Let me see if I can think of the various things Alec Baldwin is angry about: the paparazzi. His stalker. The media. The goddamned paparazzi. Being asked to turn off his iPad. Starbucks employees. The gay-slur PAPARAZZI.
I'm pretty sure that's an incomplete list, but my point here is that it's kind of ironic Alec Baldwin's married to a yoga instructor, because he's about the most tightly-wound, pissed-off dude in show business. As for his latest meltdown, in which he allegedly called a paparazzo a "cocksucking fag" (and by "allegedly," I mean "was caught on video screaming this, so good luck with that lame attempt to explain that you actually said 'cocksucking fathead'") and earned a two-week suspension for his new MSNBC talk show as a result, his daughter Ireland Baldwin has come to his defense.
According to Ireland, we should -- and I quote -- "quit acting like children" about Alec Baldwin's homophobic outbursts.
Seventeen-year-old Ireland (you know, the one Alec once called a “thoughtless little pig” in a rather infamous 2007 voicemail message), posted several messages to Twitter on Saturday night defending her dad's actions:
For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously. My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist. From what you've read and from what media has been shoved down your throats, he has a kind heart. Having paparazzi following my mom and I has not been thrilling. Paparazzi can bring out many confined feelings of anger and spite out of anyone. My point being, what my dad said was WRONG. What my dad felt WASN'T. Boundaries have to made. Paparazzi have jobs to do, but some of them jeopardize people's lives and cross a line. My dad has an INFANT CHILD to protect. All the parents out there should understand. You would do anything to protect your baby.
Now, let's all quit acting like children. Let my dad be and let him have his room to learn and enjoy his family.
Okay, look. I think most people would agree that the paparazzi has become way too intrusive in recent years, and that being a target is a highly unpleasant experience. Of course, Alec Baldwin wouldn't BE a target if he didn't routinely explode in a manner that makes headlines, but we'll set that aside. Let's say the photographers did in fact put his baby in danger somehow. Does that make it okay for him to call someone a cocksucking fag? What about the time he allegedly called a photographer a coon? Is that understandable too, because of all his confined feelings of anger and spite?
Ireland Baldwin seems like a mature, well-spoken young woman who clearly loves her dad, but no explanation can really excuse the way he continues to behave. In my experience, people often regret the things they say in anger, but they don't tend to say things that are completely out of character with their belief system. In other words, if her father routinely screams homophobic, racist slurs when he's upset ... well, I think the chances are pretty damn good he's racist and homophobic, despite his "kind heart." And frankly, dismissing his outbursts with the comment that we all just should grow up and get over it does nothing to help improve the situation.
What do you think about Ireland's explanation for her dad's behavior? Do you think his insults are acceptable, given the paparazzi situations he's dealing with?
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