Actor Alec Baldwin has apologised for a quip over Filipina mail-order brides following strong protest from the south east Asian nation.
The star of '30 Rock' joked on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' that he wanted more children and was “thinking about getting a Filipino mail-order bride at this point, or a Russian one”.
The comment, made last week, resulted in a rebuke from the Philippine government, and a warning from one politician that he would personally beat Baldwin if he set foot in the country.
Senator Ramon Revilla, a former actor, called the joke “insensitive and uncalled-for”. A letter from the Philippine consul general Cecilia Rebong to the actor described the comment as “offensive and prejudiced”.
Responding to the criticism, Baldwin issued an apology through an article on the news website The Huffington Post.
He wrote: “I believe that most people understood that this was a joke and took it as such. (A dated reference, no doubt, and another sign of my advancing age.)
“However, I do apologise to anyone who took offence.”
Baldwin added that he was not surprised by the response from the Philippines, a country which has suffered from the treatment of some of its overseas workers.
“Such anger and frustration about the issue of sex trafficking is understandable,” the actor added.