After the official briefing, when some of its participants fielded questions in smaller groups, Garofalo's exasperation became more evident.
"Celebrity bashing has become a way the media have manipulated the debate on the war," she told the reporters around her in a quickening voice. "I have had death threats because of this, there are Web sites that say I should be shot in the head — but you never cover that. Instead of discussing the New York peace protest, we got news about how two police horses were hurt, how delighted Saddam was, and how the demonstration cost the city $5 million."
Garofalo, of course, was discovering that there is no place on that sawdust floor for stars with political opinions, and that celebrity activism rates as a more serious sin than gluttony.
Anna Nicole Smith was at least in no danger of becoming a pundit's piñata. At the Abbey I'd asked her what she planned to do with her proclamation.
"I'm going to take it home and hang it on a wall," Smith said in her faraway voice. "I feel like a person now."