December 4, 2006

So Gwyneth Paltrow Didn't Say It

So, in news of the last few days, we hear from that Gwyneth Paltrow claimed that "The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans". Fightin' words to some.

Power of the media, and all that.

Today we hear Gwyneth's response in People magazine:

Gwyneth Paltrow is "deeply upset" over stories claiming she made anti-American remarks, and tells PEOPLE exclusively that she never said anything against her native country.

As for where the quotes came from, Paltrow says she did not give an interview to the Portuguese daily newspaper, though she did give a press conference – in Spanish – for an endorsement she did in Spain.
"This is what I said. I said that Europe is a much older culture and there's a difference. I always say in America, people live to work and in Europe, people work to live. There are positives in both," says the actress, adding, "Obviously I need to go back to seventh-grade Spanish!"

Hm. If this type of (to put the best take on it) deeply misconstrued "interpretation" is what we can expect of the media … well, you know.

Although, to be fair, it appears that the original article issues from a Portuguese newspaper.

Good on ya, Gwyneth.

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