Ireland Baldwin Defends Dad: 'It's Not Fair'
By JACKIE WILLIS
May 01, 2013
At the young age of 17, Ireland Baldwin is finding her own fame in the modeling and social media world, and like her famous father Alec, she isn't keeping quiet when it comes to reacting to her and her family's critics.
As you may recall in 2007, Alec left an angry voicemail for his daughter, who was 11 at the time, that went public. In the message, the actor calls his daughter a "rude, thoughtless, little pig," but Ireland says she's moved on from that and she wants the media to do the same.
"Just like almost all of you, my dad has made some mistakes in the past. He has spoken out of place, he has let his temper get the best of him, and he has reacted towards things in ways he shouldn't have," Ireland writes on her Tumblr in defense of the 30 Rock star, 55. "I get hateful replies and threats regarding mistakes of my dad's past. This isn't fair. ...More importantly, my dad has moved on. He recognized that he needed to change, so he made changes. ...He moved on, so why can't you?"
Ireland, daughter to both Alec and his former wife, 59-year-old Kim Basinger, doesn't stop there. The 6'2" teenager also reacts to the "hateful" comments that she's been receiving about her body. "What I don't fully understand, is what is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17-year-old girl and calling her fat, ugly, etc? Is that helping you in some way? I'm confused."
Ireland adds, "If you don't have a complimentary thing to say about someone, keep it to yourself. ...Every girl out there has a beautiful feature. ...I apologize to some of you that my decision to try modeling is bothering you so much. I wanted to get a feel for it. This opportunity arose, so I took it."
The Hollywood heir made one more point, writing: "Modeling can really help you feel beautiful! I also get compared to my mom [Basinger] quite a bit and this is where I bridge into the point of this whole post. I AM NOT MY PARENTS."
She concludes, "I have passions and interests of my own that I want to soon give life to. I want to be known for helping others and being a healthy role model. That is what matters most to me overall."
What do you think of Ireland's blog post? Does she have a point?