Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland: 'My dad is far from a homophobe'
Baldwin later took to Twitter saying that he actually said "c***-sucking fathead" and then eventually issued an apology, saying, " Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support."
His new MSNBC show "Up Late With Alec Baldwin" got pulled from the schedule for two weeks and may not return at all.
Now daughter Ireland Baldwin, 18, has jumped into the fray, going on her own Twitter rant about the whole thing:
Sometimes we let our tempers get the best of us. 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. 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 be 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. As someone very wise once said, "Be peaceful and love everyone." COME ONNNN EVERYONE. Let's just all be thankful that we are alive!
Later, she responds to a few people with:
- forgiveness is key. I suggest you follow in my example.
- he shouldn't have said what he did but life goes on. It's about what is next.
- he has a problem. Like all of us. He has come a long way and is truly a great father despite what you've read.
Now, Ireland is right that the photographer Baldwin chased in the incident was very close to his wife and new baby. But perhaps the larger point is whether words like the ones he used should even be in his vocabulary to exclaim, even in a moment of anger?