WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Hilaria Baldwin has been criticized by netizens for her changing name and fluctuating accent.
- She says she’s Hilaria in Spain and Hillary in the U.S. and her accent adjusts to where she is and who she’s with.
- Her husband Alec Baldwin and stepdaughter Ireland Baldwin have been defending her from all the criticisms.
Hilaria Baldwin, who has been accused of cultural appropriation, explains her side: “Ultimately, this boils down to this idea where this is a country of a lot of different cultures and I think that we can be different parts of ourselves with different people… I am somebody who I feel really lucky that I grew up with two cultures, I grew up speaking two languages.”
She echoed the sentiments of other people who grew up in a multicultural home, learning and adjusting to at least two cultures while spending childhood in two different countries at one time or another, and speaking two or more languages.
She was born Hillary Hayward Thomas in Boston, Massachusetts and not in Mallorca, Spain contrary to a podcast she made in April 2020 saying, “I moved here [to America] when I was 19 to go to NYU from… my family lives in Spain, they live in Mallorca.”
Hilaria says that she goes with the name Hillary in America but in Spain, she’s Hilaria. Even her Spanish accent has fluctuated throughout the years depending on where she is at and who she is talking with.
Her accent is “not something I’m playing at… I want that to be very, very clear,” she clarifies.
Husband Alec Baldwin defended his wife from the criticisms with, “Just a lot of s—t. You have to kind of hack your way through the debris of Twitter. Twitter is just a vast orchard of crap. And I have certainly slung some crap in that orchard myself every now and then with things I’ve said. So, that’s not lost on me that I’m guilty of that as well.”
Stepdaughter Ireland Baldwin also came to Hilari’s defense: “I’m sorry that people are giving you such a hard time during a time that is already so f–king difficult for everyone in this world coping with the realities of Covid and being without family over the holidays and even losing family during the holidays due to this madness… I know who you are and I know what you are not and I’m lucky to know you for who you truly are.”
Hilaria in her defense sums it all up with, “I’m getting attacked for being who I am…people wanting to label me Spanish or America, can’t it be both? It’s frustrating, that is my story.”
Source: Fox News