Ireland Baldwin Comes To Dad's Defense Following Homophobic Slur

Ireland Baldwin recently defended her father following his encounter with a photographer outside of his Manhattan apartment last week.

Alec Baldwin's confrontation with the shutterbug is well-documented. The altercation infamously resulted in the former 30 Rock star calling the guy a "c***sucking f**." As a result, the actor came under fire from GLAAD and Anderson Cooper.

However, Ireland Baldwin insists that her father isn't a "homophobe or a racist." According to Yahoo! News, the aspiring model came to Alec's defense in a series of Twitter posts earlier this week.

Ireland wrote:

"Sometimes we let our tempers get the best of us. 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. What my dad said was WRONG. What my dad felt WASN'T. For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously..."
The New York Daily News explains that the model also took issue with the photographers who follow her mother around. According to the always outspoken Ireland Baldwin, the paparazzi cause nothing but trouble wherever they go.

"Having paparazzi following my mom and I has not been thrilling. Paparazzi can bring out many confined feelings of anger and spite," the model wrote.

The Inquisitr previously reported that MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin's chat show Up Late for two weeks following the incident. Although he issued an apology through the cable network shortly after the incident took place, the folks at GLAAD and CNN host Anderson Cooper weren't willing to let him off the proverbial hook.

Over the weekend, Baldwin said he might retire from the entertainment industry since the public's obsession with his personal life has grown to epic proportions. The actor discussed the issue in a blog post over at The Huffington Post.

"If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theater, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy choice," he explained in his recent post.

Alec continued, "This country's obsession with the private lives of famous people is tragic. It's tragic in the sense that it is so clearly a projection of people's frustration about their government, their economy, their own spiritual bankruptcy."

Are you surprised that Ireland Baldwin came to her father's defense on Twitter?

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