Is Zooey Deschanel a “snobby cow”? Udderly impossible!
A writer for the LA Times called actress Zooey Deschanel a “snobby cow” after the actress voiced her opinion that she thought it odd the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were attending an event where a trashy parking lot was nearby.
It all started Saturday night at the BAFTAs where Zooey talked about how she didn’t want the Royal couple, who she deemed as “bigger than stars,” to see “the worst of L.A.” Apparently the area around the theater is less than aesthetically pleasing.
Journalist Patt Morrison’s piece, which ran in the online edition of the publication, quoted a USA Today interview with Zooey, then attacked her with the following statement: “I can’t believe Zooey Deschanel is really the snobby cow she came off sounding like Saturday evening.”
A snippet form her opinion piece in the L.A. Times:
Excuse me? Downtown, the worst of L.A.?
What, Ms. Deschanel, you don’t have any homeless people there near your Westside home? Or does that not count, because they’re on the beach, not the sidewalks?
[Update at 3:30 p.m. July 11: As it turns out, Zooey Deschanel doesn't live on the Westside.]
Of course there are thousands of down-and-out folks in downtown L.A. I cannot apologize enough to Ms. Deschanel that in some places, the sidewalks do not smell like Jo Malone candles. There are also million-dollar lofts downtown — like the ones in the Eastern Columbia building, not far from the Belasco theatre.
Zooey Duschanel is not standing for any crap from Patt Morrison and she fought back with a perfectly worded, classy response. Read it in it’s entirety after the cut!
From Zooey Deschanel’s Tumbler:
Dear Ms Morrison, JULY 11, 2011
I feel compelled to respond to your recent blog post, regarding comments I “allegedly” made outside the BAFTA dinner on Saturday night. I never spoke to you at this event; in fact, you weren’t even there. I am completely and utterly shocked that a professional journalist, whom I have never met, would take a partial quote out of context, and use it as the basis for a misguided personal attack. Further, I find it appalling that you would resort to name-calling to get your point across. In a court of law this would be called hearsay, and in journalism, I believe this should be the beginning of an investigation, not the end of one.
Let me be clear, the quote from USA TODAY that you used as the foundation of your piece, was taken completely out of context. I NEVER said Downtown LA was “the worst of LA.” I did make a reference to a parking lot adjacent to the theater that had a lot of trash in it in an attempt to be humorous. I simply said, “it’s funny they brought royalty here, there is a parking lot with trash around the corner.” It wasn’t an opinion. It was true. There WAS indeed a parking lot with trash around the corner. I thought the juxtaposition of British Royalty and trash was amusing in a high-brow + low brow sort of way, but I never said that I, personally, didn’t like downtown, the Royals, or even trash.
I LOVE DOWNTOWN LA and I relish in any opportunity to spend time there. I have pride in my city, that’s the reason why I thought it was kind of funny they didn’t clean up the immediate surroundings before the Royals came through. In the end of course it didn’t actually matter since those two crazy kids were flown in by helicopter anyway. Silly me. Regardless, I don’t even think I need to defend my love of Los Angeles. I am a native Angelino, and had you done any research at all, you would have found that I have been quoted in the press on numerous occasions talking about how much I love Downtown.
In your piece, the character you’ve created of “me” is actually pretty funny. I don’t know who this person is, but it seems as if you’ve borrowed her from the Susan Lucci repertoire. You make so many far-fetched conclusions; for one thing, you state, “go back to your house on the Westside.” Well, I can’t do that because I do not live on the Westside. You also open your piece by calling me a “cow”, which might be your opinion, but I wish a journalist for the Los Angeles Times and KPCC had found a more sophisticated way of sharing a difference in perceived opinion.
It’s hard for me to comprehend why you launched such a vile and toxic blow in my direction over a sentence fragment that you did not even hear for yourself. I do hope that in the future when writing about something, especially a human being, you will consider both the facts and context before publishing your opinion.