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article imageAlec Baldwin's daughter defends dad on Twitter over gay slur

By Yukio Strachan     Nov 18, 2013 in Entertainment
Like a parent defending a child from school yard bullies, Alec Baldwin’s 18-year-old daughter, Ireland, on Saturday challenged her father's critics to "quit acting like children."
This declaration comes after the release of a video on Thursday in which the former 30 Rock star can be allegedly heard, according to TMZ, yelling, cursing and calling a photographer outside his Manhattan apartment a "c--ksucking f-g."
The uproar was swift and severe. In a statement on its website, GLAAD said: "Mr. Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice. It’s clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.”
As a result, MSNBC slapped Baldwin with a two week suspension of the actor's talk show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin.
Hours later, Baldwin posted an apology, insisting he did not "intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words".
He added, "Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable."
But GLAAD wasn't totally satisfied. "Alec Baldwin still needs to take real action," the organization's vice president of communications, Rich Ferraro, said to USA Today in a statement. "MSNBC has sent a message that anti-gay slurs carry consequences, and that's an important standard to uphold at a time when LGBT people continue to face disproportionate levels of bullying and violence just because of who they are."
The star's daughter, who was famously the target of her father's emotional and verbal abuse at age 11 when he called her a "rude, thoughtless, little pig" in an angry voicemail leaked to the media, took to Twitter on Saturday to defend her dad.
"Sometimes we let our tempers get the best of us," Ireland wrote. "Tempers are like wildfires. Something or someone can easily fuel the fire…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 aspiring model continued. "My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist."
She added, "What my dad said was Wrong. What my dad felt Wasn't. 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."
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