Defends Her Dad’s Use
of Homophobic Slurs On
Alec Baldwin and his 18-year-old daughter, Ireland, have had a tumultuous relationship to say the least; when she was only 11 years old, she and her father became caught in the middle of a media circus when a voicemail he left for her—in which he called her a “rude, thoughtless pig”—was made public.
But when the going gets tough, the 6’1”-model is sticking to her guns—and defending her dad.
The former 30 Rock actor’s latest scandal broke out last week when it was reported that he used a homophobic slur against a paparazzo; the issue prompted several gay rights groups to speak out against the actor, and MSNBC eventually cancelled his upcoming show.
But on Twitter, Ireland proved to have her dad’s back.
“Sometimes we let our tempers get the best of us,” she wrote on Nov. 16. “Tempers are like wildfires. Something or someone can easily fuel the fire. It takes a lot of strength for someone to realize their anger. It takes a lot of strength and SUPPORT for someone to grow and become a better person. We all say things we don’t mean. We all say things we can’t take back.”
She continued her rant by saying that her dad is “far from a homophobe or a racist.”
After explaining that she understands the paparazzi need to make a living—and added that her father has an infant child to protect—the teenager left her followers with a peaceful message.
“COME ONNNN EVERYONE,” she wrote. “Let’s just all be thankful that we are alive!”
On Monday morning, she took to Twitter to add her frustrations with the feedback she received for her Tweets.
"Getting so much sh*t on here for nothing," she said, with the hashtag, "Twitter can be toxic."
For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously.— ireland (@IrelandBBaldwin) November 17, 2013
My point being, what my dad said was WRONG. What my dad felt WASN'T.— ireland (@IrelandBBaldwin) November 17, 2013
Now, let's all quit acting like children. Let my dad be and let him have his room to learn and enjoy his family.— ireland (@IrelandBBaldwin) November 17, 2013