to blame for this as anything else - and the CAW is even worse than the UAW. These people are getting paid ridiculous amounts of (tax payer) money to do remedial jobs that could be performed by students for substantially less. Like every other industry that involves unions - customer service has dwindled, along with quality, and viability.

      For other Canadians out there, have a look at Telus. When Telus' union went on it's last major strike, it was cited that customer service would be non existent during the strike and that no one would be able to get through to them. Low and behold, the service during the strike by third party non union companies, was ten times what it is today. Down with unions, and enough with our tax dollars being thrown at this. Alec Baldwin's opinion may not matter, but that doesn't make it invalid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please file this under NOBODY GIVES A SHÎT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish Hollywood would die and go away already.
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