Actor Alec Baldwin has come under fire for an "inappropriate description" he posted on his Instagram profile, along with a photo of his wife and son. The post, which featured a picture of his son Leonard hugging his mother, was captioned with the words, “the old ‘let me give you a back rub’ ploy”. Many interpreted the caption as ambiguous and criticized Baldwin for s*xualizing his own child.
In response to the backlash, Baldwin edited the caption to add, “Potato chips to follow,” and commented, “I adjusted the text.
I guess because…you know…there is so much of that Reddit trash out there”.
Many took to social media to express their disappointment and disgust at Baldwin's caption. One person wrote, “Imagine being indicted for involuntary manslaughter and the first post you make after the announcement includes a picture of your attention-seeking wife, posed with your young son, and captioned with a s*xually suggestive innuendo”.
Another person commented, “S*xualizing children is always so weird but your own child? Yikes”. Others pointed out that the post was ill-timed and ill-advised, given that Baldwin is currently facing charges of manslaughter.
Baldwin was involved in an on-set incident while filming the movie "Rust" in which he accidentally shot and killed Halyna Hutchins, an assistant director. He also injured director Joel Souza during the incident. Baldwin has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, but prosecutors in New Mexico announced that he will be charged for handling a gun.
Assistant director David Halls, who provided the actor with the gun, has accepted a misdemeanor charge in a plea deal. "If any one of these three people — Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls — had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today.
It’s that simple," special prosecutor Andrea Reeb said last week, reports nypost. Baldwin's comment on the post also drew criticism, as he referred to the negative reactions as "rubbish like this on Reddit."