“Some decided it was uncalled for and un-American especially on #MemorialWeekend when we are supposed to honor those who died serving our country. Didn’t realize that this day and age a simple 2 word phrase would upset some people. #WeAreAllAmerican #LetsStopTheHate #HispanicsAlsoDiedForAmerica”
Maybe someone needs to tell those disgruntled fans that Texas is 32 percent Latino, so they might want to get used to that phrase.
But if it’s offensive Spanish phrases they’re looking for, we have a truckload worse than “good morning.”
On December 21, 2020, journalist and podcaster Tracie Egan Morrissey opened a jar of worms that caused a massive stir. In a post shared to her Instagram Story, Morrissey shared a string of posts that examined the accent of author, and yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin (wife to Alec Baldwin), and her alleged claims of Spanish heritage. In her post, Morrisey questioned whether or not Baldwin has misrepresented her ethnic and cultural background.
Since, Baldwin, who was not born in Spain and does not come from a Spanish family, but one from Massachusetts, has been forced to explain herself.
In a post shared to Twitter, Morrissey commented on Baldwin’s “decade-long grift” of impersonating a Spanish person.
“You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade-long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person,” Twitter user @lenibriscoe remarked at the top of a long thread that quickly went viral.
According to Page Six, Baldwin’s bio on her agency’s site claims that “Baldwin was born in Mallorca, Spain and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.” In 2018, Hola! magazine described Hilaria as “born in Spain” and noting that Spanish is her native language. @lenibriscoe shared that in interviews from her earlier days of her marriage to actor Alec Baldwin Hilaria Baldwin spoke with a Spanish accent and, in one case, seemed to forget the English word for “cucumber.”
Users pointed out that in an April interview with Cat and Nat of the MomTruths podcast, Baldwin claimed to have “moved here when [she] was 19 to go to NYU.” When asked where she’d moved from, Baldwin noted From — my family lives in Spain, they live in Mallorca.”
After being called out for faking an accent, Hilaria has had to clarify previous assumptions about her heritage.
It is true in fact that Baldwin’s parents live in Mallorca, and according to “Page Six,” they have resided there since 2011. Before that, however, they lived in Massachusetts. According to CUT, Twitter investigators sleuths “dug up the following footage of Kathryn Hayward (‘formerly an internist at the Massachusetts General Hospital’) on what looks like her website, speaking about her upbringing in Longmeadow, as well as Baldwin’s paternal grandfather’s obituary, which states that the Thomas ‘family presence in … Vermont predated the American Revolution.’ Baldwin’s grandfather’s professional travel to Argentina reportedly inspired his children to ‘become proficient in the Spanish language.’”
Strangely, however, if you search “where was Hilaria Baldwin born” on Google it shows a map of Mallorca. Hilaria’s IMDb bio states that “Hilaria Baldwin was born on January 6, 1984 in Mallorca, Spain as Hilaria Lynn Thomas.” School mates of Hilaria have noted that when she was younger she went by the name Hilary.
Recently, Hilaria responded to the questions in a post shared to Instagram.
Hilaria admitted that “there’s some stuff that needs to be clarified,” but said that her words were twisted in previous media appearances. She admitted that she was “born in Boston” and claimed to be “a different kind of Bostonian” one who lived“some of [her] childhood in Spain… There was a lot of back-and-forth my entire life, and I’m really lucky that I grew up speaking two languages,” Hilaria explained that her accent changes depending on the language she speaks more often. “When I tried to work, I try to enunciate a little bit more, but when I get nervous or upset, then I start to mix the two.”
When it comes to her name, Baldwin says that she used the name Hillary in the U.S. and Hilaria in Spain. “My parents, they call me Hilaria, my whole family call me Hilaria,” she remarked. “It’s the same name, just a few letters different, so I think we shouldn’t be so upset about it,” she said. “And whatever you guys want to call me, I will respond to both.”
So far, fans have yet to determine if Baldwin’s claims actually hold water. We’ll see if her insistence that she is not to blame for the misconceptions about her heritage works for her moving forward.
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Cardi B knows her worth and doesn’t have time for the haters. On Wednesday, Billboard announced that they crowned Cardi B “Woman of the Year”–an honor they bestow annually on a female artist who dominates the pop culture scene. As reference, last year, the award was given to Billie Eilish.
But with the chart-topping, record-smashing success of “WAP,” Billboard had pretty much no other choice but to give the title to none other than our Dominican-Trinidadian Queen, Cardi B, this year.
But not everyone was so happy about. A few bitter critics took to the internet to complain about the usual stuff: Cardi’s contributions to music this year, and her being a polarizing figure in general.
“Cardi B sets women back hundreds years,” wrote one particularly bitter Twitter user. “She objectifies women’s bodies as ‘machines’ made solely for sex. The English-level used is shameful. I wouldn’t want my kids to listen to any of that crap.”
So on Wednesday, Cardi took her Instagram to serve her haters a hefty serving of humble pie.
“Morning y’all, it’s your girl Cardi B,” she greeted her audience, bare-faced, her hair wrapped in a scarf, dressed in a floral robe. “And yes, I am Woman of the Year.” And it just got more hilarious from there.
“And for you crybabies like, ‘But she only got one song!’ Yeah, I got that song, b—h. You know, the one that sold the most? The one that streamed the most? The one that had Republicans crying on Fox News about it. The one that have a song that’s about to be six times platinum in three months. The one that had your grandma popping her p—y on TikTok. Yeah b—h, that one.”
As Cardi continued to spit facts, she then took the opportunity to highlight her political activism this year–a brand of activism that kept her younger fans both entertained and, more importantly, engaged.
“For over a year, I’ve been influencing and using my platform for y’all to vote, not just for when Joe Biden was going against Trump,” she added. “I’ve been informing y’all about y’all’s senators, midterm elections, using my money to meet up with these candidates like Bernie. Flying out, tired after shows. Yeah, that’s me, b—h.”
Never one to take un-founded criticism lying down, she continued her tirade against ill-informed haters. “Even when y’all’s crying like, ‘But she don’t represent us!’ Yes I do, b—h. I represent America,” she paused for emphasis here.
“I wanted a change, and that’s exactly what the f–k I did,” she said. She then concluded the video: “And eat it up. I’m just that b—h. Eat it up with a spoon so y’all can get a mouthful.”
Cardi B never fails to keep us fully entertained. The annual Billboard’s Women in Music event will be held on December 10th. As a side note, Jennifer Lopez will also be receiving Billboard’s Icon Award.