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 weekend, the international press sent out word that 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, 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 Paltrow explaining. "I feel so proud to be American." Summoning up all her method acting lessons from past tearful acceptance award speeches, Paltrow emoted: "I felt so upset to be completely misconstrued, and I never, ever would have said that."
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 weekend (http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006470.htm), the British newspaper the Guardian quoted 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, 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."