Hillary, thank you.
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Privileged women definitely have a week! First in a new podcast interview with The cutting room floor, Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine revealed a confusing story in which she said she grew up and “felt like [she] was on the verge of being homeless, ”while she also said she was actually growing up rich. “Now Hilaria Baldwin also wants to join the chat. On Thursday night, Baldwin took to Instagram to discuss her culture again, something that came into question late last year when it looked like she might be falsifying her Spanish accent.
In his post, Baldwin says spending time with his family recently sparked their own discussions about their family background. “We talked about how we grew up, our languages, our cultures,” of which the latter called both “multi” and “very valid.” She said they also talked about “people who want to deny others their right to belong,” which probably refers to the setback she faced when people were told she was born in Boston, not in Mallorca, Spain, as the bios on her IMDb and speaker agency website previously mentioned. “When you are multi, it can feel difficult to belong,” she wrote. “You constantly go back and forth and try to be more this or more that. You feel like you have to explain why you are the way you are and try to fit into a world of labels when there may not be one that defines you perfectly. ”
To be clear, Baldwin in his own words is white. Her parents live in Mallorca, but lived in Massachusetts before moving to Spain in 2011. While Baldwin speaks fluent Spanish, her native language is English, contrary to what was previously suggested in interviews. So people were understandably confused by her fluctuating accent in TV appearances over the years, including one where she seemed to forget the word cucumber. “We all get to curate our individual expressions of our cultures, languages, who we love, what we believe in, how we dress, present ourselves,” she said. “This is the right that every person should have.”
Baldwin’s nearly 400 word post, however, brushes over what many took for granted: the fact that it took her so long to correct misunderstandings about her background, which led people to mistakenly label her a Latina and assume that she was of Spanish descent. Whether her veiled background was intentional or not, she had many years of opportunities to clear up these misunderstandings and apparently chose not to do so. For his part, Baldwin told New York Times that she has always been “very clear” about her background despite these inconsistencies. She said she did not correct two cover stories from Hi! magazine who mistakenly said she was Spanish native because she claimed she did not read them. She attributed her confusion over the English word for “cucumber” to a nervous “stroke.”
“What I had to learn through a very painful experience is that many people behave,” she wrote on Instagram, further emphasizing that “culture, language, sexual orientation, religions, political beliefs are allowed to become fluid.” As I assume, her explanation is why she until she was at least 25 was known as Hillary.