Ireland Baldwin Defends Dad: Not Homophobic or Racist!

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Ireland Baldwin knows of Alec Baldwin's wrath.

In April 2007, a voicemail left for the then-12-year old from her father referred to Ireland as a "thoughtless pig" who made her dad feel like "shit."

So if Ireland can forgive her own parent for such an outburst, she wants to know: Why can't the rest of the world look past Alec's most recent outburst?

With Alec Baldwin suspended by MSNBC due to yet another rant against a photographer on the street, Ireland Baldwin has taken to Twitter in her father's defense.

"It takes a lot of strength for someone to release their anger," the 18-year Tweeted over the weekend. "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."

In this case, those things include the word "cocksucker," which Alec swears he did not know was an anti-gay term and for which he's since apologized.

The confrontation with a paparazzo last week was merely one in a very long line of anger-filled showdowns with members of the press for Baldwin, but Ireland says this is somehow proof that her father has matured.

"For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously," she wrote. "My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist."

She also wants critics to focus on WHY Alec went off; namely, the fact that camearmen are harassing his wife and newborn baby.

"My point being, what my dad said was WRONG. What my dad felt WASN'T," Ireland added. "My dad has an INFANT CHILD to protect. All the parents out there should understand. You would do anything to protect your baby."

Alec Baldwin has issued his own statement regarding his behavior and language and it reads:

"I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support."

No word yet on whether or not his MSNBC program will ever air.

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