Plate-faced actress Gwyneth Paltrow has reacted angrily to reports that she “slammed London”. Er, what? It’s right there in black and white, blondie – unless you’d like to sue Marie Claire US for misquoting you. In a classic display of doublethink, Gwyneth hopes to deflect the criticism she has attracted for her objectionable comments by insisting that her words have been misinterpreted – when it’s actually pretty clear exactly what she thinks. War is peace, hate is love, London is “dirty” and “rubbish” and simultaneously a better place than Bush’s United States to raise a (growing?) family. In fact, says Miss Paltrow:
“The British press are just ridiculous. I’ve never said anything like that. I don’t know where they get off, making up these mean things. But they do.”
Aaah, how about a big group hug for the poor persecuted darling? There, there, that’s better. How dare those nasty journos report something you actually said as though it were fact? How rude! And, one might say, how very English.