Alec Baldwin alluded to the recent controversy over wife Hilaria Baldwin’s inheritance this week while investigating Gillian Anderson’s ability to switch between accents.
The “30 Rock” actress tweeted a CNN report on Wednesday about Anderson’s Golden Globe win for Netflix’s “The Crown,” in which she played former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Anderson, who was born in Chicago but spent much of her childhood in London, was noted for having “accepted the award with her American accent.”
The “X-Files” and “Sex Ed” star is quoted in the article as saying that she “tried to hold on to my British accent” when her family moved from England to Grand Rapids, Michigan, when she was 11 years old. once again based in London, he added, “I just slip into one or the other.”
Apparently that didn’t sit well with Baldwin, who tweeted: “Change accents? That sounds … fascinating. ”
Baldwin’s tweet was a less than subtle reference to his wife, who was accused last year of appropriating elements of Spanish heritage.
Days before Christmas, Hilaria Baldwin’s background was the subject of a viral Twitter thread that accused her of “decade old grift. “The accusation concerned the yoga and health businesswoman who presented herself as Spanish, a claim that had been publicly corroborated by her husband, even though he was born and raised in Boston to American parents.
After it was revealed that her given name at birth was not Hilaria, but Hillary Hayward-Thomas, many questioned the legitimacy of her sometimes Spanish accent. That backlash prompted Alec Baldwin to briefly leave Twitter in January after he compared the social media platform to “a screaming party.”
Last month, Hilaria Baldwin issued a lengthy apology on Instagram in which she said that she had been “listening, reflecting and wondering how I can learn and grow” in the weeks since the controversy erupted.
“My parents raised my brother and I with two cultures, American and Spanish, and I feel a true sense of belonging to both,” wrote the mother of six. “The way I have talked about myself and my deep connection to two cultures could have been better explained; It should have been clearer and I’m sorry. “
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