As actor Alec Baldwin’s legal troubles mount regarding his role in the on-set death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, his social media activity raised more than eyebrows after a post featuring his wife and son was considered at the least “tone deaf” but, more broadly, “creepy” and “disgusting.”
Last week, Sante Fe, New Mexico prosecutors announced Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed were being charged with involuntary manslaughter after she provided the actor with the loaded gun he fired on the set of “Rust,” ultimately killing Hutchins. Even if he weren’t facing a potential minimum sentence of five years should he be convicted, the sexual innuendo in Baldwin’s first post on Instagram following the charge was viewed as wildly inappropriate.
In the image, the actor’s young son can be seen looking at the camera while he appears to be giving his mother a back rub. The now edited caption reads, “The old ‘let me give you a back rub’ ploy. Potato chips to follow.”
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The “potato chips” portion was added hours after the original caption and Baldwin commented, “I adjusted the text. I guess because…you know…there is so much of that Reddit trash out there.”
That “Reddit trash” dig referred to the mounting backlash from critics who looked on with disbelief as the actor made a suggestive reference to initiating intimacy deserved of Freudian analysis.
“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 sexually suggestive innuendo,” one user wrote as another slapped down the usage and commented, “The back rub ‘ploy’ is a joke between grownups not mother/son omg google it or something. Someone please tell him!”
Without finding fault one way or another in the charge against Baldwin, another person said, “Does anyone else think this is creepy af with the caption? Pic is sweet. Caption makes it weird.”
“Tone deaf, if nothing else,” another contended as someone else invoked the same sentiment considering Hutchins was survived by her child. “If I accidentally took the life of a parent, I certainly wouldn’t be posting pictures of my spouse and child. Then you make a sexual comment on such a moment? It’s not a good look. Find humility.”
As is often the case, fans of Baldwin could find no fault and defended the actor and his post and instead criticized detractors for perverting the post. Meanwhile, one individual took a different tact and mocked the actor’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, who once again had been caught using a “fake” Spanish accent.
“Only ploy is your wife’s accent,” the remark said of the celebrity spouse and mother of seven who was born and raised in Boston as Hillary Lynn Hayward-Thomas.
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In addition to the charges against Baldwin and Reed, Assistant Director Dave Halls also pleaded guilty to the negligent use of a deadly weapon.
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