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Alec Baldwin Made A Shady Joke About Gillian Anderson's American Accent And Let's Just Say It Didn't Go Down Very Well

"You can't do irony in the United States anymore because the United States is such an uptight, stressed-out place and such an unpleasant place right now."

Posted on March 5, 2021, at 9:34 a.m. ET

Alec Baldwin found himself in hot water this week after making a joke about Gillian Anderson's accent following the drama surrounding his wife, Hilaria.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
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You might remember the controversy that's been going down over the last few months after Hilaria was accused of misrepresenting her Spanish heritage and faking an accent.

After a slew of tweets called her out over it, Hilaria clarified that she was born in Boston and grew up splitting time with her family between Massachusetts and Spain.

In a video posted to Instagram, she explained that her accent would change depending on her situation and was a result of being bilingual.

"It's one of those things that I've always been a bit insecure about," she said. "If I get nervous, or I get upset, then I start to mix the two."

After taking a break from social media following the furore, Hilaria returned with an Instagram post, further explaining that she had been raised "with two cultures" and felt a deep connection with both.

"My parents raised my brother and me with two cultures, American and Spanish, and I feel a true sense of belonging to both," she said. "The way I’ve spoken about myself and my deep connection to two cultures could have been better explained — I should have been more clear and I'm sorry."

Earlier this week, Gillian Anderson's accent was also put under the microscope after she won a Golden Globe for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.

Gillian Anderson posing at a press event
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With a bunch of well-known English-accent roles under her belt, many had assumed Gillian was British. But in her acceptance speech on Monday, she surprised many with an American accent instead.

Gillian Anderson smiling during the virtual Golden Globes, with the text "Actress — television supporting role, Gillian Anderson, The Crown"
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Gillian was born in the US before moving to London at an early age. She then moved back to the US at 11 years old and has split her time between the two ever since.

Speaking of her changing accent in an interview last year, the Sex Education actor said: "It goes back and forth because I grew up in both places, so it depends on who I'm talking to. So usually when I'm talking to Brits, it slides into British, and vice versa for American."

One of the people with something to say on the matter was Hilaria's husband, Alec Baldwin, who tweeted, "Switching accents? That sounds...fascinating," seemingly referring to the drama surrounding his wife.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
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However, the joke didn't go down well at all, resulting in Alec deactivating his Twitter altogether and posting a lengthy video on Instagram, where he made his feelings on the criticism clear.

Alec Baldwin speaking on the set of The View
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"Of course you can't do any irony on Twitter," he said. "You can't do irony in the United States anymore because the United States is such an uptight, stressed-out place and such an unpleasant place right now."

Although he didn't refer to Gillian by name, he said he was a "huge fan" of hers and had only made the joke to "illustrate the point that multicultural expressions of anyone, whatever country, language, music, food, clothing, art, whatever of those expressions are important to you, that's your business."

"Twitter is one-third interesting posts," he went on, "one-third tedious, uninteresting, puerile nonsense, and then it's one-third, or more maybe, just abject hatred and malice and unpleasantness."

Adding that his tweet wasn't meant to be offensive, the 30 Rock actor said he would reach out to Gillian to set the record straight.

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