Jessica Alba defends her intelligence

January 27th, 2009 // 188 Comments

Jessica Alba took to her MySpace blog today to defend telling a TMZ reporter to “Be Sweden … Be neutral” about her feud with Bill O’Reilly. (She called him an “asshole.”) TMZ and Big Bill decided to rip on Jessica for not saying Switzerland until she pulled a little Wikipedia action on their asses:

Hey Guys,
Jay_eh here. I wanted to share with everyone in the ibeatyou and MySpace communities my experiences at the inauguration last week, so I put together a little video.
Before I get to the video, I want to clear some things up that have been bothering me lately. I find it depressing that in the midst of perhaps the most salient time in our country’s history, individuals are taking it upon themselves to encourage negativity and stupidity. Last week, Mr. Bill O’Reilly and some really classy sites (i.e.TMZ) insinuated I was dumb by claiming Sweden was a neutral country. I appreciate the fact that he is a news anchor and that gossip sites are inundated with intelligent reporting, but seriously people…it’s so sad to me that you think the only neutral country during WWII was Switzerland. Check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden_during_World_War_II if you want to see what I was referring to. I appreciate the name calling and the accurate reporting. Keep it up!!
Now on to more important things…like our new President.

TMZ has since apologized, and for the record, I’d like to point I never called Jessica Alba dumb. Everyone here knows I’m a bastion of journalistic research when I’m not making shit up. However, I will call Jessica Alba dumb now for referring to herself as “Jay_eh.” 4 Realz? That’s hella lame. Hella lame.

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  1. justifiable

    #144 Who moved the rock? You obviously can’t add and keep up with much, can you?

  2. justifiable redux

    Great fun, but the above isn’t me either. Any other posts here purporting to me, won’t be.

  3. Anne

    Jessica Alba should just keep her opinions to herself and keep her mouth shut. I swear that every time she says something, it is either offensive or wrong.

  4. karen

    She is smart to have her PR chick write that for her

  5. Paul

    #130- So all of us “Americunts” are clueless gits? You know, problem number 1 in America right now is not so much economics or Guantanamo bay but that our idiots are WAY more vocal than our smart folks. We’re not a nation of backward yokels who don’t know anything about history, but the ones who think they know are really loud. Here’s a couple of things:

    1) Sweden wasn’t neutral in WWII. There’s a subtle but important difference between neutrality and non-agression. And if you look at the strategic situation through the scope of Scandinavian economics and politics at the time, Sweden didn’t have much in the way of a choice to sign the Molotov-Ribbenhof pact. Occupied/hostile countries almost completely surrounded them, heavy anti-shipping patrols blocked the only sea lane out of the Baltic, there was nothing left to do but let the Germans through. Allowing German troops and supplies to travel through the country (grudgingly, if I’m not mistaken) was kinda countered by sheltering Norwegian fugitives (not the least of which was the now-famous rebel operative Max Manus) in my humble opinion. These are not exactly “neutral” behaviors.

    2) Socialism is not going to save America. The only way that Socialism can be implemented in America would be to restrict the enormous amount of economic freedom that American enjoy. Which, you know if you’ve ever tried to tell a greedy person that they have to give you money, won’t go over very well. It may work for your country (I assume you are Swedish), but not for ours.

    3) Socialism is not the same thing as Communism, but most scholars of Marx agree (and I agree with them) that Socialism is a transitional phase on the road to Communism.

    4) To the relevant issue, I am giving Alba the benefit of the doubt by assuming she meant Switzerland. In which case, she misspoke. If she really meant Sweden, she’s not informed.

    5) I don’t know much about this “Swedish Socialism” deal, but I hope to be able to speak a little more authoritively in a couple months, as I’ll be going myself a bit before tourist season kicks off so I can get a better understanding of things. I hope. I say this because I think you should venture over this way and get a better feel for our people. We’re not really as dumb as some of the internet assholes make us look.

  6. Smarterthanyou

    I’ve never heard of this shit before. She probably made that Wiki page herself …

  7. Smarterthanyou

    I’ve never heard of this shit before. She probably made that Wiki page herself … Sweden didn’t have enough of an army to do anything … but their government certainly had an opinion … they were not neutral … she’s dumb … and her kid has a huge head.

    P.S. … I love you Bill O’Reilly … and the superficial writer … can I love both? I can, and I do!

  8. Smarterthanyou

    I’ve never heard of this shit before. She probably made that Wiki page herself … Sweden didn’t have enough of an army to do anything … but their government certainly had an opinion … they were not neutral … she’s dumb … and her kid has a huge head.

    P.S. … I love you Bill O’Reilly … and the superficial writer … can I love both? I can, and I do!

  9. BillyO

    138, are you from Sweden? If so, perhaps you should get involved with the politics – and history – of your country. Sweden is NOT neutral now. 2nd, Sweden has a history of being quite bad ass, before they fell from the ranks of military power. Today, Sweden is a pretty lame country, but it’s cool, they still have hot blond chicks.

  10. MiG

    FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

    In the Oval Office in December 2002, the president met with a few ranking senators and members of the House, both Republicans and Democrats. In those days, there were high hopes that the United States-sponsored ”road map” for the Israelis and Palestinians would be a pathway to peace, and the discussion that wintry day was, in part, about countries providing peacekeeping forces in the region. The problem, everyone agreed, was that a number of European countries, like France and Germany, had armies that were not trusted by either the Israelis or Palestinians. One congressman — the Hungarian-born Tom Lantos, a Democrat from California and the only Holocaust survivor in Congress — mentioned that the Scandinavian countries were viewed more positively. Lantos went on to describe for the president how the Swedish Army might be an ideal candidate to anchor a small peacekeeping force on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Sweden has a well-trained force of about 25,000. The president looked at him appraisingly, several people in the room recall.

    ”I don’t know why you’re talking about Sweden,” Bush said. ”They’re the neutral one. They don’t have an army.”

    Lantos paused, a little shocked, and offered a gentlemanly reply: ”Mr. President, you may have thought that I said Switzerland. They’re the ones that are historically neutral, without an army.” Then Lantos mentioned, in a gracious aside, that the Swiss do have a tough national guard to protect the country in the event of invasion.

    Bush held to his view. ”No, no, it’s Sweden that has no army.”

    The room went silent, until someone changed the subject.

    A few weeks later, members of Congress and their spouses gathered with administration officials and other dignitaries for the White House Christmas party. The president saw Lantos and grabbed him by the shoulder. ”You were right,” he said, with bonhomie. ”Sweden does have an army.”

    SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/magazine/17BUSH.html

    IT SEEMS TO BE PRETTY NORMAL!

  11. eurotrash

    @ 143
    holland = the netherlands u stupid cunt. and seeing as I currently live in holland, and have lived in many other western european countries, the middle east, and the states yea ide say im pretty well informed when it comes to geography. U are right about one thing though, many americans seem to believe that amsterdam is a country…

  12. Me

    @155 America has always had a silent majority. The loud ones are usually hard extremists who have something to prove, while most Americans just want to put food on the table

    2. Fascism has existed America since at least the passing of the Federal Reserve Act

    3. Marxism is but one of many varieties of socialism, including the various types of communism. It has support in the US due to the culture shift towards things like New Age, eco-feminism, the 1960′s “freedom” movement and “poverty chic”

    4. No, she meant Sweden, and I’m pretty sure she knew fully well that the phrase was “be neutral, be Switzerland.” She’s not exactly a military historian but she’s no Kelly Bundy either. Reminds me, in _Be Kind Rewind_ they used the word “Swede” as a verb.

    @161 Holland covers most, but not all of The Netherlands

  13. nene

    come on! it’s obvious she typed the words ‘sweden’ and ‘neutral’ on google and crossed her fingers for a positive result. sweden and switzerland were not the only neutral countries during the second ww. portugal was neutral and so were the u.s., until the japanese bombed pearl harbor. i’m not saying she’s dumb. she’s just trying too hard. face it, you meant switzerland, dear, you made a mistake. now shut up!

  14. eurotrash

    @ 162
    if u wanna get really specific yes Holland is not the official name, the netherlands is. In dutch we say both ‘holland’ and ‘nederland’, and in the original comment I chose to use Holland instead of the netherlands for a reason; namely that most americans ( at least the ones ive met) are more familiar with the term Holland than the netherlands. So, once again, when people say either holland or the netherlands, they mean the same country.

  15. Me

    Really? Then why is there a North and South Holland ?

  16. Sid James

    What’s ‘sad’ about not knowing about Sweden in ww2? Thick bitch.

  17. Jenny Lewis

    Man, that’s sad. Didn’t anyone tell her that Wikipedia.com ISN’T a credible website?
    Its just a whole bunch of people who think they know a lot about one thing. Man I should go on Wikipedia.com and look for Jessica Alba and edit her biography. Under “Personal Life” I’m going to write “Not too smart.”

  18. CURVES-R-BETTER

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  19. CURVES-R-BETTER

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  20. CURVES-R-BETTER

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  21. CURVES-R-BETTER

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  22. CURVES-R-BETTER

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  23. CURVES-R-BETTER

    FUNNY HUNNY IS A STUPID LOOSER

  24. Plato Meat

    @CURVES-R-BETTER

    You should have called yourself CAPITALS-N-ELLIPSES-N-BAD SPELLING-N-USING TEXT SPEAK COS IS KOOL-N-BEING A DOOUCHE-IS-BETER-ER

  25. eurotrash

    @ 165 (you do realise you’re trying to argue with a dutch person right??)

    ‘really? then why is there a north and south holland?’

    those are just names of provinces ok.
    NO ONE here in the netherlands ever thinks of or refers to those two provinces collectively as ‘holland’ (not since the early 1800′s at least), to the dutch they are now just the names of certain parts of the country.

    In any case, that has absolutely nothing to do with what i said before. ill say it one last time; in dutch and in other languages the (entire!) country in question is commonly referred to as both the netherlands and holland. Us dutch folk just think of it as an official name and an unofficial name.
    Despite what wikipedia might have to say about it, it is not an issue. In fact, I am amazed that they make it sound like such a big deal, its kinda like arguing over saying ‘USA’ or ‘america’ ; no one gives a fuck, and everyone knows what country you’re talking about.

  26. Me

    Do you realize that you’re arguing with someone who speaks English natively? In English it’s called The Netherlands, just like how Sverige in English is “Sweden” and not “Sverige.” You have compared Holland/Netherlands to America/USA, which shows that your reasoning is flawed, and that it wouldn’t hurt for you to visit Wikipedia every now and then yourself. By using the word “Holland” when speaking to Americans, you are being cynical and condescending, not to mention a bit hypocritical. Next time you’re better off just using ebonics.

  27. ert

    you’re hella lame dillwad

  28. KoT

    Ahhh, yes … the old “neutral” stance.

    History might overlook your high school dropout statements, Ms. Alba!

  29. Yep, Wiki is such a reliable source to begin with… anyone can add crap to that site.

    Jessica, stick to acting ( or don’t ) but shut up about things you know nothing about.

  30. RTARD

    <176: In English it's called The Netherlands>

    because Holland isn’t an english word now?!

  31. eurotrash

    look em or me or whoever you are,
    you don’t have to take it so personally that I pointed out that you got some misleading information from wikipedia. The fact that you can actually interpret any of this as cynical or condescending is really quite sad and very uneccesary, and you certainly can’t hold me personally responsible for the fact that the netherlands is often called holland in both dutch and english.
    (and I won’t hold it against you for assuming that I’m not a native english speaker because I have a dutch passport… it’s complicated).
    I can see you’re not stupid, so I’m sure you understood that I used the usa/america example just to illustrate how pointless this discussion is from a dutch perspective – and that really there is no need to go into the merit of that example. (and I get what you’re saying with the sweden example, but that one isn’t really comparable to this situation either ;)
    on that note, I declare this discussion over!

  32. Zo

    AAAH! Jessica Alba you suck so hard!

    Why does Obama being elected have anything to do with you?? How is this the most salient time in our history?? What about the Revolution of the US in the freaking first place??

    We’re in the worst economy since the Great Depression, or worse. Our government is huge and obtrusive and making things worse. Obama is inexperienced. How is that salient??? Ugh I hate celebrities.

  33. Tamara

    EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU ARE IDIOTS!

    TMZ put on their sarcasm gloves and typed out this response to her: “She is absolutely correct. Sweden was a neutral country … 60 years ago. We apologize for not considering the political climate of the world in 1942 when we suggested she may have meant, ‘Be Switzerland’ — a country that is currently neutral.”

  34. Paul

    @162, of course. We’ve got more important things to do than post opinions on forums all day long (no offense, everyone)

    2) Fascism is not the same thing as Socialism. Fascism was supposed to be a “Third Way” movement opposed to both Communism and Capitalism.

    3)Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, Stalinism, etc are all forms of Communism, which is quite separate from Socialism. There are similarities, but they are not the same. Marx was the first person to really articulate clearly the ideals of Communism (aside from being a world-class egocentric asshole) most major Communist dictators had the Communist Manifesto on their nightstand.

    4) I’m all for giving people the benefit of the doubt until they say/do something that is completely ridiculous. For an American actress of the 21st century to not completely understand the military/strategic complexities of a minor operation during a period that holds little bearing on her as a person is not particularly surprising. I’m just saying, if you asked her to point out Sweden on a map, I’d bet dollars over kroner that she’ll put her finger down in north-central Europe. I understand it because I appreciate the complexities of the German strategy (before Hitler took over the military planning process from his generals). Such demands are not frequently made of a beautiful woman 70 years later. And Jessica Alba is nothing if not beautiful.

  35. linnie

    hahaha, she quoted wikipedia??? Its not exactly the most accurate site, no offense.

  36. linnie

    hahaha, she quoted wikipedia??? Its not exactly the most accurate site, no offence.

  37. crackdownjr

    this is really late, but I must point out that whoever wrote this report is an idiot for calling Jessica Alba dumb for referring to herself as Jay_eh as that is her username on the ibeatyou.com website

  38. Jessica Alba should just keep their opinions to himself and be quiet. I swear that every time he says something is offensive or false.

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