Zooey Deschanel Will Not Stand For LA Times Gossip Columnist Calling Her A ‘Snobby Cow’

07.12.11 2 Comments

I keep going back and forth on indie film geek wet dream Zooey Deschanel. Ufford at Warming Glow wants to wife her, basically. She seems to “get” the Internet, I kind of loved her in 500 Days of Summer, and she’s cute and adorable and oh those goddamn eyes, but there’s something about her that is also, I don’t know, annoying?

Take, for instance, when she commented recently that she was fearful the visiting Royals, William and Kate, would only see the really sh*tty parts of LA, and not the fancy parts.

She worried that the area near the BAFTA event at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles might look shabby to the regal couple.

“I just don’t want them to see the worst of L.A.,” said Deschanel.

Now, granted, that comment does sound kind of insufferable in an “Oh dear, I hope that the Royal couple aren’t only exposed to poor people when we have so many rich people to offer them!” kind of way. But that’s still not significantly awful enough for an LA Times columnist to call her a “snobby cow” over it in the first sentence of an article, which is exactly what the ancient Patt Morrison did.

I can’t believe Zooey Deschanel is really the snobby cow she came off sounding like Saturday evening.

Naturally, Zooey — who I still sometimes have trouble distinguishing from Katy Perry and Emily Blunt — was not going to take this sitting down, striking back at Morrison on her Tumblr

Dear Ms Morrison,

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.

Zooey Deschanel

You know, I’m gonna have to side with Zooey on this one. The elderly scribe was out of line in calling her a snob, and let’s face it, downtown LA is pretty awful…

Meanwhile, let me get back to trying to determine whether I find Zooey Deschanel cute or annoying, okay? I was so ready to lean cute but then I saw her iPhone case…

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