A day after Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra disappointed some fans by not including a photo of their newborn baby in their social media Easter greetings, Alec Baldwin has taken the opposite view of the life-conscious celebrity parents privately happily promoting what one reviewer called “weird”. , a sanctuary-like Instagram account devoted to sharing masses of images of her six young children.
Baldwin encouraged his 2.4 million followers on Monday to check out the mysterious @family_baldwin account. Baldwin said the new, so-called third-party fan account was started by an unnamed woman who he said is “really nice” and “cares about our family.” This woman has apparently shown she cares by posting more than two dozen photos of Baldwin’s six children, ages 1 to 8, since early March.
The controversial film and TV star shares children with his equally polarizing influential wife, Hilaria Baldwin. The couple announced in late March that she was pregnant with their seventh child.
Besides the happy news of the pregnancy, the Baldwins are going through tough times, which raises questions about the purpose of the @family_baldwin account and Alec Baldwin’s choice to promote it.
The 63-year-old ’30 Rock’ star is under criminal investigation and faces multiple lawsuits in the October 21 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on set at the New Mexico from his Western film, “Rust.” Meanwhile, Boston-born Hilaria Baldwin continues to face scrutiny for her documented efforts to misrepresent herself as a “half-Spanish” immigrant on social media and in interviews.
Baldwin and his wife still have their fans, especially when the couple share “adorable” photos of the ever-growing family. These followers, including writer Amy Sedaris, welcomed the news from the @family_baldwin account with over 10,000 likes.
Baldwin shared the news using an image from the account. He shows side-by-side photos of his 19-month-old son and himself around the same age. The account began posting photos of the Baldwin children and their parents on March 3, again with captions in Spanish. The next day, Hilaria Baldwin announced on Instagram that she was taking a brief break from social media, to return to announce her pregnancy.
“Yeah, she posts really nice pictures of your family,” a South Carolina photographer said of the fan’s account. “Definitely worth watching. I wish you all lots of joy as you prepare for your new baby.
Others, writing on Baldwin’s Instagram and the fan’s account, said there was something exploitative or disturbing about a famous dad giving his approval to a third party posting photos. of her children online. Others wondered if the account was run by the Baldwins themselves, especially Hilaria Baldwin.
“Too creepy to post pics of kids you don’t know and are not related to unless Hillary Lynn runs the account,” one person wrote in a comment that appears to have been deleted. .
Someone else wrote: “Hi, I’m new here and just trying to figure out why all the captions are in Spanish. The Baldwin family are not Hispanic, they are 100% American and Caucasian. You should consider doing the subtitles in English so that when the kids grow up and go on IG and find this weird shrine-like page with millions of pictures of themselves, they can read the subtitles.
Baldwin and his wife have been criticized for the “narcissistic” and “insensitive” way in which they used social media to try to shape the narrative of the shooting where Hutchins was killed by a prop gun Baldwin was wielding.
PR experts and entertainment sites have pointed out that Hilaria Baldwin appears to be particularly ‘obsessed’ with social media and ‘over-sharing’ information about her children for attention. Even before filming, the yoga instructor was known to post several images of his children daily, sometimes sharing potentially private information about them and their family life. The Baldwin children became star performers on their mother’s Instagram version of a Baldwin family reality show.
Eric Schiffer, a Los Angeles-based public relations and crisis management expert, agreed in an interview with this news agency that Hilaria Baldwin has used her children “as props” on social media. He and other critics said that Alec and Hilaria Baldwin had sought to drum up sympathy since filming by emphasizing their role as harassed but devoted parents.
Whatever the reason the @family_baldwin account exists, the way the Baldwins present their children online raises broader questions about children’s online safety and “sharing” – when parents post private information about their children. children on the Internet. In academic, legal and technical circles, there is a growing emphasis on the need to protect children’s autonomy and privacy online.
A notable area of concern is consent. Experts say young children cannot reasonably be expected to give informed consent or understand the implications of having their images and information posted online. They must rely on their parents to choose what information about them is shared with the public.
Experts say there’s a risk that when kids are in middle school or older, they’ll be uncomfortable with all the photos that even well-meaning parents have made public. Another problem is that once online, children’s photos and information can be used by outsiders in sometimes harmful ways, including child pornographers and predators.
A number of famous parents, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are known to be very protective of their children’s privacy. These celebrities do what they can to protect their children from the paparazzi and rarely, if ever, post photos of their children on social media, Insider reported in 2020.
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes cite consent as the main reason they never share photos of their two daughters, 7 and 5, on social media, Insider reported.
“I won’t be posting photos of our daily lives,” Mendes told a fan in 2020, Insider reported. “And since my children are still so small and don’t understand what it really means to post their image, I don’t have their consent. And I will not publish their image until they are old enough to give me consent.
Similarly, Ashton Kutcher said in a 2017 podcast that he and his wife, Mila Kunis, chose careers that put them in the spotlight — but not their two young children, Insider also reported.
“I think they should have the right to choose that,” Kutcher said. “It’s their private life; it is not for me to give.
Kerry Washington said in 2019 that she was tempted to post photos of her son and daughter online to share with her 6.6 million followers, Insider reported, but she told the show “Today” that she resisted the temptation by privately sharing the photos with her. therapist.
“I have times when I take photos or videos of one of my three amazing kids and want to post them online, and I tend to send them to my parents or my shrink instead” , Washington said.
Last year, Blake Lively spoke out against a celebrity Instagram account dedicated to sharing photos of celebrities and their children, Romper reported. The account had posted paparazzi photos of the three children Lively shares with Ryan Reynolds.
Unlike the @family_baldwin account, this Instagram account probably hasn’t received any endorsements from famous parents. “This is no casual appreciation,” Lively wrote. “You are also the one exploiting very young children” to get clicks. “Please. Delete. Please. Some parents are ok with this. We. Are. NOT.”