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As celebrity slurs go, Alec Baldwin’s latest in a long string of meltdowns was a real doozy. Baldwin’s temper tantrum—in which he tweeted a vile barrage of hateful gay slurs at George Stark, a writer for The Daily Mail—netted a collective yawn from the Follywood Elite and the PC crowd. Why no outcry?

Hillary Rosen, a Democratic activist and former college buddy of Baldwin, told The Post: “What he said was disgusting. But I think he has a deeper reservoir of good will among folks because he’s been a progressive ally and fighter for progressive causes for years.”

Translation: It’s okay to spew violent, homophobic threats as long as you’re a “progressive” supporting liberal causes.

Baldwin later claimed his “ill-advised attack . . . had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.” Huh? He calls a gay reporter for The Daily Mail a “toxic little queen” and then has the audacity to think we’re dolts by denying his slur was about “anyone’s sexual orientation.” Classic double-speak.

Just for fun, read the following now-scrubbed Twitter posts by Alec Baldwin. Then imagine the firestorm and career-ending damage that would have ensued if the same hate-speech had been tweeted by conservative talk show hosts Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Glenn Beck.

Alec Baldwin tweetsSure sounds like this guy needs a vacation . . . and some anger management classes. I’m not the only one asking what’s up with the double standard. CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper (who is gay) tweeted: “Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a ‘queen’ they would be vilified.”

Bonus round: Picture the media feeding frenzy that would ensue if Sarah Palin had tweeted the same thing Alec Baldwin had said. Just saying . . .

Same day. Same confession. Different outcomes.

I’m referring to June 19, 2013, a day Paula Deen will never forget. That’s the date when her use of the n-word 30-years ago made headlines prompting corporate sponsors to cut Paula’s endorsement deals worth more than $12.5 million.

On the same day, Kid Rock appeared on Howard Stern where Rock admitted:

We all use the n-word. We call each other the n-word all the time. We cut it up. My dentist’s name is Taco. We say stuff like that all the time ‘What’s up my ni66er?’ We’re just living up pop-culture. We just call it like it is, like band members do in privacy.

Shock jock Stern went on to ask whether or not Kid Rock used the n-word around his son—who happens to be half black. Answer? “Why can’t I say the n-word to him?” Nice.

Ironically, not a peep from the same press that skewered Paula Deen about this double standard. What’s more, not one sponsor has backed away from Kid Rock. Not Harley-Davidson. Not Jim Bean. Oh, and not Walmart—which is selling tickets for his current beer-buzz tour.

Let me get this straight. Walmart drops all of Paula Deen’s products because she used the n-word once three decades ago, but has no qualms about selling Kid Rock tickets who admits using the word “all the time” today.

Hey Mike Duke (President and CEO of Walmart) . . . you’re needed at the office.

The Queen of Cooking Paula Deen is in hot water. Her critics are boiling mad that she used the N-word decades ago. Sponsors like Home Depot, Target, Walmart and the Food Network are dropping her like a hot potato. Their argument is half-baked at best.

I’m not a fan of the N-word and, for the record, I haven’t used it myself. But the hypocrisy from the politically correct crowd is stunning. Where was the same outrage when Ludacris—President Obama’s favorite rapper—wrote the little ditty “Too Many Niggas Not Enough Hoes“?

Take Eminem, who used the N-word back in 1993. He claims the rap was “made out of anger, stupidity and frustration when I was a teenager.” At the time he rapped, “All the girls I like to bone have big butts/ No they don’t, ’cause I don’t like that n***er shit/ I’m just here to make a bigger hit.” N-word aside, gotta like his view of women.

Rapper 50 Cent, who uses the N-word constantly, told NBC’s Today Show, “I’m not using it as a racial slur . . . It’s just slang.” He gets a pass from the left for raps like “To All My Niggars“and “The Realset Niggars“.

Then there’s Jesse Jackson who called then Sen. Barack Obama the N-word for which he has apologized—good for him. Not to mention Def Jam founder Russell Simmons who defended the use of the N-word, saying, “When we say ‘nigger’ now, it’s very positive.”

If the N-word is so “very positive” now, why does Paula Deen get a bad rap? To her credit, Paula has apologized several times. Can’t say the same thing about Ludacris, 50 Cent, or any number of rappers who have sold millions of albums with the N-word. This begs the question: Why are Walmart and Target still carrying their albums, books and videos?

I had a rather interesting 2.5 hour conversation with a man on the flight back from LA last weekend. We couldn’t have been coming from more polar opposite perspectives. He’s gay. I’m straight. He’s a Democrat. I vote Republican. He’s pro-Obama. I think Obama’s policies are fiscally, morally, and nationally irresponsible. He’s living with his male partner. I live with a wife and kids. And yet, God was in the middle of that conversation. Throughout, I wanted him to know that while I have a very different set of moral values, I respected him as someone made in the image of God.

We talked about everything from taxes and fiscal policies to the debate over the definition of marriage. Perhaps the most important part of the conversation was when we talked about his being excommunicated at age 19 from the Church of God for his same-sex attraction. When I asked him how that impacted his view of God, he said, “I’m not sure how God could call my love for the man that I’ve been living with for 28 years ‘sin’ when everything about our relationship feels so right.”

How did he reconcile that? “I just don’t call it sin.”

At that point I told him that the whole point of Christianity isn’t “sin management” but falling in love with Jesus. Besides, we don’t get to make the call as to whether or not something is sinful; that’s God’s call. I shared something that my pastor Jack Miller back in Philly used to often say: “Cheer up—you’re worse off than you know . . . and you’re loved more than you can comprehend.” What’s more, that my sin was no different than his sin—and in both of our cases Jesus loves us unconditionally.

As we were leaving, he said how much he appreciated the conversation and the respect he felt throughout. He mentioned that feeling several times which impressed upon me how important honoring and respecting and loving those with whom we disagree is so important for any meaningful communication to take place. Meanwhile, I’m praying that the Holy Spirit will be pleased to work in his life, first and foremost, to know how much he is loved by Jesus.