Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Alec Baldwin

How many people out there have heard Alec Baldwin's message he left on his daughter's phone? Raise your hands if you did, I'm watching.

Okay. How many of you that heard it thought that it was awful, demeaning, cruel, abusive, inappropriate, ________ fill in the blank. Raise your hands.

Okay, I see everyone raised their hands on that one. Me too.

Now, how many people out there think that Alec Baldwin is a bad father? Raise your hands.

Guess what? My hand did not raise. I think he screwed up, BIG time. I think he loves his daughter, though. I think he was frustrated that the "supposed" court order that names a designated call time for he and Ireland to connect was not met. I put supposed in quotes because it is extremely common for judges to order such things -- sometimes on a weekly basis, sometimes on a nightly basis. I just haven't read the court order, so that's why I quoted supposed.

Now, how many think that it was unconsinable for Kim Bassinger to release that recording to the public? Isn't that just as harmful to her daughter? Okay, we have no proof that Kim actually leaked it. BUT she's the mom, she has control over the phone, the people she hires, etc. She's the one to point the finger at.

And how many people think that it's Kim's job to have her daughter by the phone at the prescribed time so that she can talk to her dad?

I do.

I guess because I sat in a courtroom for 11 years and have seen many, many, many nasty custody cases, I've seen it all. I think both parents are under extreme stress from the fighting that's going on. Men typically get named for being the bad guys in said cases, but in my experience, the women played the worst games.

Bottom line is that none of this is good for Ireland. My heart breaks for her. I hope her parents can get their acts together and put her interests first.

I read tonight that Alec Baldwin is going to be on The View on Friday. I will watch because I want to hear what he had to say.

I know I'm sending Ireland virtual hugs and love because I think she really needs it.

I also know far worse things were said to me in my childhood. My mother commonly called my oldest sister Two-Ton Tony to her face, in front of friends, etc.

Parents make mistakes, we're human. But for God's sakes, get it together for the kids' sake.

I just needed to share my thoughts on that. I'd like to know what others think of the whole ordeal, if they've been following.

4 comments:

Carrie said...

I listened to the recording last night, and talked about it with my hubby - you echoed my thoughts EXACTLY.
Yeah, he screwed up, shouldn't have called her a pig. In the same vein, this man's been fighting to BE a daddy for years and years, and it's finally taking its toll. He had to fight for the right just to be able to call her, because Kim wasn't allowing him to call. And then Ireland doesn't even pick up the phone?
(Can we say spoiled, snotty brat? Encouraged in her disrespect of her father by her mother?)
When I heard the tape I heard a lot of anger, sure - but mostly I heard pain.

Kim did an incredible amount of disservice to Ireland by leaking this. Can you imagine what Ireland is being called by her friends now? Can you imagine the teasing and ribbing she's getting? And then Kim goes and makes highly-public shopping trips with Ireland so the press can get lots of photo ops to show what a caring, involved parent she is. What a tool.

My guess (and it's only a guess) is that this girl has an allowance or spending account that is twice what my husband makes in a year, she's a spoiled little brat, and she was in high need of having her butt put into place.

But of course, that's not sensational enough for the media to look at it from that angle. I guess they'll be happy when 10 years from now, she's strung out on drugs and flashing private parts at cameras alongside Paris Hilton because she didn't get "a good talkin' to" often enough. Then they can talk about what a horrible father Alec was and how he should've tried harder (as if he hasn't tried to move mountains already). Ugh.

Angela, MotherCrone said...

I'm in total agreement. Truth be told, there have been one or two times when I called my teen a "self-centered brat" during a horrendous fight. I am not proud that I lost my cool ,but he really needed a dose of reality because he was SO far out of line. I felt a lot of that same frustration coming from Baldwin. Added in the additional frustration of knowing your ex is turning your child against you, and there is nothing you can do about it. It is a shame..but I can't imagine it.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Hi, Frankie--

I have nominated you for the thinking blogger award! Go to
http://ragamuffinstudies.blogspot.com/2007/04/thinking-blogger-award.html so you can read about the award. Also, at that post, I have linked to the original Thinking Blogger post. You can decide if you'd like to participate and what the meme is!

Congratulations!

Coach J said...

Just wanted to let you know I've responded to your comment on Carrie's entry "Not Christian Enough". Thanks for the correction. I DO believe that if the shooter was Christian, and had asked Jesus Christ for forgiveness of his sins, he would be in heaven.