Alec Baldwin is saying adios to Twitter after a huge backlash to his wife’s claims about having Spanish heritage and seemingly slipping in and out of a Spanish accent in a scandal that exploded when it was revealed she’s not from Spain, but from Boston! The actor announced on Monday that he would be quitting the social media platform.
"Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming," Baldwin tweeted. "Not much of a party. Goodbye for now." Adios, amigo!
Hilary (Hilaria) Baldwin came under scrutiny after videos were shared on social media showing her slipping between a Spanish and English accent. It was not long before multiple reports emerged questioning her statements about her background, where she grew up, and if her occasional Spanish accent is real. Some biographies claimed she was from Spain. She made several comments over the years indicating she had Spanish heritage but the truth is she’s American, and her parents are American and moved to Spain in 2011.
Hilary (Hilaria) addressed the backlash in an Instagram video, explaining that she was born in Boston and grew up spending time with her family between Massachusetts and Spain, where her parents and siblings now live.
In an interview with The New York Times, she explained that biographies stating she had been born in Spain were unverified. She further clarified her accent, explaining that the strength of her English and Spanish accents is dependent on how happy or upset she is feeling.
"There is not something I’m doing wrong, and I think there is a difference between hiding and creating a boundary," she added in her Instagram video.
Alec jumped onto Instagram to criticize social media while defending his wife.
"What’s up with the people who created Facebook? I don’t know," he said in a video posted late in December. "They sound like they’re … They sound like people who never knew who they were to begin with, which is why they invent crap like this. And they’ve only gotten worse."
Alec then took a swipe at Twitter.
"You kind of have to hack your way through the debris on Twitter," he said. "Twitter is just a vast orchard of crap."
Alec later explained that there had been "false" and "untrue" things said about the "people that I love." In the final seconds of the video, the actor and comedian added: "When you love somebody, you wanna defend them. Consider the source."
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