If you've never heard of Stephen Baldwin, you're in good company. He's one of the lesser Baldwins, whose star rose primarily because Alec and Billy have talent, and he shares their name and looks like them, to a degree. Stephen has been able to ride their talent to a far more significant measure of fame than he deserved.
Then, he became a born-again Christian.
Now, he's bankrupt.
Well, Stephen would like you to think so. According to Stephen Baldwin, his career took a nosedive because he came out as a Christian. Apparently, coming out as either Christian or gay has negative consequences, regardless of how many Christians and gays there are in Hollywood.
There is an amazingly over-the-top website out there at
Poor Stephen. Poor, poor Stephen. How could they do this to him? How could they possibly deny him all of those meaty film roles to which he's entitled to, based on his incredible work as Barney in Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas? Or his eerie turn as the always-grating Bo Dietl in "One Tough Cop"? What about his multiple ventures into "reality" television, in "Celebrity Apprentice" and "Celebrity Big Brother"?
Wait. I just looked him up on IMDB. He's done one truly decent role in his life, in "The Usual Suspects," which was released in 1995. From 1995 to 2002, he did 29 roles, and since then, he's done 31, including the SIX roles he currently has in various stages of production. That sure doesn't sound like no one is hiring him. And that doesn't count all the "reality" shows he appears on. His brother, Billy, who is a much better actor, hasn't done nearly as much work, and I don't see him whining.
See, what Stephen doesn't seem to understand is that bankruptcy doesn't mean that you have no money. It means you spent more than you have. If you are making money, and you're spending it faster than you're making, that is no one else's fault. I know; I've had this same problem in the past, and I didn't put up a website asking people for donations to get me out of my jam. And I most certainly would NEVER be crass enough to appeal to them to give me money in Jesus' name. Even someone as obviously self-centered as Stephen Baldwin must realize there are people in the world who are more in need of help. I'm going to go out on a limb, but I'll bet there are people in Haiti who are more in need of, oh, I dunno… a home… or some food… clean water… a mother and father… than he is in need of a Starbucks Frappuccino, although they are yummy.
While this is funny and pathetic and stupid, there's a serious side to all of this. Because of his appeal, people who don't really have any money but who have good hearts will take the appeal in Jesus' name seriously, and will give him money that he really doesn't need, and that they can't afford.
Stephen Baldwin is not a Christian; he's a charlatan. Most self-proclaimed "born-again" Christians are. If you think becoming a follower of Jesus saved your life and made you a better person, that's fine. But that doesn't give you license to exploit others, and for that, people like Stephen Baldwin should be ashamed.