You might recall that aggressive voicemail rant Alec Baldwin left his daughter Ireland back in 2008? It’s been playing in your nightmares ever since? It involved the 30 Rock star calling his tweenage offspring a “pig,” a “daughter-of-a-bitch,” a “thoughtless pain in the ass” and, most insanely, “twelve or eleven or whatever”? Yeah, that’s the one. Just for reference, Ireland was in fact twelve at the time, and unlike every other 12-year-old on the planet, seems to have taken the name calling in stride. “The only problem with that voicemail was that people made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was,” Ireland explained to Page Six this week. “He’s said stuff like that before just because he’s frustrated. For me it was like, ‘OK, whatever.’ I called him back and I was like, ‘Sorry Dad, I didn’t have my phone.’ That was it.” At least, that would have been it if the voicemail hadn’t subsequently been leaked to the press. And if it wasn’t horrible to listen to.
On one hand, it’s easy to take angry arguments out of context. On the other hand, Alec has apparently said stuff like that before? To his child? Out loud? We love Jack Donaghey more than our own distant workaholic Irish Catholic fathers, but this is too much! Not that an Internet parody wouldn’t help take the edge off. “We almost did something funny on YouTube, of me calling him and yelling at him. We were just talking about it the other week,” Ireland said, adding, “I’ve always had a great relationship with my dad.” Would a self-made parody four years after the fact be genius, or just make the whole thing sadder? We need a Liz Lemon up in here to hash this whole thing out!
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