In addition to her Rolodex of editorial page dilettantes, Arianna Huffington is inviting a host of celebs to blog with her as part of her online effort, the Huffington Post.
But the problem with inviting celebrities to blog is you never know what they’re going to say.
Take Maggie Gyllenhaal, one of many celebs listed as contributors. Last week, on the red carpet for the preem of her film “The Great New Wonderful” the actress opined that the U.S. “is responsible in some way” for the 9/11 attacks.
Gyllenhaal isn’t the first to express the view that U.S. foreign policies bred the kind of hatred that led to the attacks. But the film in which she is starring features stories about people living in New York in the aftermath of 9/11. And the place was the Tribeca Film Festival, which bills itself as a salve for the wound the attacks inflicted on the city.
Four years on, this wound must seem more abstract for the neighborhood’s celeb guests and residents.
Tribeca’s 10013 is the city’s most expensive Zip Code with a $1.6 million median home price, according to Forbes. That’s more expensive than 90210 (Beverly Hills) or 90272 (Pacific Palisades).
Needless to say, Tribeca is not the neighborhood most of the workers in the Twin Towers fled home to that morning. Nevertheless, Gyllenhaal’s publicist came to the rescue, calling the actress “brave” to criticize U.S. policy in such a venue.
Perhaps she’ll help out again when it comes time to opine for the blog.