There are tragedies and then there are tragedies.
According to CNN's Anderson Cooper, the "real tragedy" in this week's pathetic plane incident involving a spoiled celebrity is that Alec Baldwin "shut down his Twitter account" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
ANDERSON COOPER: Time now for the "The Ridiculist." We've got to add the airlines, the airlines that just can't seem to keep the stars in the sky. You probably heard about the latest one, Alec Baldwin kicked off an American Airlines flight.
He apparently wouldn't turn his phone off while the plane was sitting at the gate and there were some words exchanged with the flight attendant. Now as the old saying goes, there are three sides to every story, yours, mine and the one told in 140 characters on Twitter.
Baldwin copiously tweeted about the incident comparing the flight attendants to a, quote, "retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s." American Airlines wrote on Facebook that Baldwin was rude and he slammed the bathroom door so hard the cockpit crew heard it.
Look, we weren't there so we don't really know what happened. So as is so often the case, we'll have to rely on the reporting skills of Oscar De La Hoya. Yes, he happened to also be on the flight.
He says he thinks the flight attendant overreacted. Baldwin apologized to the other passengers and has shut down his Twitter account in the wake of all this, which may be the real tragedy here.
I don't know about you but I haven't been able to eat or sleep since.
(H/T Steve Malzberg)