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Wow, what a dickhead.

Posted by Carollani | April 19, 2007 5:04 PM

"I don't care if you're 11 years old or 12 years old or whatever you are..."

Posted by pgreyy | April 19, 2007 5:15 PM

parents lose their cool with kids from time to time, and i'm glad no personal tirade of mine has been released to the media.

still, his behavior is particularly deplorable. so is kim's (or whomever on her team released this).

Posted by infrequent | April 19, 2007 5:17 PM

sounds like a not so unusual tirade from a parent at the end of their rope with the important exception of the name-calling - that crosses over from frustrated parent tirade to high-end jackassery that can cost you your parenting rights. No matter how angry and frustrated you get, you just don't call your kid names - ever. Ever ever ever. Yeesh.

Posted by Switzerblog | April 19, 2007 5:25 PM

I like Alec Baldwin the actor, but Alec Baldwin the parent completely stinks. This girl will be reacting to being called a "thoughtless little pig" for the rest of her life and you bet this isn't the first time he's done this.

He's the adult. She's the kid. He needs to remember that.

Posted by damn | April 19, 2007 5:51 PM

That sound super fake. The way "he" keeps mentioning dates, making sure to say them clearly...That is not how normal people talk. And it doesnt really sound like him.

I call Fakey McFakerson on this case.

Posted by Monique | April 19, 2007 7:08 PM

This is none of my business.

Posted by Sean | April 19, 2007 7:14 PM

This is none of my business, either.

Posted by homage to me | April 19, 2007 8:24 PM

Monique @ 6, TMZ's page is updated to include an apology from Alec Baldwin for the message, so unless that update is false then the message is real.

On another note, it sounds like Baldwin has self control problem. I remember reading some letter he wrote in defense of Kim to some critic 8 or 9 years ago (when they were still married) in Harper's in which he went off the deep end in similar fashion.

I agree completely with Damn @ 5.

Posted by Matt from Denver | April 19, 2007 9:22 PM

I agree the name-calling's abusive. The most abusive (to me) is the menacing tone Alec uses to describe their "meeting."

The child has done something to Alec, in his view -- forced him to drop what he's doing and "make an ass" out of himself to place a phone call, yet she wasn't even there to answer at the designated time. The child stood him up, jacked him around, "played games" with him.

Now Alec's going to fly out to California on a particular day at a particular time (once again taking time out of his busy schedule), hunt the girl down, and "set her straight."

Even if Alec has never raised a hand to his daughter, his words clearly connote a physical confrontation. Alec intends to control Ireland. Ireland will now know always to be next to the phone when he calls. She will never make this mistake again, lest she be "set straight." Oy.

Plenty of children who are never actually hit by their parents still suffer from symptoms similar to those associated with physical abuse.

As embarassing as the voicemail is or will be for the child, perhaps its release to the public will serve a purpose, putting Alec's behavioral problems under the media microscope. I just hope the courts do not allow him to continue treating children this way.

Posted by JME | April 20, 2007 12:39 AM

I've heard this sort of thing before, only in person. When messy divorces happen and kids are caught in the middle sometimes parents project their former partners actions onto their kids and assume their kids are taking sides.

NO, I don't think it's fair and I think Alex should feel like a fucking ass for this message but as an adult who's been there I get it.

So while this recording makes me very sad because it's really horrible to take out your anger and frustration over a failed marriage out on your child, I still believe context is important.

This really makes me sad. My dad hates Alex Baldwin. If he hears this I hope he has the good sense not to comment to me about because I will remind him just how close to home it is.

ps. My dad and I get along really well now.

Posted by monkey | April 20, 2007 6:57 AM

Wow....I just had a flashback to 8th grade. I agree with monkey....the parents are using the kid to get at each other. But the little pig comment is a bit much.

Posted by Rotten666 | April 20, 2007 8:29 AM

It reminds me of his classic role and scene in Glen Gary Glen Ross: "Put that coffee down!"

Posted by Suemi | April 20, 2007 9:53 AM

I remember when I was a teen, thinking what a super-awesome parent I was going to be - a best friend to my own kids, and I would never ever yell at them.

With a 19 year old who figured out how to play one parent off another a long time ago and continues to do so even from college, I empathize with Baldwin. This stuff occasionally happens even with a good marriage and stable household. Surely his tirade is something to be avoided, but life happens.

Posted by D Huygens | April 20, 2007 10:33 AM

The man is a waste of skin

Posted by david | April 25, 2007 9:12 PM

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