Alec Baldwin keeps making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now the actor is trending again, except this time it’s because of something cruel he said to his daughter Ireland years ago. She brought it up while participating in a viral social media challenge.
The 26-year-old model is the daughter of Baldwin and Kim Basinger. She did a TikTok video set to The Ting Tings song “That’s Not My Name” and included things people called her which weren’t her actual name. In the video, Ireland wrote in a caption, “My name is Ireland… but the media likes to call me…”
Other celebrities doing the challenge had included character names from movies and shows they performed in. But Ireland used the TikTok clip to remind everyone that her father Alec once called her a “thoughtless little pig” on a recorded voicemail. The actor’s daughter was 11 at the time.
“My name is Ireland. I’m a writer. And I think pigs are cute so jokes [sic] on you,” wrote in the captions at the conclusion of the video.
“I can’t even tell you how much time I’ve wasted worrying about headlines and comments. Can you believe that?” she wrote in the Instagram caption.
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“Can you believe how much control we give others and how much power we give their narratives. Maybe you don’t experience this on the scale that I do, but the majority of us have been called names and have had assumptions made about us.”
Ireland expressed that she “could give less of a s***” what the media calls her because it’s “one giant garbage dump.”
“I know who I am for the first time in a long time and I’m excited to show you what I’ve been working on,” she continued while acknowledging it will be impossible for her to achieve fame without hearing about “achievements of both my parents.”
“I don’t give a f*** what you think about how I look, what I wear, what I think and say, and damn does it feel good to get to this point,” she concluded.
Baldwin was battling Basinger in a bitter custody battle at the time. He left the voicemail on Ireland’s phone in 2007 and called her a “rude, thoughtless little pig” while berating the child for not answering her phone during a court-ordered call time.
According to Page Six, Baldwin left a two-minute rant, shouting, “I made an a** out of myself trying to make this call . . . You have insulted me for the last time. You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being.”
He also said, “You’ve made me feel like a fool over and over and over again. I’m gonna straighten your a** out when I see you, do you understand me?”
The audio clip quickly went viral and even over a decade later, the “30 Rock” actor said his error still haunted him. Though he blamed people bringing it up more than the fact that he left the voicemail in the first place.
“It’s thrown in your face every day,” Baldwin told George Stephanopoulos during a “Good Morning America” interview in 2017. “There are people who admonish me or attack me and use that as a constant spearhead to do that.”
He continued, “It’s a scab that never heals cause it’s being picked at all the time by other people. My daughter, that’s hurt her in a permanent way.”
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