An Open Letter to Los Angeles Times writer Patt MorrissonZooey Deschanel

This is an open letter in response to a piece entitled Downtown LA: Good enough for the royals, but not for Zooey Deschanel?, written by columnist Patt Morrison, which appeared in the publication on July 10, 2011.

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

  • Michael Lee Elmendorf

    the last thing you are, is a cow haha. You are the oppose of cow. More like a fawn, with a bite ha What a great response haha. I just realized I read this from start to end. Even with things i really love, I usually stop 3/4. It was gripping, dramatic, and funny haha. BTW, I love downtown too. Its so cool now. I wish I could afford a downtown loft, just to chill. you are a genious

  • Megan Scott

    brilliant :’)

  • David Yagol

    A cow is a sacred animal. A beast to be worshipped.

  • Liz Baidoo

    The best part is that the LA Times quotes USA Today? Really? Really? I also love when “reporters” attribute facts to TMZ, US Weekly and Star Magazine. Good luck with your new show.

  • Andrea Maramara

    that’s my girl…. Nojoda…. i love this letter!!!!

  • Toby Idler

    Slandering people like you is a risky business Zooey. And you just proved why.
    That journalist will be answering some sharp questions I would hope.
    To do with ‘facts’ and ‘checking’

  • Trey Ellerbee

    Gosh Zooey, you really are a cow. I mean the nerve you must have. Walking around eating grass like you own the place! moooo this woman! You rocked in Eulogy!

  • Randy Boback

    Wow! First for a reporter to resort to name calling, it means that they know their argument can’t hold up on it’s own, and they are just looking for the cheap pop. Shame on the Times for even letting this get through their editorial staff.

    Next, I’ve been a fan since my wife made me watch Elf (now maybe 12 to 15 times and counting!) I’ve always been impressed by how broad your talent base seemed.

    But before writing this I followed a link mentioned above to a promo for 500 days where you talked about LA with Joseph Gordon Levitt and hear you talk about LA and the upper west side. Now I’m even more impressed. The fact that someone from Holywood other than Michael J Fox, Jim Carrey or one of the SCTV alum even know that there is still a French Canadian Successionist movement is just one more thing that makes me appreciate you. OK with a name like Deschanel you might have a vested self interest in all things French, but it also shows that you are an educated, well read, and by the content of the above letter, very well spoken and extreamly well mannered woman. (I’d have used a few colourful French descriptive phrases personally!)

    I wish you nothing but the best, and to the author of the piece of fiction, I can’t wait to read her future articles about the local pie eating contest in South Central… (or maybe its a crow eating contest?? ;-) ) Take care and looking forward to your new show.

  • Alison Latimer

    If you could actually inspire me any more, you just did. You are AMAZING!!! Oh, and btw, I LOVE hooping too!! I only started about 5 months ago, but it is so wonderful!! :D

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  • Paris Puig

    Zooey, you are one classy lady. Your response was very elegant in a Jane Austen style. I’m so happy that Claudia Puig was able to clear things up a bit. And well, since that is my last name too, I know she is an intelligent women. Don’t let such juvenile name calling get you down. “woke up this morning t’was another lovely day”.

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  • Rachel Valentino

    Wow, good on you girl! You got your point across in a polite, clear and articulate manner without lowering yourself to the level of Ms. Morrison and using inappropriate name calling.
    What audacity she has to call herself a journalist!! Anyone in that profession worth their salt would at the very LEAST check the facts before writing a piece based on a sample of gossip! Honestly, she should be very, very ashamed of herself!

  • Megan Younce

    A+! Such a great, classy, response to a rude, unclassy article! Well done Zooey!

  • Lisa Marie Rowe

    You tell her! :o)

  • Jeni Towlerton

    much like everything you do..I find this AWESOME!!!

  • Iliyan Conev

    I’m laughing after reading Patt’s-WIKI short biography:

  • Iliyan Conev

    The truth and only the truth about Zoey: Very honest and open letter

  • Ana Herco

    I’m so proud of you, Zooey!!

  • Glenn Sherman

    Well, Zooey, welcome to Sarah Palin’s world. Welcome Michelle Bachman’s world. Welcome to Fox News’ world. Welcome to the world of ad hominem attacks. Name-calling is part and parcel of what the press (and many of your fellow celebrities) revert to when logic and thoughtful dissenting discourse is exhausted. However there is a twist. Now, pretty much people skip any pretense of logic or discourse and jump right to name-calling and cursing and lying about opponents. They besmirch others’ very existence and subsequent to that destroying their opinions is a simple matter “See? She’s a cow. How can her opinion be of any value or validity?” Welcome to the Tea Party, my friend.

    BTW: Best of luck with your new TV show! I’ve always just adored your work. Never a lemon in the bunch.

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