July 12th, 2011
12:09 PM ET
Zooey Deschanel is biting back at an L.A. Times opinion piece that suggested the actress came across as a "snobby cow" in a recent interview.
Talking to USA Today about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's attendance at Saturday's BAFTA event, Deschanel seemed to fret that the downtown L.A. area where the black tie gathering was hosted was too rundown for the regal couple. "I just don't want them to see the worst of L.A.," she reportedly said.
When writer Patt Morrison saw that comment, she accused Deschanel of looking down her nose at the district. "I cannot apologize enough to Ms. Deschanel that in some places the sidewalks do not smell like Jo Malone candles," she wrote. (Reading this prompted me to familiarize myself with Jo Malone candles, which I learned are "the easiest and most evocative way to create a luxurious ambiance.")
The star of Fox's new show "The New Girl" has since fired back in an open letter on her website calling the assertions made in the piece "vile" and "toxic."
According to Deschanel, she told USA Today, “It’s funny they brought royalty here, there is a parking lot with trash around the corner."
The actress writes in her letter, "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 NEVER said that downtown L.A. was the worst of L.A."
CNN checked with USA Today's Claudia Puig to see what she made of the disagreement. Puig said she reviewed her notes and that it appeared Deschanel had indeed been talking about nearby parking lots and not necessarily the whole of downtown L.A. A-ha!
Thank goodness the Royals are back in Britain at a safe remove from this vitriolic battle - they're probably traipsing about a castle, inhaling the luxurious scent of a Jo Malone candle.
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