Griffs Notes 4/20/07

For those of us who are fortunate enough, life offers no greater responsibility than that of being a parent. It is a difficult, challenging and often exhausting job that is rewarded in immeasurable joy. Nothing can compare to hearing your own child expressing his or her love for you. And many times, we hardly deserve it.

As the lucky father of two beautiful, healthy daughters, I am repulsed and disgusted by the vicious voicemail Alec Baldwin left for his 11 or 12 year old daughter Ireland (he doesn’t even know her exact age) exposed on the TMZ website last night.

Apparently, Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger have had a history of airing their divorce battles in public. Sadly in this case, an innocent young girl is the one to bear the brunt of hostility. Here’s the entire pathetic diatribe of the Daddy Dearest:

I want to tell you something, okay. And I want to leave a message for you right now. Cause again it’s ten thirty here in New York on a Wednesday and once again I have made an A** of myself trying to get to a phone to call you at a specific time. When the time comes for me to make the phone call, I stop whatever I’m doing and I go and I make that phone call – at eleven o’clock in the morning in New York and if you don’t pick up the phone at ten o’clock at night and you don’t have the G*******D phone turned on! I want you to know something, okay? I’m tired of playing this game with you. I’m leaving this message with you to tell you – you have insulted me for the last time. You have insulted me! You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being… I don’t give a D**N that you’re 12 years old or 11 years old or that you’re a child or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the A** who doesn’t care about what you do as far as I’m concerned – you have humiliated me for the last time with this phone and when I come out there next week, I’m gonna to fly out there for a day just to straighten you out on this issue. I’m gonna let you know just how disappointed in you I am and how angry I am with you that you’ve done this to me again. You’ve made me feel like s**t and you’ve made me feel like a fool OVER and OVER and OVER again… and this crap you pull on me with this G*******D phone situation that you would never dream of doing to your mother and you do it to me constantly and OVER and OVER again. I am going to get on a plane and I am going to come out there for a day and I am going to straighten your ass out when I see you – do you understand me? I am going to really make sure you get it. Then I’m going to get on a plane and I’m gonna turn around and I’m gonna come home. So you better be ready Friday, the 20th, to meet with me. So I’m gonna let you know just how I feel about what a rude little pig you really are – You are a rude, thoughtless little pig, okay?

Those are hurtful, hateful words as well as threatening in my opinion. reported today that a LA Superior Court magistrate temporarily suspended Angry Alec’s visitation rights. And for good reason, I hope he loses them permanently after his jack*** message to his daughter.

One would think Baldwin would be contemplating his out of control behavior and begin some serious soul searching, right?

Wrong. Instead, the “Husband and Father of the Year” didn’t miss the opportunity to take a swipe at his wife at the cost of his daughter by having his attorney release this ridiculous statement to the TV show “Extra”:

In the best interest of the child, Alec will do what the mother is pathologically incapable of doing… keeping his mouth shut and obeying the court order. The mother and her attorney leaked this sealed material in violation of a court order. Although Alec acknowledges that he should have used different language in parenting his child, everyone who knows him privately knows what he has been put through the last six years.

Give me a break. This guy is too arrogant and self-absorbed to realize the irreparable harm that he has caused. Sadly, he has no clue that the real person he’s hurting here is himself.

And while I fully recognize that divorce is and can be a very unpleasant thing, the children should never suffer the blows of a failed relationship. In a week that began with the tragedy at Virginia Tech, Alec Baldwin should seek parental advice from the 32 fathers who would give anything to see their child alive and well again.

I’m going home to give my daughters a hug.

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