I think I just squeeked ahead of Alec Baldwin.
[update: 4/21] So where do all you strict parental disciplinarians fall on this one? Is Alec Baldwin an evil animal, or was he setting his 11 year-old straight with a verbal lashing because she didn’t adhere to some pretty basic rules about being reachable (having her cell phone on)?
I’ll throw out the first pitch — I never experienced a verbal tirade like this from my parents, but it doesn’t strike me as that over-the-top. If it was a parent with a 15 year-old daughter who was out past curfew or drinking or something, it probably wouldn’t seem extraordinary at all. Heck, if we can handcuff and arrest 6 year olds, surely we can speak to 11 year-olds like they are adults. Calling your kid a “disrespectful piggy” isn’t what I would classify as abusive behavior. Throw a psycho-ex-wife into the mix, and I almost feel bad for the poor guy. (This was almost certainly more about Alec and Kim than about his daughter — kids always get caught in the crossfire.)
Oh I’m sure he’s a total prima dona, probably thinks the world revolves around him, but he’s a big shot Hollywood actor — they all think that way. I doubt I agree with anything he thinks or says about politics — in fact I’m pretty sure he still owes us all a one-way trip to Canada due to the outcome of the 2004 election… and he’s probably an environmentalist-whackjob of the first order.
So why do I defend him? Three basic reasons:
- “PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN. Coffee is for closers.”
(And the “What’s your name?” line that I can’t quote here…)
- “You ask me if I have a God complex. Let me tell you something: I am God.”
- 30 Rock
His performances on SNL also contribute to the goodwill that should get him past this ugly episode.
So have at it kids — don’t you agree that Alec went too easy on his daughter? 🙂