After dealing with the highs and lows of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” it seems that Stephen Baldwin, everyone’s favorite Upper Grandview evangelical, can handle whatever curve balls the good Lord throws his way. And in the last day, he got a couple. First, he was invited by his friends at the White House down to D.C. to help celebrate National Volunteer Week.
Baldwin was selected to be a kind of “cultural advisor” to the Bush administration over a year ago (I kid you not), and he joined singer Michael W. Smith and other members of the Presidentâ€™s Council on Service and Civic Participation, USA Freedom Corps, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Corporation for National and Community Service for the festivities. Among other things, the event promoted the creation of a new online toolkit designed to help get kids involved in volunteering.
But not everyone is such a big fan of Stevie B’s activism. Chief among his recent critics: brother Billy Baldwin (a former Bedford resident), who has been especially critical of the younger Baldwin’s anti-gay stance. In a recent interview with Out magazine (via AHN), Billy lashed out. The quotes are after the break …
“my brother Stephen becomes a Christian and the next thing you know he’s stumping for Sam Brownback. And when Brownback got knocked out then he’s stumping for Huckabee. … And I said, ‘Well if you had a choice – if you and your wife were to die and your kids were still young and you had a choice between your children being in foster care and potentially being physically and emotionally and sexually abused as opposed to being adopted by a loving, healthy, caring lesbian or gay couple, what would you rather have?’
“He couldn’t answer, and I said, ‘Thank God Dad isn’t here on this earth right now, because he would be so devastated and so horrified.'”
“I think Stephen enjoys the juxtaposition of my brother Alex and me on one side and he on the other side and again the attention that might garner in the media that Baldwins are at war at the dinner table. … I don’t love my brother any less, but I think he’s very confused.”
To add insult to, well, insult, TMZ also caught a photo of Stephen in what they called a tiny, tiny bathing suit — what they called a “spandex diaper.” It wasn’t a pretty picture. Unless, that is, you found the photos of the pregnant dude in People pretty.