First L.A. Times columnist Patt Morrison wrote an opinion piece slamming Zooey Deschanel for making what she characterized as snobby comments about downtown Los Angeles during Saturday’s BAFTA gala featuring Prince William and Duchess Catherine.
Then Deschanel wrote an open letter on her Web site slamming Morrison for writing a column that Deschanel described as inaccurate (she noted that she does not live on the Westside of L.A., as Morrison contended) and a “vile and toxic blow in my direction.”
Morrison has issued a response to that, via an e-mail to Celebritology and an open letter of her own. The upshot: she stands by what she wrote.
In the open letter, posted to the L.A. Times Web site yesterday evening, Morrison writes:
“Because I love downtown L.A., warts and all, and because Zooey Deschanel is a talented and charming actress, I am happy to hear that she really does love downtown Los Angeles.”
She notes that Deschanel said more than just the single sentence the actress feels was originally taken out of context by a USA Today reporter.
“In addition to her saying ‘I just don’t want them to see the worst of L.A.,’ she said, ‘This is such a big deal and there are, like, parking lots filled with trash all the way here. I hope they helicopter them in past that.’”
Lastly, Morrison notes that she attempted to do her homework:
“I also wrote that Deschanel lives on the Westside -- not so, say her people. But it’s not like it wasn’t checked: Voter registration records show that as of last November’s election, she was registered to vote at an address in Pacific Palisades.
I hope Deschanel will head back to greater downtown L.A. one of these days. The vegetarian breakfasts at the Homegirl Cafe? I can’t recommend them enough.”
In a response to my e-mail request for comment, the L.A. Times issued this statement, “As a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed columnist, Patt Morrison’s job is to voice opinions. Like our other columnists, her tone and choice of words reflect her own feelings.”
As for Deschanel, she has not responded to Morrison’s response but she has tweeted thank yous to several of her Hollywood colleagues who voiced their support for her open letter. Among them: Jonah Hill, Mindy Kaling, Minka Kelly and “Glee’s” Lea Michele .
@msleamichele thanks girl! I think you're an awesome lady!