Did Ireland Baldwin inherit her famous dad's foot-in-mouth gene?
The 18-year-old fashion model received massive online criticism for being racially insensitive after she tweeted photos of herself dressed up as the chief from Peter Pan for Halloween.
After first going on the offensive, tweeting, "This is who I was being for Halloween at Disneyland. You all are pathetic," the daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger ultimately issued a half-baked apology: "People make mistakes, everyone," she tweeted. "I made a mistake and I apologize if it offended."
The controversy followed a huge Internet hullaballoo over Julianne Hough dressing up in blackface as Crazy Eyes, one of her favorite TV characters from "Orange Is the New Black."
Unlike Hough, Baldwin asserted she had a right to dress us as a Native American, claiming she had Cherokee Indian heritage. She also noted that Native American costumes are sold at Halloween stores, a comment echoed by a puzzled commenter on Crushable:
"So let me get this straight....adults can't dress up in Indian/Native American costumes but little kids can for Halloween and Thanksgiving plays at school? Or should we all shame them for being racially insensitive? Do you truly think she was being a racist by picking out a costume that is available at every Halloween store??"
Whether Baldwin deserved to get lambasted for her costume choice or deliberately milked the controversy for publicity is up for debate. What seems more certain is that the 6-foot,1-inch stunner promises to be a controversy magnet like her TV star dad.
The former "30 Rock" actor was most recently attacked for being anti-gay after he lashed out at Daily Mail reporter George Stark, who accused his wife of tweeting at James Gandolfini's funeral. He called Stark "a toxic little queen" and "lying little bitch," sarcastically threatening, "[I would] put my foot up your f***ing a**… but I'm sure you'd dig it too much."
The native New Yorker was also booted from an airplane flight after refusing to turn off his cell phone because he was in the middle of playing Words with Friends. He not only talked back to a flight attendant, he further insulted her on Twitter, joking that American Airlines is "where Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s find jobs as flight attendants."
Baldwin's biggest faux pas, however, arose from an incident involving his daughter Ireland. Six years ago a phone message recording was leaked to the media in which he called the then 12-year-old a "rude, thoughtless little pig" for not answering his phone call.
Makes you wonder if being a Baldwin means always having to say you're sorry.
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