Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland defends actor amid controversy
Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland has come to the actor's defense following the suspension of his MSNBC show, which came following the posting of a paparazzi video that shows him cursing out a photographer and using what many believe to be an anti-gay slur.
Baldwin had issued an apology last week after his outburst against a photographer was published online, saying he "did not intend to hurt or offend anyone" and in a new column published in the Huffington Post (warning: contains explicit language) on Saturday, he writes that he never uttered "a direct homophobic slur (or indirect one for that matter)."
Ireland, the 17-year-old daughter of Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger, had herself been the target of a an angry voicemail Baldwin had left that had famously leaked online in 2007. The teenager, who had since indicated the incident was not a big deal to her, took to Twitter to defend her father amid the recent paparazzi controversy.
"Sometimes we let our tempers get the best of us," Ireland tweeted. Tempers are like wildfires. Something or someone can easily fuel the fire. It takes a lot of strength for someone to release 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."
"For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously," she added. "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."
Celebrity photographers often follow Baldwin, who has become known for many public outbursts made against them, and even more often since he and wife Hilaria welcomed a new baby daughter in August.
"Having paparazzi following my mom and I has not been thrilling," Ireland tweeted. "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 be made," she added. 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."
Baldwin also hinted that the paparazzi attention may spur the end of his entertainment career. The actor had said in 2009 in an interview with Men's Journal that he had lost interest in acting.
"If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theatre, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy decision," he said in his Huffington Post piece.
Meanwhile, the future of Baldwin's MSNBC show, "Up Late With Alec Baldwin," remains unclear. On Friday, the cable network suspended the program for two weeks. Baldwin said in his Huffington Post piece that "whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," adding that "if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it."
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