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Alec Baldwin Defends His Enormous Family

Listen, it’s nice work if you can afford it.
Alec Baldwin Defends His Enormous Family
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The hottest accessory for dads in the United States right now is 7 to 10 children. Here’s Alec Baldwin on the matter: “People comment about how many children we have and ask why,” he wrote alongside a video of his family. “This is why[.] The thing in this life that matters most to me are these people.”

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Yes, having the family you want can be a wonderful thing. Toddlers in little animal suits can be a wonderful thing too! Lullabies—can it get much cuter than that? 

Hilaria Baldwin, his wife, posted an image of the couple’s growing baby just a week ago, which likely prompted some comments about the size of their family. One can forgive Baldwin for getting a bit defensive about all of that. It’s his family after all. 

But Baldwin is just one of the three men recently in the news for defending or commenting on the size of their enormous young family. He, Elon Musk, and Nick Cannon have been on a bit of a baby-making tear as of late, and answering critics or people who are just expressing shock as they imagine what it means to raise so many offspring has become a part of their job description. 

As we say in the biz, three’s a trend, and when there’s a trend, one naturally wonders what it all means. I don’t know what it all means, for what it’s worth. These growing families of famous men are not a hemline or “dressing like Barbie” or a Cappelletti spritz. They do, however, encourage the curious mind to wander. Like, is it a flex to choose parenthood over and over again in a country that does not ensure that right (because the wealthy and connected will likely always have the right to choose)?

These guys should absolutely have as many children as they and their partners want, but that doesn’t prevent slight shock when one sees news of their new babies in the tabloids, with the fathers commenting on their imminent births. The cost of having children has been growing untenably high for while, and the ability to choose not to have another child has now shrunk. You can forgive Baldwin’s defensiveness, but you can also forgive the hoi polloi for the nervousness expressed every time Baldwin, Musk, or Cannon announces new progeny. Having 7 to 10 kids to birth and support for at least their first 18 years of life? It’s nice work if you can afford it.