Hailey Baldwin's N-Word Scandal: Why It Was Swept Under The Rug

Chanel Adams

Hailey Baldwin caused some controversy on social media. However, it wasn't picked up by major media outlets. Instead, the news spread on celebrity gossip sites and among fans on social media who are disappointed with the model.

The 19-year-old has been trending on social media this week. That's because Hailey Baldwin was caught saying the N-word to her friends on Instagram, according to gossip blog CelebrityXO. Hailey Baldwin, who's the daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, was exposed in a private group chat for saying the word. Then, she defended herself and said that she's "not white."

A DM between Hailey Baldwin and her friends was leaked by an anonymous source and went viral on social media. As of right now, the source of the leak is unknown, according to 8Gossip.com. Check out the proof for yourself below.

— thetruth (@jaileyexposed) March 29, 2016

Fans weren't happy when they found this conversation between Hailey Baldwin and her friends. Some took to Twitter to call out the model for using the N-word. Meanwhile, others defended her, arguing that her black friends in the group were fine with her using the word. There are other arguments that Baldwin's conversation was meant to be private and people should mind their own business.

This isn't the first time Baldwin has said the N-word. Back in 2011, she was called out for using the N-word on Twitter. In a now-deleted tweet, Baldwin listed off her ancestral makeup.

Then, in 2014, Baldwin was under fire for making an insensitive tweet about "leaving Florida white but coming back to NY a different race." In her tweet, revealed by the Huffington Post, she included the turban emoji. Baldwin's tweet was removed 15 minutes later after she ignited outrage on the social media site. She then apologized, stating that she "wasn't meaning to be racist."

— Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) April 23, 2014

Apparently, it runs in the family. Alec Baldwin caused his own controversy on Twitter five years ago when he tweeted the N-word when he was reciting the lyrics to Kanye West and Jay Z's song "Ni**as in Paris," according to NewsOne.com. In the now-deleted tweets, Baldwin said that he loves the song and wants to make his own version called, "Ni**as in Montauk." He also said that he would release his own album titled, My Beautiful Pale Twisted Fantasy.

— 8 Bit Nerds (@8bitNerds) May 21, 2015

Of course, not everyone found Baldwin's jokes funny. Black Twitter slammed Baldwin for using the N-word and making such jokes. One even wrote that his racist jokes are a "disgrace to the human race."

So, why did Hailey Baldwin's N-word controversy fly under the radar for the second time around? It seems like the media only focuses on her friendship with Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid or her on-again-off-again relationship with Justin Bieber. Is it because that Baldwin still doesn't have the same status as her peers? Baldwin has revealed in a recent interview that she's not as famous as her model friends. She doesn't even see herself in the same league as them.

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Back in June, Baldwin spoke to PeopleStyle at Coach's Friends of the High Line Summer Party in New York. She explained why she shouldn't be compared to her friends.

"I'm not on the same level as Gigi and Kendall. We're not in the same place in our careers," she simply stated.

Baldwin also revealed that the threesome doesn't hang out as much as it appears. In fact, they're too busy to hang out because of their hectic modeling schedules.

"We don't hang out that often! We're all friends. We all have the same job, but we aren't together that often, especially as a trio."

What are your thoughts on Hailey Baldwin's N-word controversy? Do you think she should have received more flack for it? Sound off below in the comments section.

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