CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 25: Ireland Baldwin attends Madonna's 'Fashion Evolution' Pop-Up Exhibit, hosted by Material Girl at Macy's Westfield Century City on April 25, 2013 in Century City, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Iconix Brand Group)
How often do we get to hear from the celebrity children we love to gossip about? Not that often, so it makes 17-year-old Ireland Baldwin's open letter on her Tumblr page especially rare.
And the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin doesn't hold back. In fact, she sounds remarkably mature and sensible in responding to what she describes as "many hateful emails, Twitter replies, and comments on gossip websites about me and my parents."
Apparently, some of her more troglodyte correspondents think the blond model-bombshell-in-the-making is unattractive. Huh?
"What I don't fully understand, is what is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17-year-old girl and calling her fat, ugly, etc?," she writes. "Is that helping you in some way? I'm confused. I know girls tend to have nasty things to say about other girls and judging the looks of other girls is only human of us all, but putting that out there is hateful and unhealthy. If you don't have a complimentary thing to say about someone, keep it to yourself."
She writes that she tries to "see the beauty in everyone," even people who send her nasty messages. She wants to make "a few points very clear," including that she's tired of being compared to her parents, especially her mother.
"My mom is one of the most beautiful woman in the world. She is 5'9, I am 6'2. She is petite and fragile, and I am fit and.... more to love, teehee. I have a booty, she has a thigh gap."
She's really tired of being known as a "rude, thoughtless little pig," as her Emmy-winning father once infamously said to her via answering machine, and she's tired of people still beating up on her father - and her - for something said in anger years ago. Everybody makes mistakes occasionally, everybody lets temper take over occasionally, she wrote, and it's not fair to blame her for any of it.
"More importantly, my Dad has moved on," she wrote. "He recognized that he needed to change, so he made changes. He is now healthy, happily married with a baby on the way. He moved on, so why can't you?"
Ireland, who is trying her hand at modeling, writes that she is proud to be her parents' daughter but doesn't want to be known forever as "Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's kid."
"I have passions and interests of my own that I want to soon give life to," she concludes. "I want to be known for helping others and being a healthy role model. That is what matters most to me overall. Before sending hateful replies and emails, consider all of this. Talk to me! I am friendly. I do not think I am better than anyone."
Whatever else it proves, this letter suggests it's not true that the social-media shorthand of Twitter and Facebook have ruined today's teens' ability to fully express themselves in writing.
Maria Puente, USA TODAY