Royal Gala Guest Zooey Deschanel Blasts L.A. Times for Calling Her a 'Snobby Cow'
Watch out Los Angeles Times, Zooey Deschanel has a bone to pick with you.
The 500 Days of Summer star has taken the newspaper to task over an article published Sunday that assailed her for being ashamed of Los Angeles, and particularly, downtown Los Angeles.
The brouhaha began Saturday night at BAFTA's inaugural "Brits to Watch" gala at the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. At the event, Deschanel reportedly remarked to USA Today's Claudia Puig that she was worried the guests of honor Prince William and his new wife Kate would not see the city's best face at the event. The actress was quoted as saying, "I just don't want them to see the worst of L.A."
Columnist Patt Morrison, a former colleague of Puig's, wrote in "Downtown L.A.: Good enough for the royals, but not for Zooey Deschanel?" that Deschanel came across as a "snobby cow" for her remark.
The article went on to attack Deschanel for having elitist views. Morrison wrote, "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?"
Deschanel, a native Angelino, vehemently disagreed with Morrison's characterization in an open letter to the editor at the publication: "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.
"The character you've created of 'me' is actually pretty funny. I don't kow who this person is, but is seems as if you've borrowed her from the Susan Lucci repertoire."
Deschanel continued that she "loves downtown L.A." and made the remark because she thought it was funny that the royals were attending an event next to a parking lot strewn with trash.
The actress' famous friends followers jumped to her defense, and railed on Morrison via the social media site.
Superbad and Get Him to the Greek star Jonah Hill wrote, "@JonahHill - You're not the only one! Half the stuff I said last night was taken completely out of context."
Musician Miranda Lambert tweeted, "@Miranda_Lambert Whoever messes with @therealzooeyd will get their A$$ kicked ML style! We know people:)"
The Office's Mindy Kaling said, "@therealzooeyd you my friend, were the victim of a lazy person on a slow news day. LAME!"
Army Wives' Sally Pressman said, "@therealzooeyd is 100% kind, generous and grounded. More than anyone is saying about you Pat-whatever-your-name-is-jealous-biotch."