Piers Morgan has criticised the polarising images of Alec Baldwin celebrating Halloween with his family just over a week after he discharged a gun on the Rust movie set accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.
‘Rallying’ for the family, the actor’s wife Hilaria shared photos of Alec posing alongside their children in fancy dress as they enjoyed a low-key Halloween over the weekend.
Hilaria wrote: ‘Parenting through this has been an intense experience, to say the least.
‘Today, we rallied to give them a holiday. Last min costumes…a little hodge-podge…but they were so happy and that warmed my mama heart.’
Despite Hilaria receiving ample support from her followers in the comments, Piers had two words for the photo dump: ‘Appallingly insensitive.’
The former Good Morning Britain host shared a news clipping of the Halloween photos, and, while Lorraine Kelly also hit out at the images on her show this morning, Piers’s comment was met with criticism from his followers.
Echoing similar sentiments to those supporting Hilaria’s post, many suggested Alec was dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder from the incident and this was a way for him to cope with the tragedy.
‘Maybe he’s hiding his own personal pain for the sake of his own family,’ one commenter suggested, as another wrote: ‘What’s he meant to do? He’s got to move on with his life. Horrible accident but you can’t expect him to mourn forever.’
As another suggested the kids ‘need normality’, others felt it hadn’t been long enough since the incident for him to be publicly celebrating such a holiday.
It’s not the first time Piers has waded into the Baldwin conversation, having previously written in his Mail Online column about the shooting: ‘…the more we’ve learned about this appalling incident, the more questions have been raised about Baldwin’s own culpability for the chaotically dangerous and amateurish working culture on the set of ‘Rust’ that led to the shooting’.
Lorraine also discussed the family pictures on today’s episode of Lorraine and was a little confused.
‘He also posted a very bizarre photograph, I think it was Hilaria, of the family dressed up for Halloween with Alec Baldwin in the background there,’ she said as a photo of the whole clan popped up on screen.
‘I’m not sure what he’s meant to be, maybe a Viking or something? It seemed like quite a strange one to do?’
‘Yeah,’ entertainment reporter Ross King agreed. ‘The idea we believe is to try and regain some form of normality. Again, it’s such a strange one.’
Lorraine went on to say: ‘It’s horrendous, absolutely horrendous, just so terribly sad.
‘But as far as the photo and all of that go, she can do that and they can do their Halloween, of course they can, but they don’t necessarily need to share it I guess at this particular time.’
Still, Will and Grace star Leslie Jordan was backing the family as he wrote under Hilaria’s post: ‘Lord!!! I cannot even imagine the chaos! But you two are doing a good job. Giving them a great childhood.’
Another follower mused the pair were ‘letting kids be kids,’ as they added: ‘Was hoping you all would keep with the tradition. Tough I’m sure but a much needed moment of bonding for you and those babies.’
It comes after Baldwin spoke out for the first time over the incident and shared his devastation on the weekend, describing the cinematographer as his ‘friend’.
He told reporters: ‘I’m not allowed to make any comments because it’s an ongoing investigation, I’ve been ordered by the sheriff’s department in Santa Fe, I can’t answer any questions about the investigation.
‘It’s an active investigation in terms of a woman dying. She was my friend. She was my friend. The day I arrived to Santa Fe to start shooting I took her to dinner with Joel the director.
‘We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.’
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