No, Gwyneth, you were not mis­quoted

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Michelle Malkin

And the Os­car for Most Dis­hon­est Per­for­mance By a Spoiled Ex­pa­tri­ate Amer­i­can Ac­tress Try­ing to Dig Her­self Out of a Pub­lic Re­la­tions Hole goes to . . . Gwyneth Pal­trow.

Over the Dec. 2-3 week­end, the in­ter­na­tional press sent out word that Ms. Pal­trow had trashed her na­tive coun­try dur­ing a press event in Spain.

“I love the English lifestyle, it’s not as cap­i­tal­is­tic as Amer­ica. Peo­ple don’t talk about work and money, they talk about in­ter­est­ing things at din­ner,” the Shal­low Gal was quoted as telling NS, the week­end mag­a­zine sup­ple­ment of daily Por­tuguese news­pa­per Diario de Noti­cias. “I like liv­ing here be­cause I don’t fit into the bad side of Amer­i­can psy­chol­ogy. The Bri­tish are much more in­tel­li­gent and civ­i­lized than the Amer­i­cans,” the 34-year-old re­port­edly mused.

Af­ter cre­at­ing a global furor, Ms. Pal­trow crawled to Peo­ple mag­a­zine for help in cov­er­ing her scrawny in­tel­lec­tual as­sets. The pub­li­ca­tion’s web­site claimed the ac­tress was mis­quoted and that she would neeeeever say any­thing neg­a­tive about Amer­ica.

“First of all I feel so lucky to be Amer­i­can. When you look at the rest of the world, we’re so lucky, and that’s some­thing my dad al­ways in­stilled in me,” Peo­ple quoted Ms. Pal­trow ex­plain­ing. “I feel so proud to be Amer­i­can.” Sum­mon­ing up all her method act­ing lessons from past tear­ful ac­cep­tance award speeches, Ms. Pal­trow emoted: “I felt so up­set to be com­pletely mis­con­strued, and I never, ever would have said that.” Never, ever? The oh-so-wronged ac­tress has, in fact, been recit­ing from an un­am­bigu­ous anti-Amer­i­can script for years.

In Jan­uary 2006, as I noted on my blog over the Dec. 2-3 week­end (http://michelle­ archives/ 006470.htm), the Bri­tish news­pa­per the Guardian quoted Ms. Pal­trow snub­bing Amer­ica in nearly iden­ti­cal lan­guage. Same old, same old:

“I love the English way, which is not as cap­i­tal­is­tic as it is in Amer­ica. Peo­ple don’t talk about work and money; they talk about in­ter­est­ing things at din­ner par­ties. I like liv­ing here be­cause I don’t tap into the bad side of Amer­i­can psy­chol­ogy, which is ‘I’m not achiev­ing enough, I’m not mak­ing enough, I’m not at the top of the pile.’”

In Fe­bru­ary 2006, Ms. Pal­trow was quoted in Bri­tain’s Star mag­a­zine again dis­parag­ing Amer­i­can in­tel­lect and deco­rum: “Brits are far more in­tel­li­gent and civilised than Amer­i­cans. I love the fact that you can hail a taxi and just pick up your pram and put it in the back of the cab with­out hav­ing to col­lapse it. I love the parks and places I go for din­ner and my friends.”

In 2005, she was quoted on the New York Post’s Page Six: “I’ve al­ways been drawn to Europe. Amer­ica is such a young coun­try, with an ado­les­cent swag­ger about it. But I feel that I have a more Euro­pean sen­si­bil­ity, a greater re­spect for the mul­ti­cul­tural na­ture of the globe.” She was also quoted that year ex­plain­ing her de­ci­sion to move to Lon­don to the New York Daily News: “I just had a baby and thought, ‘I don’t want to live there.’” In­ter­na­tional press re­ports had her de­rid­ing “Bush’s anti-en­vi­ron­ment, pro-war poli­cies” as ei­ther a “dis­grace” or a “dis­as­ter.”

In Jan­uary 2004, Ms. Pal­trow was quoted in the pages of Bri­tain’s Glam­our mag­a­zine declar­ing that Amer­ica was “too weird” be­cause of its overt dis­plays of pa­tri­o­tism. “At the mo­ment there’s a weird, over-pa­tri­otic at­mos­phere over there, like, ‘We’re num­ber one and the rest of the world doesn’t mat­ter.’” (She much prefers the din­ner chat­ter of wealthy Bri­tish hubby and Coldplay mu­si­cian Chris Martin, who has pro­claimed share­hold­ers as “the great evil of this mod­ern world” and who ranted at a Bri­tish awards show that “We’re all go­ing to die when Ge­orge Bush has his way.”)

In 2003, the Scot­tish Daily Record of Glas­gow quoted Ms. Pal­trow trash­ing Amer­ica’s pres­i­dent over­seas: “I think Bush is such an em­bar­rass­ment to Amer­ica. He doesn’t take the rest of the world at all into con­sid­er­a­tion. It all seems to be for him and his friends to keep get­ting richer at the ex­pense of a na­tion, at the ex­pense of the en­vi­ron­ment. It’s like a full-scale as­sault.” (No com­ment from Ms. Pal­trow about her own Mercedes Benz SUV gas-guz­zling as­saults on Amer­i­can roads and her mul­ti­ple gi­nor­mous man­sion-own­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the na­tion’s eco­catas­tro­phe.)

Ms. Pal­trow blames the latest brouhaha on a mis­un­der­stand­ing of her “sev­enth-grade Span­ish.” Un­for­tu­nately for you, dear, your English is per­fect.

Michelle Malkin is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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