April 26, 2005

Maggie Gyllenhaal = New Celebrity Martyr

That's right Dixie Chicks, you're off the hook. Maggie Gyllenhaal (of Secretary and Donnie Darko fame) made the following statements on NY1 while being interviewed about her new film The Great New Wonderful:

I think it allows it to be more complicated than just 'Oh, look at these poor New Yorkers and how hard it was for them,' because I think America has done reprehensible things and is responsible in some way, and so I think the delicacy with which it's dealt with allows that to sort of creep in.

Wow, she sure could have put that better. Still, she is right that U.S. Foreign Policy is a contributing factor in the successful recruiting efforts of terrorist organizations. Here's the thing folks: we do some pretty fucked up things overseas, and we largely do these things to further our economic interest. Many of these things come with a body count attached. Desperate people do desparate things. Still, Maggie Gyllenhaal is fast becoming a pariah. You can read the opinions of all of her persecutors and defenders here. My only advice to Ms. Gyllenhaal is to read this book and remember, "They'll probably never hate you as much as many of them still hate her."


  1. Anonymous8:25 PM

    Great! So instead of spitting in the faces of soldiers overseas she spat in the faces of New Yorkers in their homes. And at a festival dedicated to rebuilding one of the hardest-hit areas as a result of 9/11! She is a totally sweet actress.

    George, while I agree with the 9/11 link to foreign policy, her comments were still horribly timed and despicable given the location and NY1 broadcast.

  2. I'm not saying that she did not lack tact, but to call her comments despicable and a spit in the face is I think to read more malice into them than they actually contain.

    Also, yes, she is a very good actress (although I don't see what her talent has to do with this).

    Finally, if you're going to address me directly by name like that, you should at least sign your comment so that I get the reciprocal ability to address you directly by name.