Actor Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight at Los Angeles International airport for refusing to shut off his electronic device while the plane was preparing for takeoff.
“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving,” Baldwin tweeted.
His publicist responded to the situation by saying, “He loves ‘Words with Friends’ so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it.” The official Words with Friends Twitter account issued an official statement with a WWF grid with ‘Let Alec Play’ arranged on the board with A Baldwin vs. American Air as the players.
“Does Alec Baldwin own a piece of Words With Friends or something?” tweeted Kelly Slater, surfer.
Given the propensity of the 30 Rock actor to offer his talents on camera to sell anything ranging from New Era hats, Wegman’s Holiday Pies & Cakes, Hulu and Capital One, among others, it would make sense that he would venture into selling on the social networks.
The incident feels a little sketch and an almost too-good-to-be-true situation. A very believable publicity stunt that is almost guaranteed to go viral.
As far as publicity stunts go:
Chad Ochocinco attempting to play pro soccer? Not very believable.
Alec Baldwin acting like an a__hole and getting kicked off the plane? Very believable.
Baldwin uses ‘WORDS W FRIENDS’ in his original tweet which is the official Twitter handle of the official game makers (@WordsWFriends). The @WordsWithFriends account is owned by someone not affiliated with the game.
Following a Twitter rant about American Airlines and a deactivation, his handlers have already confirmed it will be temporary break.
Too much to sell and not enough time. Baldwin will be back with his monthly ‘Read the New York Times’-related tweets in no time.