Zooey Deschanel Fires Back At The Los Angeles Times

Jul 15, 2011, 15:05 by Sarah Long

After a Los Angeles Times reporter published an article calling actress Zooey Deschanel a "snobby cow" in response to a comment she made about downtown Los Angeles, the "(500) Days Of Summer" star fired back in a letter on her website.

"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 was basis for a misguided personal attack," wrote Deschanel, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Morrison's July 10 piece was a response to Deschanel's reported remark at a BAFTA event in which she expressed concern that Prince William and Kate Middleton were being treated to "the worst of L.A."

"Ms. Deschanel's remarks are all the more gob-smacking because the success of her 2009 film "(500) Days of Summer" (500) is chiefly thanks to... downtown L.A.," Morrison writes. "Did Ms. Deschanel not look any farther than her trailer door."

Deschanel, a native Angeleno, expressed her shock at Morrison's words, writing that she has always loved downtown L.A., THR reports.

"Let me be clear: the quote from USA Today that you used as the foundation of your piece was taken completely out of context," Deschanel wrote. "I NEVER said that Downtown LA was 'the worst of L.A.'

"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," she wrote.

"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."

Although Morrison did not apologize for her comments, she did write a new piece that took on a gentler tone, noting that Deschanel is "a talented and charming actress."