Ireland Baldwin Defends Dad Alec: ‘He Has Kind Heart,’ Is ‘Not A Homophobe or Racist’

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Ireland Baldwin took to Twitter on Saturday to defend her dad Alec in the wake of several confrontations with paparazzi and the media. As Gossip Cop previously reported, Alec Baldwin used homophobic slurs and got in a fight with paparazzi multiple times last week when photographers and reporters got to close to him and his family. The whole thing was caught on camera.

MSNBC responded by releasing an apology statement and suspending Baldwin’s Friday night talk show for two weeks, and he pleaded with the public not to cancel his show, in a Huffington Post apology piece . In a series of tweets, Ireland said that while her father’s specific comments were unacceptable, she believes photographers goad him into the altercations. “Sometimes we let our tempers get the best of us. Tempers are like wildfires. Something or someone can easily fuel the fire,” she began. She continued, “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,” the model went on. “My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist.” Baldwin noted, “From what you’ve read and from what media has been shoved down your throats, he has a kind heart,” and she also spoke of her own personal experience. “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,” she said.

She continued:

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!

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