In a shocking turn of events, a person who is given millions of dollars and lavish praise to look pretty while reading lines and emoting has said something remarkably ignorant, causing many gasps of horror and sending monocles dropping into champagne glasses around the civilized world.
Marion Cotillard, the chick who won the Oscar for playing Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, told a French website in an interview (a year ago, but just getting press due to her new-found fame) that she thinks the US made up the 9/11 attacks.
We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes. Are they burned? They [sic] was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which burnt for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there [in New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed.
How many misinformed statements were contained in just that little snippet? I count 138. For instance, “we see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes?” Really, Marion? Do you exist only in big budget disaster movie plots? She makes it sound like this sort of thing happens all the time. Remember last week when those two airliners crashed into that 100-story office tower in Avignon? That’s right, the fire department came around, hosed it down, and then everyone went out for crÃªpes.
And how about that building in Spain? That was the Windsor building, a 32-floor steel-reinforced concrete building that was consumed in fire back in 2005. In addition to differences in size and building materials (World Trade Center was steel), the two situations also differ in that the Windsor wasn’t hit by any damned airplanes (nor were any nearby buildings). And if you need further convincing, the steel supports in the Windsor did suffer complete collapse. And how did I figure all that out? Well, I did 5 minutes of research. Ta-da!
In case you were worried anyone would take this woman seriously, have no fear. She also said she didn’t believe men landed on the moon (hi Phil! Just when you thought that stupid conspiracy theory was dead!). I have no doubt that in future interviews, Marion will also claim to not believe in mainstream medicine, Oswald singlehandedly killing JFK, and the existence of the platypus.
Thanks to Pete for sending in the tip!
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