07/11/2011 04:37 pm ET | Updated Sep 10, 2011

Zooey Deschanel Fights Back Against Insulting Column And Supposed Anti-LA Remark

It's no secret that esteemed journalist Patt Morrison is a die-hard Angelino--but no one knew to what end. When Morrison got wind of an alleged anti-La La Land slight by the doe-eyed Zooey Deschanel, the gloves came off.

The opening line of the LA Times opinion column yesterday read, "I can't believe Zooey Deschanel is really the snobby cow she came off sounding like Saturday evening."

As a guest of the BAFTA gala, along with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Deschanel worried that the surroundings wouldn't meet their approval. "I just don't want them to see the worst of L.A," the actress said.

Morrison's article straddles the line between love letter and hate letter--outlining Downtown LA's royal-worthy qualities while continually expressing her shock and scorn over Deschanel's comment. "I cannot apologize enough to Ms. Deschanel that in some places, the sidewalks do not smell like Jo Malone candles."

When Deschanel read Morrison's column, the star decided to fight fire with fire and compose a written response on her website. In it, the actress said that her quote was "taken completely out of context" and was supposed to be humorous. Deschanel also bats down a lot of the writer's accusations and proclaims her "love" of Downtown LA.

Deschanel addressed Morrison's biting insult toward the end of her letter, "You also open your piece by calling me a "cow", which might be your opinion, but I wish a journalist for the Los Angeles Times and KPCC had found a more sophisticated way of sharing a difference in perceived opinion."