Zooey Deschanel Blasts the L.A. Times for Calling Her a 'Snobby Cow'

zooeydeschanel300.jpgIn this week's latest installment of "celebs correct the public record," actress-blogger Zooey Deschanel took to the web to excoriate L.A. Times op-ed writer Patt Morrison for slamming her in an article about Deschanel's allegedly anti-L.A. statements at a star-studded BAFTA reception for the royal newlyweds last Saturday. Note to journalists: If you're going to call someone a "snobby cow," make sure you get their snobby, cow-ish comments right.

Quoting a USA Today report from the event by Claudia Puig, Morrison let loose on Deschanel for allegedly speaking ill of downtown Los Angeles:

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

The actress was a guest at the black-tie Hollywood BAFTA gala in downtown Los Angeles for the royal Cambridges, William and Kate.

To my friend and former Times colleague Claudia Puig, now the USA Today critic and film writer, Ms. Deschanel worried aloud that the neighborhood around the fabulously restored Belasco Theatre might look shabby to the regal couple. "I just don't want them to see the worst of L.A.," said Deschanel.

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?

Puig's original quote from her report of the event:

"I think they're bigger than stars," said Zooey Deschanel, in a gold tea-length Oscar De La Renta dress.

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.

And finally, Deschanel with the last word, blogging on her own website, HelloGiggles:

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 that 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 that 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 any opportunity to spend time there. I have pride in my city, that's the reason why I thought it was kind of funnythat 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

Point: Deschanel. As of 3:30pm, The L.A. Times has updated the article with a correction: "As it turns out, Zooey Deschanel doesn't live on the Westside."

[L.A. Times, USA Today, HelloGiggles]


  • abrazilian says:

    First off, the homeless situation downtown is inexcusable. It's disgusting. For such a rich community we should stop looking the other way... I love downtown but it is very dirty and the homeless are suffering terribly.
    Secondly, Zooey's response was perfect. I support what she said completely. She is a class act.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    “As it turns out, Zooey Deschanel doesn’t live on the Westside.”
    Unspoken> "But is a Snobby Cow".

  • leewhite says:

    Zooey is neither oxlike nor cowlike. I do believe she was awestruck by the royals and sooo impressed with herself that she'd been invited to this event. She was embarassed by the trash filled parking lot like a spoiled schoolgirl embarrassed of her parents. Why even respond to this article? When you are as lucky as Zooey Deshcanel does this really upset you? Spoiled, childish, snobby? - yes A dull bovine? - no.

  • Cameron says:

    There are no such thing as 'homeless' people in first-world countries like America. They are drug addicts, every one. Their particular drug of choice is more important to them than anything or anyone. Every cent that they get their hands on will go towards obtaining those drugs. They only eat, so that they have the energy to go get the drugs and ingest them.

  • ZebedeeDooDah says:

    Take that mentally ill people let down by a sorely underfunded system! Y'all got burrrned!

  • pinkyt says:

    In the battle of manic pixie dream girl vs. sour pretentious hat lady I'll have to go with manic pixie. And, yes, there are parts of downtown that are very cool but parts that are still very sketchy, so I don't think Zoey's comments were off base even if they were in context.
    The LA Times in general has just gotten really sad/embarrassing as of late, especially given that is the only major paper in LA.

  • Ben says:

    Hmmm. Kinda wordy, ("There was indeed a parking lot") but she gets her point across.

  • Ben says:

    "There are no such thing as 'homeless' people in first-world countries like America. They are drug addicts, every one."
    What an asshole.

  • S.T. VanAirsdale says:

    Haha, Angelinos [sic] are hilarious. Arguing about downtown, trash in parking lots, bovine epithets... That's just another day in NYC. No letters to the editor required. Get over it, girls.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    Being clueless to the world around you is what LA is all about! No one has ever had the thought, "I wanna move to LA because I need my sh*t to get real! I have to face facts! Bus ticket to Hollywood purchased!"

  • Eric Kane says:

    So in calling out an article in which the writer brings up her name in a disparaging manner, Zooey throws Susan Lucci under the bus?

  • SunnydaZe says:

    It is ALWAYS acceptable to throw Susan Lucci under the bus. There are even billboards in LA which read, "Have you thrown Susan Lucci under the bus today?"

  • And the amazing thing is that Lucci was thrown under the bus 19 times before it finally ran her over.

  • John Moss says:

    Eventhough she tried really hard to defend herself the only thing she proved is that she has absolutely no sense of humor. The whole "cute girl" style she sells is nothing more than a false image far away from the truth. Zooey is a mediocre actress, a lousy singer (she sounds like a frog) who lives in he own world and suffers from lack of personality. SHE IS a snobby cow who can't even make a joke.

  • Neo says:

    Zooey is a talentless hipster and Patt Morrison is a troll, so let's call is a draw.

  • John Moss says:

    She doesn't even know what "talent" is. Her entire career is based on her "cute girl" style and support from her family. Patt may be a troll but she has guts. It's a great risk to go against a Hollywood princess. I wouldn't be surprised if they forced her to recall. Freedom of speech...