Eliza Dushku Slams Daily Mail

In an open letter to The Daily Moan, the Buffy actress lets rip about celebrity autographs

Eliza Dushku doesn’t seem to realise that the Daily Mail ’s motto is Nunquam Permissum Res Invado Via Bonus Moere (“Never let the facts get in the way of a good moan”). She was incensed by a Mail article criticising former Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere for charging $30 a signature at the Fan Expo Canada in Toronto (at which Dushku was also signing) and claiming this meant she must have fallen on hard times.

The article read, “Fan conventions such as these have more of a reputation of attracting actors in the twilight of their careers.”

Dushku’s response is this open letter to the editor of the Mail :

“Editor-in-Chief, the Daily Mail

“Dear Sir,

“I write to you because the piece of your paper that concerns me was anonymous. The piece was 27th August titled “Are times that tough Hayden?” ridiculing and attacking the actor Hayden Panettiere for participating in a Toronto Expo fan gathering where fans are charged money (Oh shock! Oh shame!) in exchange for autographs, signed pictures, and the chance for a bit of face time with their favorite celebrity.

“My dear editor, how does Hayden’s action differ from what you do for much of the content of your “news” paper? There we have celebrities exchanging their name (sometimes willy-nilly, no permission asked), their time, and their pictures in exchange for a bit of publicity for their work. At least the fan shows (such as the current Toronto Expo one) are honest and up front about the exchange. In addition, at these shows both fans and celebrities get some precious small contact with each other as real people. Your paper does not provide that value.

“Yes, you will have to tell me where you think you get off attempting to diminish a young actor who is attempting to reach out to fans in one of the only practical ways provided by the entertainment industry, an industry your paper is a part of and largely dependent on.

“It is particularly shoddy that the author scoffs at Hayden’s lack of “Harry Potter” or “Spiderman” fame while leaving himself unnamed as “Daily Mail Reporter.” Talk about being a parasite! Does Daily Mail Reporter want to shoot down Hayden’s career, just at it’s beginning, and then take a salary for doing so. Seriously, Sir, for shame.

“Eliza Dushku”

And hurrah for her!

Dave Golder
Freelance Writer

Dave is a TV and film journalist who specializes in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He's written books about film posters and post-apocalypses, alongside writing for SFX Magazine for many years.