Pauley Perrette: ‘You think my thoughts don’t matter because I’m an actor?’


This weekend produced a lot of emotions for many people. It was hard finding the right avenue to channel those feelings. So a lot of folks were inspired to give a public “atta boy/girl” on social media to the passionate speeches given during the SAG Awards on Sunday night. Among those was NCIS actress Pauley Perrette who sent out this tweet to show her support:

However, as is well known with social media, if you put it out there, no matter how positive, somebody is going to have a problem with it. No sooner had Pauley sent her tweet then she received this response:

Which prompted Pauley to reply:

In addition to ending things with her fiancé last year and still recovering from her traumatic alleged attack, Pauley has, unfortunately had her share of tragedy including her father’s hospitalization and the sudden death of NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg. Clearly this exchange got to her and she tweeted the following:

If you are having trouble reading that, here is what it says:

OK, Let’s do this…
You think my thoughts don’t matter because I’m an actor?
I had thoughts when I worked for a car lot, taco bell, was a bartender,
and worked as a cook assistant in the bottom of a boat in a foot of dirty dish water…
My (VERY REPUBLICAN) dad is in the ER and I’m terrified because
I love him so much, politics don’t stop my daddy love.
I’m his little kid scared to death right now. My dog is in surgery and intense rehab. And I’m scared.
My boss Gary died suddenly and his memorial was today and I miss him and it sux.
Three of my friends died this year 
Does this seem like “CELEBRITY PROBLEMS”?
I live in a sh*tty old house,
Use my paycheck to help others however I can. I don’t own anything of value (except my rescue dogs, who are priceless).
You have been fueled by an illusion of excess. Trumps, Kardashians,
Yes, some celebrities, that money means more than your soul,
but don’t blame me.
I don’t believe in that sh*t. I believe in living simply, being honest, working hard, fighting injustice, and GOD.
But SOMEONE want to play God. But You’re not God.
My loving God, who would NOT be building walls, pulling people off planes, judging and punishing.
You are a power hungry, flawed, narcissist who does not feel that we are all human.
I am totally flawed. But I admit it.
Watching what human beings are going through with this “administration”?
This is NOT my country,
NOT my constitution.
This is NOT about the election, BTW
It’s about what’s happening now.

There were legitimate Republican candidates, in my opinion.
But you chose an insane dictator who just wants to win, and is nuts and doesn’t give a sh*t about you. Just wants to rule the world.
In the great words of Pat Benatar:
“You’re just another notch in his lipstick case”
And from Tears For Fears
“Everybody Wants To Rule The World”

I sure don’t.
But someone should that has a heart and a soul

Obviously this was written from a very desperate place and I can see why with everything she’s gone through coupled with the general feeling of helplessness felt by so many throughout the world. Personally, I wish people wouldn’t lump the Kardashians in with Trump. I’m no fan of the Kardashians and I get that they both derived fame from reality TV but until the Kardashians go against the Geneva Convention, can we please recognize these are two very different issues? To accuse the Kardashians of the same crimes as Trump lessens the seriousness of his crimes.

I really feel for Pauley here. Her response is emotional and she needed to get this off her chest. I’ve written several similar missives over the past year. They start off simple enough but the despair and confusion erupts from inside and I find myself pouring my heart out. As for her conflict with her father – and, I assume, other family members – I get it. Many of us have family members that found justification to vote for Trump. In my case it was cousins, one of whom is my daughter’s godmother.

I hope this brought Pauley some release. Many of us need to find a way to exorcise our feelings. Find your voice, show compassion to those who deserve it and be safe.




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  1. Sixer says:

    If you can’t vent now, when the hell can you?

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Exactly, celebrities are entitled to their opinions just as much as the rest of us and being in the public eye they have a duty to use their platform and speak out as they reach a wider audience than us mere plebs.

      I despair of the twitter trolls.

      PS. I love those DM boots she’s wearing.

      • V4Real says:

        I agree. So sick of people who say celebrities should keep their political views to themselves. They have a right to state their feelings /opinions just like we do. Not all celebs were born rich and some know what it is like to struggle. Plus they have a platform to shout from that will get more attention. So keep shouting Pauley.

      • Sixer says:

        Betti – me too!

        One of the reasons I decided Mr Sixer was a keeper was his dedication to my DMs. He bought me bright brown ones and then re-coated over and over with black polish to customise them.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        @Sixer – now thats dedication and romance 😉

        I love my DM boots and have my eye on their cherry red shoes – thou not sure about the sandals they do.

      • Whatever says:

        Free speech etc….it’s just that some can’t stand Celeb’s’ exploitation of their platform for political influence. Plus they’re not politicians so why am I listening to Benedict cumbersome expert (not) opinion.

      • frisbee says:

        The ‘opposition’ (I’m getting reluctant to refer to these people as given names and have resorted to a variety of swear words) are basically attacking democracy itself – always have done- and the basis of democracy is free speech for everyone regardless of gender, race etc – all the more reason to stand up and speak or shout if you feel like it. There’s always the subtext/rampant sexism aimed at women that it’s ‘unfeminine’ to show anger an attitude that’s as old as the hills and gives all the more reason to vent, get angry and oppose because reasoned argument is clearly not going to work on this lot. We’re basically at war with the enemy within…

      • Shirleygail says:

        DM = Doc Martens? just checking…..:) gh

    • Rose says:

      They really do shove their opinions down our throats. They think that because their faces are seen it makes their myopic opinions matter. For the most part, actors are narcissists. They jump on board what ever “issue” will get them attention.
      Think about it…they went to school…to learn how to act. They are not economists or politician scientists. It is ignorant to believe that we can all get what we want, and the life should be fair. Life is life. Life is hard. And life is not fair. I would love to tell you that life is made of unicorn farts and free health care, but we all know deep down that this is a crock of poop.
      Oh, I am not even talking about any current issues right now. I am only addressing the fact that actors are not known to be the most cerebral of the bunch. Acting like a scientist does not make one a scientist.

      • Missy says:

        So actors are narcissists, love attention and didn’t go to school to talk politics….what’s your opinion on trump? Lol.

        The problem is not that everybody wants life to be perfect and have everything laid at their feet, I think people just want to have their voices heard. just because actors aren’t the most “cerebral” as you put it, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t give their opinions and fight for what they believe in. The least “cerebral” voters won this election, and elected a dumbass who only cares about power and himself. Not the middle class, not the poor, not the people who need help the most, not even the future of his own grandchildren who are doomed to grow up in a world of clinage change deniers and racist, ignorant trolls.

      • frisbee says:

        Regardless of whether or not they are ‘cerebral’ enough for you, the fact remains they are entitled to their opinion just as you are. If you don’t want to listen to those opinions don’t click on the posts, articles etc – pretty simple really.

      • V4Real says:

        Wow Rose, just wow. I can’t believe you even buy the words you just typed. You’re probably not a economists or politician scientists either but here you are shoving your opinion down our throats. If you have something against actors then do as someone suggested don’t click on their articles or listen to them. Go on about your day, problem solved.

      • lizzie says:

        not every celebrity grew up rich in hollywood. more people in LA and NYC are there to escape having mid-western or southern “ideals” shoved down THEIR throats than are born and raised there. our president most certainly was raised in a rich, privileged environment and had his fancy education handed to him after a check was cut where he evidently learned nothing, including how to read. but here we are having to live with his opinions. if you can read a chapter book – you are more qualified to lead the country than our current president so i think anyone from 1st grade to hollywood actor is entitled to share their opinion, which is undoubtedly more nuanced than anything trump says or thinks.

      • swak says:

        So by your statement: “They are not economists or politician scientists.”, then unless any of us are economists or politician scientists, we also should not be commenting. It is called freedom of speech for a reason. Don’t like they are doing it on a forum such as the SAG’s, turn the tv to a different station or off completely. What about Randy Quaid, who put out a pro-Trump statement this past weekend (or so)? Is he allowed to speak freely and no one else is?

      • Shark Bait says:

        Then no average American should be able to tweet or post their opinions on politics incessantly because they aren’t experts??? Hmmmm.
        No one is shoving anything down anyone’s throat.

      • Radley says:

        This comment seems very out of place here given that Pauley is none of the things you described and literally has an educated opinion due to her studies, in which she holds a degree.

        Perhaps address people as individuals and not a collective “thing”? That’s a problematic mindset no matter what group of people you’re referencing.

      • lower-case deb says:

        it’s true that most actors go to acting school to learn how to act, and most of the time their profession on screen is not the profession they studied toward. but isn’t Pauley’s Master’s degree in Criminal Science? or something to do with criminology? i read it somewhere once on a fan wiki type thing, something about celebs who could’ve been working the same job as their on-screen character.

      • Suzy says:

        @ Rose, you sound quite bitter and hateful…
        The bigotry to call all Actors not “cerebral” well i think you try to sound clever, but this type of arrogance is mostly dull-arrogance, non educated People filled with anger and envy, well like Trump.

        People are different, and you don’t know Celebritys/Actors personally, my expirience as an Artist is, that most are highbrow, but i assume that’s not the People you are surrounded with.

        Hypocritically, you don’t appear as educated (european standard) and still you shove your bitter envious-filled opinion down our throats, oh well….

      • Nymeria says:

        Rose, I completely agree. Actors and actresses are well-paid and distanced from the daily grind that the rest of us put up with. They have opinions, but I’ve yet to come across one that wasn’t bloated with self-important ignorance. Why are their opinions worth more than those of others?

        Arrogant, narcissistic gasbags, all of them. I’ve stopped going to the movies or even renting or borrowing movies. I just see smug, rich jerks instead of the characters they play.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        @Nymeria: So how do you feel about some billionaire reality TV star being our president?
        If rich celebrity American citizens get to run for office- no matter how out of touch, dangerous, and narcissistic/sociopathic they are, then it’s only fair for other rich celebrity American citizens to get to share their opinions with the public.
        And there are plenty of people who aren’t celebrities but support Trump for narcissistic/sociopathic reasons.

    • frisbee says:

      @ Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) I have those Cherry Red DM’s! – So comfortable, practical, hard wearing and the colour is lovely….also on sale here and £20 quid cheaper….

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        Oooh thanks – will check it out.

        Comfortable shoes like DMs are the must have footwear of protesters, anarchists and activists. Punk lives on!!!

        *goes off to iTunes to get some Sex Pistols blaring out*

      • frisbee says:

        Don’t forget your Donkey Jacket!

  2. lower-case deb says:

    she looks a bit like Lily Allen in the last picture.
    which reminds me, where is Lily Allen?

    • MunichGirl says:

      She’s protesting against DT:

      Britain’s Trump revolt: Gary Lineker and Lily Allen (of course) join Downing Street demonstrators protesting against President’s UK state visit as thousands march across the country

      • lower-case deb says:

        thank you for this great news! been a while since i heard about her and the first news i hear is an amazing thing! i’m so happy to read that news. she’s always someone i like as a celeb.

        and Gary.

        ohhh be still my heart.

    • Sixer says:

      She’s also getting avalanches of misogynistic abuse. I love the way she handles it.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        You gotta hand it to her, am no fan of hers, but she’s sticking it to them but just getting on with it and refusing to be bullied by them.

      • Sixer says:

        Recent tweet to an MRA troll from her:

        “I know it’s hard for you to grasp but we women are pretty good at multi tasking.I can tweet,cook and deep throat all at the same time #women”

        I almost died laughing!

      • frisbee says:

        She has far more balls than the people attacking her.

      • Sixer says:

        She does! Also, Gary Lineker, who is very funny upsetting the settled football community’s support for all things yuck. Cuckoo in the nest!

      • lower-case deb says:

        that tweet is aces!
        where can i send her custard cream cookies and bourbons?
        *frankly am obsessed by em they’re god’s gift to a sweet tooth*

  3. Daisy says:

    I get why celebrities speaking about politics irks people. They often don’t se the privilege their massive banke account brings them and end up being massive hypocrites ( like Marty D sending his kids to private school). But this is not like that. This is an extraordinary situation and anyone who has a public voice should not stay silent.

    I’m still shocked about the Muslim ban, especially considering America had a direct role ih some of the wars that made these people refugees.

  4. Maria says:

    most of the actors and celebrities have faced a huge struggle to became famous and have worked shitty jobs and lived in shitty circumstances to get to where they are, which often ends up being a twist of fate and just a bit of luck that separates you from tons of other hopeful actors/musicians/dancers. To say that they do not understand the challenges of middle class is very narrowminded.

    • Daisy says:

      Some od them did. But a lot of them, especially in recent years, have come from super rich backgrounds.

      • Aiobhan Targaryen says:

        Which has nothing to do with Pauley because she is not one of those nepotism hires? She worked several jobs while she was learning to act and got small jobs and then finally lucked out on getting NCIS.

      • Suzy says:

        ..Pauley is one of the good ones, and deserve all the success she can get, because she worked hard for her dream job, i deeply respect that!

    • Suzy says:

      @ Maria, This!

      @ Daisy, well i recocnised that too, glad i’m not the only one who see’s it…
      Not only the Super Rich Kids, Celebrity Kids too, that’s the worst in my Eyes, that’s why we have a ton of forgettable Movies, bc it’s mostly not about talent, it’s about Instagram and Name…
      All the talented Artists who are really Working hard to break through, and will never get a chance, all the young Models, interesting looking Models, who never get a chance, because Dead Eyed Brats like lily Depp, Kartrashins and the other dead eyed sisters get all the Jobs, boring.
      Now Backhams Boy want to be a Photographer and is getting Jobs, because of his Name, def. not his “Talent”…and so on..

  5. QueenEllisabet says:

    her net worth is $16 million….

    • Aiobhan Targaryen says:

      And? So what? She worked hard her adult life to get to this point. She even says that she started at the bottom and worked her way up. Nothing was handed to her.

      • QueenEllisabet says:

        yes but her little rant is trying to make her out to be some poor working actor. I live in a shitty house..etc…
        just saying.

      • Aiobhan Targaryen says:

        You aren’t really saying much of anything at all. No, she is not trying to make herself out to be some poor working actor.

        “You have been fueled by an illusion of excess. Trumps, Kardashians,
        Yes, some celebrities, that money means more than your soul,
        but don’t blame me. I don’t believe in that sh*t. I believe in living simply, being honest, working hard, fighting injustice, and GOD.”

        She is trying to articulate that money does not matter to her and that she is not materialistic, which is what that Pauley’s critic was hinting at. Her critic is trying to lump her into what she thinks is a Hollywood elite liberal who does not understand what it is to be poor or struggling. Pauley clearly stated that she does know what it is like to live like that.

      • Suzy says:

        Alot of Artists who had the luck to succeed, had to go through a lot of shit, some here could never imagine.
        How about Trumps Fortune, what is he giving away to charity???
        Where is his tax statement, this is what you questioning @ QueenEllisabet !

      • Suzy says:

        …this is what you should questioning….

        sorry typing error

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      Someone is welcome to correct me if I’m wrong, but ‘net worth’ is NOT what she has sitting in the bank right now. That figure is probably what she has made as an actor over the course of her career (at the very least her income from her tenure on NCIS). Things like property and assets are also often figured into a person’s ‘net worth.’ So, if she donates a large bulk of her income to charities, or lives frugally so she can have a comfortable retirement account, perhaps supports her parents, and not to mention having to live in an expensive area due to proximity to work, she could very well be ‘not rich.’
      You would also probably be surprised how not wealthy many celebrities are–hence the need for some of them to constantly shill products, show up to events, etc. Owning property in LA/NY ain’t cheap. Paying managers, agents, financial advisors, stylists, etc can be exhorbitant. It’s a cycle of having to spend money to keep yourself relevant and keep moving from paycheck to paycheck. Yeah, the majority are better off than your average joe, but your average joe often has a lot more job security than most working actors.

      • Suzy says:

        100% THIS !

        Alot of smoke and mirrors in HW, it’s not all shiny like it seems, and nobody really knows what exactly who has in $, in this case it’s dull to believe the Internet…

  6. Danielle says:

    Well, and if you don’t want to hear an actors opinion on things, don’t follow them on twitter. Don’t click articles about them. It’s really pretty simple. They can share, I don’t have to listen if I don’t want.

    • SusanneToo says:

      That seems to be a concept many can’t grasp. They decry celebrities having opinions they don’t agree with, but they just can’t resist following celebrities.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Right. I also SMH at commenters going on blogs (that provide free entertainment) and telling the bloggers what to write or not write about because they don’t like the topic/celebrity. I’m like where’s the gun to your head making you click on the article? Just navigate away. Sheesh.

  7. Snowflake says:

    Those people saying they don’t get it, etc, are just people who don’t want them to say their opposing opinion.

  8. Insomniac says:

    Anyone who voted for Trump needs to quit whining about celebrities voicing their political opinions, seeing as they’re the ones who put a completely unqualified celebrity in the damn White House.

    And while I don’t think a celebrity’s opinion counts for more than mine, they’ve still got the right to express them. Even Scott Baio, LOL.

    • Elle R. says:

      Not just Trump – Reagan, Schwarzenegger, even that Real Word guy who is (was?) a congressman from Wisconsin.

    • Suzy says:

      They have the same right like we all.
      We are all Humans/Citiziens with the freedom to express our Opinion…

  9. Shark Bait says:

    The twitter timeline of the person who tweeted her is….. something.
    Sheriff David Clarke- check, Tomi Lahren- check, Mike Huckabee- check, Fox News- check, Scott Presler- check, Amiri King- check, Amy Mek (who I’m not fully convinced is a real person)-check, and Trump himself.
    If you have ever had a deplorable tweet you (as I have) you will find all these people on their timelines as well. Who is living in a bubble exactly?

  10. Shark Bait says:

    I don’t really care if a celebrity is worth millions of dollars but still wants to give their opinion on current events. Plenty of regular folks tweet out of post to facebook their opinions on these things every single day. Celebs just reach a much bigger audience.
    The only thing I cannot stand is when celebrities try to lecture the plebes but are woefully out of touch. Gwenyth is someone who comes to mind. Sort of like the who Marie Antionette let them eat cake fable. I know that wasn’t real, but some celebrities do paint that picture. Honestly Gwenyth is the biggest one who comes to mind. Maybe Leo and Cameron Diaz as well.

  11. Radley says:

    Honestly, I think celeb hate is generated from raw jealousy a lot of the time. Then people try to paper over it with excuses. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. And then we can all argue about it. But trying to shut people up is exactly what Trump and Co. are trying to do and it’s wrong.

  12. Angel82 says:

    I love NCIS and I love her. Go Pauley!!!

  13. Turtle says:

    I adore Pauley. I’ve met her a couple of times. She is a huge supporter of the LGBTQ community and pours a ton of money into her church and their charitable causes, including women/children’s shelters. She does boots-on-the-ground work and doesn’t curry publicity at ALL. It says something about her character that, even in that emotional open letter, she didn’t list all of the stuff she does behind the scenes.

    But I think what sets people off is that Pauley has OPTIONS. She is making (at least) a million a year on “NCIS.” Her royalties alone for that show could support her for years. I think where the anger and frustration comes from with some of the social media backlash is that celebrities have options. She gets 24 huge checks a year for 24 episodes of “NCIS” plus royalty checks. She has options. No hate for Pauley, but, like a lot of celebs, she is not struggling like a lot of people and sometimes she forgets that.

  14. Lia says:

    They matter to you, Pauley, not to me. Because you act for a living doesn’t mean we should all gather ’round and listen with baited breath to what you have to say. You work for me. Actors are trick ponies who perform for the people who buy the tickets to watch. What you say, simply because you are a celebrity, will be of no importance to me. When we reach that understanding, all will be well.

    • Elle R. says:

      No one is saying you have to listen to her. Just like no one has to listen to you. The point is that they are allowed – just as any other person in this country – to state their opinions. That they act for a living doesn’t make their opinion less valuable than anyone else’s.

      I defend her right to speak her mind same as I will defend your right to state yours.

      • Suzy says:

        People in other countries have opinions too, and are allowed to, you know, the USA is not the World.

  15. hogtowngooner says:

    Celebrities are taxpayers too, even the non-American citizen ones who work in the US. They have as much right as any of us to use social media or an actual soapbox to exercise their right to free speech. And spare me with the whole “shoving it down our throats” – they are famous, so they have a bigger platform than you. You can hate that all you want, but it won’t stop being true.

    And I guess no one batted an eye when Chachi took the stage at the RNC? I guess celebrities’ opinions only matter when you agree with them,

  16. lyla says:

    I find it hilarious that people tell celebrities to shut up about politics, but they voted for a reality show host. smh.

  17. K says:

    I really like your role as Abby on NCIS. I enjoy reading your posts and that you make a whole lot of sensemble in what you feel and how you say what you mean. You Go Girl! If I had one wish it would be to meet you in person. 🙂

  18. Emily says:

    This women is a dangerous lunatic. Stop falling for her nonsense.

    • Insomniac says:

      The guy occupying the White House is the dangerous lunatic, and unlike Pauley, he’s got actual political power.

  19. PaulY says:

    Man, the Trump troop sure is in hyperactive defense mode on this. How any self-respecting woman, minority, non-Christian, LGBT, or otherwise “other” person can in any way defend his actions is beyond me.

    With that said, I’m thoroughly enjoying all of the political posts here as of late because all your ladies’ shared knowledge and logic helps me stay on top of what’s really going on behind the scenes and be better prepared to take on any and all Trump supporters I encounter, whether online, in real life, or even (sadly) within my own extended family. For that, I just wanted to say, thanks!

    • SusanneToo says:

      It’s really hilarious how all the pompous, puffed up posters go on about how they don’t give a damn about what celebrities say, but here they are, visiting a CELEBRITY SITE. Hypocrisy on parade.

  20. robyn says:

    I loved what this woman had to say. She poured her heart out and I can relate to much of what she is feeling. Even though I am not a “celebrity”, we are both human and we both have a right to speak out. She is brave because she used her real identity unlike the anonymous here.