No matter how old your parents get, they’ll never grow tired of embarrassing you. That includes celebrity parents on social media.
Ireland Baldwin is the 22-year-old daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. She is a beautiful model who sometimes goes topless on Instagram.
But when she posted a recent thirst trap on Instagram, her dad couldn’t resist calling her out on it.
Instagram’s comments system is a disorganized mess, where people can lose track of their own comments under a slew of new messages.
But that does not actually mean that your comments are invisible. They’re still there, and people can see them.
And if you’re a celebrity, there’s a more than decent chance that people are tracking and screencapping your comments across all social media.
If you leave a random thirsty comment on somebody’s Instagram pic, people will notice.
The same is true if you try to shame your daughter for posting a thirst trap.
Ireland posed in a racy pic on Instagram, which she does all of the time — it’s part of her job and part of her brand as a 22-year-old model.
In the photo, she is posed ona motorcycle while the photo, taken from a low angle, showcases her bare leg and the curve of her derriere.
Alec commented on his daughter’s photo, writing: "No. Just … no."
Clearly, unlike the man whom he so often portrays on Saturday Night Live in recent years, Alec has no interest in seeing his daughter in various states of undress.
We know that it’s awkward but, if that’s the case, maybe he should just unfollow her on Instagram?
Ireland Baldwin has shut down body-shamers before because she is an absolute treasure who knows that we have to confront awful comments at every turn.
But how do you respond when the body-shamer is your own father?
(Plenty of women have had to ask this same question, including adults like Ireland, and the answer is different for different people)
Whatever Ireland may have said or done behind the scenes appears to have made Alec realize that he had embarrassed her or embarrassed himself.
Because he has now posted an indirect apology.
Over the weekend, Alec posted a series of photos indicating that he is spending time with his young grandchildren.
At around noon on Monday, it appears that he realized that he should make a conciliatory gesture towards Ireland.
Posting an innocuous photo of her on Instagram, Alec captioned: "Actually, this is number one out of five…"
The implication, of course, is that she is his favorite child.
Many immediately assumed that he was trying to apologize or at least compensate for his comment under her modeling photo.
Overall, we’d say that this is a far cry from that one time that Alec Baldwin called 11-year-old Ireland a "rude, thoughtless little pig" in a voicemail.
No one should speak to anyone like that, but that is even more important for parents speaking to their children.
Ireland chose to continue to speak to her father as an adult, however, and says that the two of them have a much better relationship.
While Alec’s comment wasn’t nice, we should at least remember that he’s said a lot worse to her in the past. So … that’s something.