Dollycoa- I was starting to wonder that …if the baby-a-year was meant to create the image of a traditional Catholic woman … from 50 years ago. They actually have 5 kids, the youngest is 3 months. I just don’t get it, how she thought she’d get away with it forever. My mom wanted me to talk like the people on TV, so all of my relatives spoke to me in English when I was little. This isn’t just some funny story where a rich woman gets caught out- this is someone who took space from actual Latinas and lied deliberately. Thank you for writing everything that I’m thinking and feeling and for describing your anger and frustration with people who are working overtime to give her the benefit of the doubt that doesn’t exist. I sort of wish there was an upvoting system because I would have been giving up you upvotes throughout the thread. Then he tried to make it a big deal to the point where the Trump Admin were like “uhhhhh this did not happen”. What a poser. Honestly, you’d have to have a rich family to fall back on if your job was Yoga instructor and then Alec Baldwin’s wife. She was transparently playing to exotic sexy stereotypes about Spanish-speaking women. @Sarah, also in that IG video I didn’t hear any accent? Thank you, Hillaria and Alec. Her parents lived in Spain, and so did her brother. He tried to get a job in the Trump Administration (there’s even a pic of him, Trump and Pence floating around). After going so deep down this rabbit hole yesterday, I then turned to articles about why we’re so obsessed with this story, and there I was. Interested in how Hilaria decides to continue dealing with this PR nightmare lol. Who knows? Her family has been in the US as long as Hilary’s yet no one questions Hilary’s identity and citizenship because she’s white. You can certainly get that privilege and artifice though. and just dismissively lump them into one big category. Dang it! Anyone who pretends to be something they’re not for any sort of gain—and Hillary very clearly used her so-called “exotic” backstory to not only score Alec Baldwin, but also media attention and before that yoga clients—is, “how you say in English?,” perpetrating a fraud. Someone who knew her in high school called her on it. Seriously, go down that road and see where it leads. Not really. Anyway, I don’t recall what her surname was before she took up with Baldwin. He probably didn’t have much contact w ith them before the wedding. Make me feel at home?? If you have doubts about her level of appropriation – she literally holds her slightly tan hand next to her daughter’s as an example of the “brown skin” that isn’t any different than the white skin she pointed out on her daughter. She looks visibly Spanish or hispanic in a lot of pictures, so she has changed her appearance to make her look more Spanish or, even worse, darkened her skin from that of a European Spanish person so she looks Latina. I know many POCs that are Greek Orthodox or Catholic. Your face changes a bit. What’s next? Living in CA I wouldn’t think twice about a white person with a Spanish sounding first name if I didn’t know the whole family was pulling some weird grift. You wouldn’t believe the amount of white people who think the Texans who live among them must have come over the border, people whose families have roots older than the Alamo. So again- this is no joke, entertaining for their mess to come out YES, but a joke, NO. You just made your points so well that I didn’t want to just write “This. I’d be afraid of someone who pretended like this for 10 years! He seems to be wrapped around her finger. I don’t know if you can give each child the attention they deserve in such a warped environment. Jews are all ethnicities, but they’ve been chased out of so many places, that many people just see us as white. Never heard about this farce until today. Thanks Jenn, I’ll look out for the book. I know it’s supposed to be harmless and all but it rubs me in the wrong way. Thought she was from some random Basque region…. He never met her clearly non-Spanish parents? This is just the right level of scandal. @Chrissy, I think a huge issue is America has all these people who go too far and decide that THEY are the POC because it’s not enough for them to just be allies. Her and Alec an sulk and whine and cry in their big mansion with their 5 healthy beautiful kids. So now he’s saying that she grew up in Spain. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating a culture and language, and trying to immerse yourself in it. Add the power of Cambridge Dictionary to your website using our free search box widgets. But she has said she was from Mallorca which at the time she was supposedly growing up there would mean that the main language she would have been taught would be Catalan. We also consider white to be white, whether thats white British, French, Spanish and so on. 🧐. Thanks, Nic919 I always appreciate your comments. Every single German thing I grew up with believing to be part of my ethnic and cultural makeup was a LIE. We also consider white to be white, whether thats white British, French, Spanish and so on. I speak from experience and my experience is that I am an American and a Latina. He couldn’t keep up the charade & I believe it really hurt Kim. Some of us tried to explain this yesterday but imma try again. social media the land of hilria’ss hilary? I still haven’t healed and so much of my history is still unknown. I am embarrassed and mortified. And that’s not even getting into him being a shitty husband. For starters, unlike English, double negatives in Spanish don’t make a positive. Are Spanish names intrinsically foreign in a way that Irish, Italian, etc names aren’t? Naming her kids Spanish names is one thing; perpetuating a myth is another. And there is no way someone with her origins, upper class Boston ffs wouldn’t know how Spanish speaking folks are lumped together as illegal, ignorant, the help, and other negative connotations. Specifically the dialect of the island called Mallorquí. Many Latin Americans are of Native American descent – you can’t get more American looking than that! You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. A hot mess of BS! Spanish speakers are as diverse as English speakers who range from Australian aboriginals to native Americans to South Africans to White British. They create these personas and then convince themselves they are defenders against evil. And, she chose Spain because she gets to have it both ways. I am loving this crazy story way more than I should! What is sad is that the darker features are not as admired as the lighter features. The instagram about Dr. Martin Luther King is absolutely revolting. They need to live the drama they perceive and create. @ESMOM and @Sarah, this is gossip escapism at its finest! See: the entirety of the last four years. He’s definitely tweeting his little fingers off on this. in a makeup ad some time ago, i think she referred to herself as native American if im remembering correctly? Maybe we also do that with the British, Irish, Australians, Canadians, South African, etc but certainly not as much. This nutjob took this fake identity based on this narrative of the exotic sexy Spaniard that really doesn’t hold. Natasha my Spanish is really good and I can fake a Mexican accent like a pro. The minute she met Alec, I’m guessing. We understand enough, and when we need help, we simply ask—in Spanish, of course. Basically North Western Europe. To clarify: I know there are happy families with lots of children, I’m not criticizing those, just this particular situation. @Leducduswaz gonna disagree- grandparents both native Spanish speakers & were absolutely harassed in America in the 50s, called “spics” as in “spic english”? Taken out of context the kids names are fine. I just can’t imagine how this is a misunderstanding and how people she knows from her past didn’t flag this mess before now. Find something else to bitch about. My parents are immigrants from Malta. Not enough water in the WORLD to quench the thirst of *this* one! Occasionally you might meet someone who will go so far as to divide into quarters but rarely do people break it down more than that. I feel like he was totally taken in, and that’s because he doesn’t seem to do much, family-wise. She does seem like an incredibly loving mother but I don’t understand why that precludes her from public accountability? And amy re posted the photo as a happy holidays from me and my baby like spoof. Who cares? How are we just finding out. We contain multitudes and can have lots of passion for lots of different topics — for sure, this isn’t the only thing I care about, nor do I think this one story has global impact. So, yeah, there are a lot of questions about what – if anything – Alec knew about Hilaria’s whole fake Spanish act. THAT’S why this is offensive. Whatever makes Hilaria happy is his motto, and how dare we question her story and lies. As others have said – this is absolutely cultural appropriation. I felt so bad for Corey being told he was not in the top 2 right before he had to go walk on the runway. But let’s be real: most people don’t want to believe that they’ve been conned by their intimate partner. And my grandfather decided to change his whole identity, dropped his Russian name and changed his last name to suit his own narrative, because he was ashamed of his origins and feared anti Semitism (rampant in my country). She’s not the first or last person to put on an accent in their real lives and overstate their ties to some other culture they wished they had grown up with. I had to step away from this site because I was getting too emotional and angry at some people, at their audacity to diminish other people’s experiences just because they don’t match their privileged asses. REMEMBER PEEPS– he lied to Kim Basinger about being a vegetarian & wanting “the clean life”, but she caught him w cigars whiskey & prime rib, then he let his inner “dirty” fly hence the crazy divorce. Someone yesterday said that Alec had unrequited love for Penelope Cruz and Hillary cottoned on to that with her fake Spanish bio/accent. 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