Hilaria Baldwin isn’t the first celebrity to be roasted for a fluctuating accent. These stars have all been questioned over the years for their mysterious ways of speaking.
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The yoga-instructor wife of Alec Baldwin was forced to to explain the origins of her accent after a social-media tsunami erupted over a December 2020 tweet that read, “You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person.”
Social media users pointed to videos of the mom of five speaking with a pronounced Spanish accent — which seemed to contradict a December Instagram video in which she spoke with an American accent.
Despite her agency speaker’s site listing her birthplace as the island of Mallorca, Spain, the podcaster confirmed to fans following the outcry that she was actually born in Boston.
“There’s been some questions about where I’m born, I’m born in Boston … I spent some of my childhood in Boston, some of my childhood in Spain, my family, my brother, my parents, my nephew, everybody is over there in Spain now, I’m here,” Baldwin said.
She said she grew up speaking both English and Spanish and added, “I am that person, if I’ve been speaking a lot of Spanish, I tend to mix them or if I’m speaking a lot of English, I mix that, it’s one of those things I’ve always been a bit insecure about.”
In 1995, Madonna adopted a faux-British accent while living in the English countryside with then-husband Guy Ritchie. Even the pop superstar later acknowledged that she sounded ridiculous.
“I didn’t know what anyone was talking about until I heard old interviews of myself,” Madonna said earlier this year according to the BBC. “Why did you let me do that to myself? I’m from Michigan!”
Naturally, Madge dumped all the Eliza Doolittle detritus on the doorstep of her ex.
“It’s all Guy Ritchie’s fault,” she said. “He made me do it.”
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Dorit Kemsley’s confusing accent is so famous, it became her Season 7 tagline.
“When you’ve traveled the world, you can speak in any accent you want,” she said at the beginning of each episode.
In an interview with Bravo’s Daily Dish, Kemsley said she has a British affectation because she’s married to English businessman Paul Kemsley and was raised by non-American parents — and because she has spent many years traversing the Pond.
“First and foremost, I am married to a Brit who’s got a very, very strong London accent, and I’m sure some of his inflections have sort of rolled over on me,” she said.
Tom Hanks was honored at the 2020 Golden Globes, but it was his son Chet Hanks who stole the spotlight — on social media — with his Instagram video.
The rapper, who presumably grew up in rarefied circumstances as the son of the Oscar winner and Rita Wilson, posted a video of himself from the red carpet speaking in what appeared to be patois.
“BIG UP FIMI WHOL FAMILY SOON COM AT DI AWARDS NA SEEN CHUNE IN,” Chet captioned the video.
He later defended his use of a Jamaican accent by comparing it to someone watching an English movie, going into a Starbucks and saying, “‘Eh, give me a latte, Govna,” in a Cockney accent.
“It’s not coming from a place of like, ‘Oh, I’m going to s—t on these people,’” he said. “You know what I mean?”
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Lindsay Lohan has spoken with some puzzling accents over the years.
In 2016, she debuted a vaguely European lilt, which mysteriously ebbed in and out. The “Mean Girls” star talked to the Daily Mail about her assiduous aural antenna.
“It’s a mixture of most of the languages I can understand or am trying to learn. I’ve been learning different languages since I was a child,” she revealed. “I’m fluent in English and French, can understand Russian and am learning Turkish, Italian and Arabic.”
Then in 2019, the actress broke out in an Australian accent to greet her fans Down Under — even though she hails from Long Island.