Friday, April 20, 2007

An Obvious Case of Parental Alienation

This little recording and story has been making the rounds on the Internet, and it seems like it's been largely the consensus that Alec Baldwin is a total asshole for how he yells at his daughter on her voice mail.

Now, first of all, I won't defend Alec Baldwin for calling his daughter crude names, he is absolutely wrong for doing so. He's supposed to be the adult here -- and it's obvious he simply has problems controlling his own emotions and anger. And I cannot actually believe I'm defending him in this post, since I don't like Mr. Baldwin at all because he is a fascist left wing blowhard Democrat partisan hack that I cannot stand whenever he weighs in on any political issue of the day,

BUT...

If you look at much of the commentary on this story, you'll see that most of it is basically condemning Alec Baldwin and advocating that he lose all parental visitation rights.

I think that it's rather obvious that Kim Basinger has turned her kid against her Father...and no matter how bad Alec Baldwin has behaved in yelling at his dauther, he makes a good point through his publicist:

A friend of Alec Baldwin's just contacted TMZ to say that the actor called Ireland last week and apologized for his outburst. The friend added that Ireland is the most important thing in the world to Kim and Ireland two days after the message: click to launch galleryAlec and that he is frustrated because over the last six years, Kim has "tried everything" to alienate Ireland from him.

UPDATE: Alec Baldwin's spokesperson released the following statement to the TV show "EXTRA": "In the best interest of the child, Alec will do what the mother is pathologically incapable of doing ... keeping his mouth shut and obeying the court order. The mother and her lawyer leaked this sealed material in violation of a court order. Although Alec acknowledges that he should have used different language in parenting his child, everyone who knows him privately knows what he has been put through for the past six years."

So Kim has been actively trying to alienate Ireland from her Father, and after a certain point, Mr. Baldwin lost it. Yet the media wide consensus is that Baldwin is now an unfit parent for "threatening" his daughter.

I find that last point particularly disgusting for the simple fact that "threatening" IS a part of parenting. His "threat" was that he was going to "straighten her ass out."

Now if any parent were to be stripped of parental rights for "threatening" their child with discipline or consequences, the law would basically be making any and all parenting illegal. The feminist idea that Father's are not only unnecessary, but "dangerous" because of the potential for violence is becoming quite pervasive - and the attitude that Mr. Baldwin is "dangerous" for yelling that he is going to "Straigten her ass out" is disgustingly misandrist.

Now tell me, can anyone HONESTLY believe that Mr. Baldwin would actually physically abuse his daughter? Because what I hear is a very frustrated Father who simply reached a breaking point because he's so helpless in the face of a manipulative ex-wife who is using her daughter as a pawn to get back at him for a divorce. I personally think Kim Basinger has done something FAR WORSE to her daughter by releasing this recording to the public than any angry words Alec left on Ireland's voicemail.

BTW - if it indeed is true that Kim Basinger violated a court order by releasing this recording, anybody wanna bet me she will face absolutely NO CONSEQUENCES WHATSOEVER....while Baldwin may actually lose visitation rights!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Saying what she's doing is worse isn't much of a defense for baldwin.

There's no excuse for that shit in my book.!

Davout said...

If it can be shown that kim basinger's has been engaged in systematic parental alienation, they do partially excuse Baldwin's behaviour.

I'm not a big Baldwin fan cos he's a social liberal and planning to run on a democratic ticket. It's ironic that he's ranting and railing against the very adversarial custodial system that he will probably be upholding as a Democrat.

Hawaiian Libertarian said...
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Hawaiian Libertarian said...

That is true Davout...but then, Baldwin is just another Hollywood useful idiot that supports Democrats because it is "the thing to do" in Hollywood social circles.

He would never connect the agenda the Democrats push with his own problems in the divorce industry.

As for anon...though Baldwin is certainly wrong for calling his own daughter a "little pig," I see much of the condemnation around the internet to be focused on people decrying Baldwin "threatening his daughter." And because he "threatened" her, he is now a "danger" and should be kept away from her at all costs.

I think that's a bunch of crap. Threatening to "straighten your ass out" is not the same as "I'm going to beat your ass."

Part of parenting definitely involves threatening. From "if you don't do your homework, you're not going to be able to hang out with your friends" to "if you keep getting in trouble, I'll ground you for a month."

When I heard the recording, I didn't here Baldwin threaten physical harm. In my book, a father telling his daughter that is disobeying and disrespecting him that he is going to "straigten her ass out" is NOT "abusive." And it certainly should not result in total loss of visitation or the imposition of State sponsored supervision when he actually does visit with her.

Finally, apparently Ms. Basinger violated a court order by leaking this recording to the media. If there is equality under the law, she should definitely face some kind of penalty for it...but we all know she won't.