Let it out! Sunny Hostin did not hold back when giving her View co-hosts a piece of her mind about Hilaria Baldwin, who recently revealed that she is not of Spanish descent and was actually born and raised in the United States.
“I think it’s a big deal because this is about the fetishizing of Spanish women and Latina women,” the 52-year-old said on the talk show on Monday, January 4. “It’s not just the fake accent which, in and of itself, is terrible.”
“She faked an entire identity. She intentionally culturally appropriated Spanish culture and used the culture for branding, to make herself more exotic and successful. She took up space, in that sense, from Latina women, from Hispanic women,” she added.
Hostin also didn’t understand why Baldwin, 36, lied about moving to the United States when she was 19 years old to attend NYU, when in reality, she simply uprooted her life from Boston to the Big Apple. “I think any success she’s had is stolen success,” the lawyer said.
Of course, the ladies had differing opinions on the matter, but Meghan McCain took Hostin’s side, saying, “I actually think this is quite serious.”
On Sunday, December 27, one social media user revealed that the fitness guru’s accent was questionable since she was born in the U.S. and grew up in Boston, Mass.
Shortly after, the mom of five took to Instagram to address the controversy. “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,” she said. “I was born in Boston and grew up spending time with my family between Massachusetts and Spain. My parents and sibling live in Spain and I chose to live here, in the USA.”
Baldwin’s husband, Alec Baldwin, defended his wife on Instagram and even called out trolls who commented on his post.
Hilaria has remained quiet on social media, but several public figures have made it clear they don't think she is a bad person.
“This is probably an awkward and embarrassing time for Alec and Hilaria,” Alec’s brother Billy Baldwin said on January 2. “I’ve been texting Alec the whole time to make sure he’s OK and if he needs anything.”
“I feel terrible,” she said. “Who’s going to throw the first stone at my sweet sister-in-law? She’s a good woman and you know none of us are perfect. We all have issues,” Billy’s wife, Chynna Phillips, said.
“I’m sure all of this backlash has been hard on her. I don’t know her but I’ve followed her for years and I hope she’s back on social media soon. ... If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” she said.
Meanwhile, a source exclusively told OK! that she is “secretly loving all this attention.”
"It is usually her husband that claims he is the victim, locked up at home, not able to leave his apartment without the press following him. Now it’s her time, and she is playing the part even better than him,” the insider revealed. “Hilaria is now the center of attention and feels like she is a movie star. All the media coverage is bad, but she doesn’t mind, the whole world is talking about her.”