Amy Schumer has poked fun at Hilaria Baldwin once again, after the fitness instructor and wife of actor Alec Baldwin shed light on her Spanish heritage.
In a video shared on Sunday, Hilaria revealed that her real name is Hillary and she was born in Boston, not Majorca, following intense online speculation she was ‘faking’ her Spanish accent.
Hilaria explained that she often puts on the accent in different scenarios and has wanted to ensure her children with 30 Rock star Alec are bilingual.
After comedian Amy previously apologised for sharing a Christmas message through an image of Hilaria and Alec’s family, she’s had another giggle in a now-deleted post taking the mick out of the Spanish controversy.
The light-hearted snap Amy shared featured a selfie of herself wearing sunglasses and a giant sunhat, looking wistfully off into the distance.
Amy wrote: ‘I get it. I went to Spain a couple times and loved it too.’
The star added a cucumber emoji, which was seemingly a dig at Hilaria’s inability to conjure up the English word for cucumber in a now-viral cooking clip.
Model Emily Ratajkowski was a fan of that one, as she wrote in the comments: ‘Thank you…that cucumber emoji really hits.’
Amy’s tongue-in-cheek post followed discussion about whether Hilaria was truly Spanish and faking her accent, with some of her former classmates sharing videos pointing to inconsistencies, while an online biography also claimed Hilaria was born in Majorca and raised in Boston but was vague in the details.
Keen to dispel any allegations, Hilaria explained yesterday: ‘A bit about me. I’ve seen chatter online questioning my identity and culture. This is something I take very seriously, and for those who are asking — I’ll reiterate my story, as I’ve done many times before.
‘I was born in Boston and grew up spending time with my family between Massachusetts and Spain. My parents and siblings live in Spain and I chose to live here, in the USA.
‘We celebrate both cultures in our home — Alec and I are raising our children bilingual, just as I was raised. This is very important to me. I understand that my story is a little different, but it is mine, and I’m very proud of it.’
Hilaria stated that she was a ‘white girl’, adding: ‘Let’s be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there and my family is white. Ethnically, I am a mix of many, many, many things. Culturally, I grew up with two cultures so it’s really as simple as that.’
Explaining that there was ‘a lot of back and forth’ throughout her life, Hilaria described herself as a ‘different kind of Bostonian’ and that she ‘can’t change [her] background’ but she’s ‘proud’ of who she is.
‘Yeah I’m a different kind of Bostonian but that’s who I am, and you kind of can’t change your background – nor would I want to – I’m really, really proud of who I am.’
She was defended by her husband Alec, as well as his daughter, Ireland, with the actor sharing a clip on Instagram urging his followers to ‘consider the source’ when reading things about not only him but his family and friends.
‘We live in a world now where we’re hidden behind the anonymity of social media,’ he said, not directly referencing his wife. ‘People feel that they can say anything. They can say anything. They probably would like to do anything if they weren’t at risk of getting caught and going to prison.’
He went on: ‘Because they can’t do that, because that involves real commitment to do something, to express those feelings, they say things, no profile picture very often, sometimes yes, no identifying features there, hidden behind the anonymity of social media, they want to just shoot it all over you and spray it all over you, their venom and their hate.’
Alec added: ‘When you love someone you want to defend them.’
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