UPDATE: See update below! Zooey responds. (In my best - oh dear, this has become a TMZ story voice)
Actress Zooey Deschanel is known in part for her role in the film 500 Days of Summer, which indirectly starred Downtown Los Angeles. Her fawning counterpart in the film, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is an architect always admiring the old details of the Historic Core. In real life, Deschanel apparently doesn’t think much of the city center. She worried aloud to a USA Today scribe, getting quotes about the royal couple who were attending a black tie affair on Saturday at the Belasco Theater, that William and Kate were seeing the “worst of LA.” The L.A. Times gives Patt Morrison some space to give Deschanel, who she calls a snobby cow, a stern talking-to.
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?
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. There is the venerable Grand Central Market, the spectacular Central Library, the Oviatt Building, the jewelry district and the fashion district and MOCA. The royals might have marveled, “Oooh, what’s that?” as they helicoptered into downtown above the splendid Disney Concert Hall.
Didn’t take long for Deschanel to respond. And by respond, I mean to dodge Morrison’s right hook of a take-down and come swinging back with a sharp upper cut that may very well dislodge Morrison’s famed hat:
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.
… 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.