Baldwin family’s Halloween picture branded ‘bizarre’ by critics – Evening Standard


orraine Kelly has criticised Alec Baldwin and his family after they posted pictures of themselves dressed up on Halloween following the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins.

Baldwin’s wife Hilaria posted pictures of the celebrations on Sunday, suggesting the couple “rallied” to cheer their children up amid scrutiny following the shooting.

“Parenting through this has been an intense experience,” she wrote on Instagram. “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.”

On her namesake show on Monday, Kelly said the pictures were “bizarre” while other social media users suggested they were “inappropriate.”

Kelly said: “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.”

In reference to his costume – a creature from book Where the Wild Things Are – he said: “I’m not sure what he’s meant to be, maybe a Viking or something? It seemed like quite a strange one to do?”

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.”

Kelly added: “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.”

Alec Baldwin

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The actor and his wife also faced backlash on Twitter. One wrote: “Alec Baldwin did your wife actually post Halloween photos on Instagram!! So inappropriate and so not a good look!”

In the pictures, Baldwin stands next to his wife – who is dressed as a spider witch – matching her daughters Carmen, eight, and Maria Lucia Victoria, eight months.

In other pictures, Maria and her older brother, Eduardo, one, posed in matching brightly-coloured workout clothes.

Rafael, six, Leonardo, five, and Romeo, three, also wore fun costumes.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times revealed three accidental weapons discharges took place prior to 42-year-old Hutchins’ death.

Halyna Hutchins

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One is said to have involved Baldwin’s stunt double firing a blank despite being told it was “cold” or empty. Meanwhile, it was reported that a props department worker shot themselves in the foot with a blank.

The LA Times interviewed several crew members – with some suggesting schedule and budgeting was tight on set.

“It always felt like the budget was more important than crew members,” Lane Luper, the A-camera first assistant, told the newspaper on Saturday.

“Everything was about the schedule and the budget,” they added.

Over the weekend, Hilaria was criticised for interrupting her husband during an inpromptu interview he gave reporters about the shooting on a Vermont roadside.

Last week, Santa Fe district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies did not rule out bringing charges against Baldwin and said “all options are on the table at this point”.