Mila Kunis got booed on Kimmel in NY for saying LA has decent pizza: fair?

I haven’t seen Luckiest Girl Alive yet. Peridot read the book and watched it and said it was pretty good. I couldn’t convince my husband to watch it so I’m watching it tonight on my own so Peridot and I can compare notes. I wanted to talk about this interview Mila Kunis did with Jimmy Kimmel to promote it, though. Part of it was because Mila got playfully heckled by the New York audience and she worked it into her segment beautifully. But I also wanted to talk about California pizza.

Jimmy does a group of shows from Brooklyn every year, which gives his staid show a different flavor. Mila kicked things off by telling the huge wardrobe malfunction, which involved her dress and shoes being packed, but nothing else. So she had to borrow a bra and socks and they made underwear out of kids’ leggings. The story set the tone for everything else that happened. Jimmy asked Mila about her New York ties, since she lived there when her family came to America. But when she said she wasn’t from New York, an audience member booed her. It was cheeky and Mila got that, stopped mid-sentence and called it out. She then notified the audience to get ready to boo when she was about to say something considered sacrilegious in New York. When the whole audience booed her, she shouted back at them “I’m wearing children’s underwear for you!” It was during the part when Mila admitted she’d never had pizza in New York and said that California pizza was fine, then confessed that she doesn’t actually like pizza. None of that was received well, as you can imagine.

“Did you have pizza for the first time in New York?”
No I did not have pizza in New York. My dad delivered pizzas growing up… but in LA, so I ate a lot. (Audience boos) That’s mean. It’s perfectly fine pizza, guys. I am wearing children’s underwear for you!

There’s more to this story, just to get another boo, it was Domino’s pizza.

That’s not really pizza. In a pinch it’s fine… even after your dad worked for Domino’s for two years you still like [pizza]?
I hated pizza. I mean I hate pizza. I had it every day for a year. We were so poor that my dad would make us pizza for dinner and he tried really hard to get creative but you can only be so creative. My brother came out of it loving pizza… I’ll choke it down because my kids like pizza my husband likes pizza… But here’s the irony guys: my husband, for our anniversary, got me a pizza oven. He’s always been a prankster.

[From The Jimmy Kimmel Show via YouTube]

I’m Californian born and bred. I’ve eaten pizza in California my whole life. There are places I’d even recommend as good pizzas… to other Californians. I’d never defend our pies if I was anywhere on the East Coast. The fact that Mila grew up on Domino’s and flat out hates pizza, however, explains a lot. I admire her willingness to fall on this sword while sitting on a Brooklyn stage, though. I kind of love battling New York food egos, to be honest. Every time I visit friends in New York, they always take me out for Mexican food. I warn them not to, but they insist their place will be as good as what I can get – in Los Angeles. It never is, but I try to be polite at the time. However, when that same friend comes to visit me, I don’t even ask, I pick them up from the airport and drive them straight to the nearest pizza joint and just watch the life drain from their eyes and they eat their slice. California pizza will never compare to New York pizza, it’s true. Having a sense of humor about it, though, makes up for it a bit. And Mila handled this crowd wonderfully.

I’m glad she also found the humor in Ashton Kutcher giving her a pizza oven for their anniversary. Having a spouse who desperately wants one of those ovens and can’t afford one, I know that’s an awfully expensive joke. And I hope Mila’s aversion to pizza is just about eating it too much as a child and not bringing up tough memories of hardship and not being able to afford food. That would make that “prank” a lot more insensitive.

I admit I saw this interview before I read Kaiser’s post on Mila’s C Magazine interview. I was surprised to hear the woman who once encouraged her own child to push another child back in her own defense take such umbrage to Will Smith defending his wife.

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26 Responses to “Mila Kunis got booed on Kimmel in NY for saying LA has decent pizza: fair?”

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  1. Emmi says:

    Well, I’ve had Pizza in many places. Let me just say, NYC has nothing on Milan. #snobalert LOL

    I just … this is not a good appearance on late night, is it? I just don’t think she’s playing to her strengths here. She seems super hyped and just not funny. I don’t know. There’s something about her I’m not enjoying.

    • helonearth says:

      Yep, this is a hill I will die on – what they serve in New York is American pizza, not even close to the fabulous pizzas I have had in Italy.

      • Fabiola says:

        I’ve had NY pizza and it’s not the best pizza I’ve ever had. I’ve had better in California actually. California is a huge state with many different restaurants that serve different types of pizza.

    • Annalise says:

      @FABIOLA- I double your snob alert!! I lived in Rome for 2 years as a child and I will tell anyone willing to listen that the pizza served in my school cafeteria in Rome wipes the floor with ANY American pizza ANYWHERE…..

  2. Southern Fried says:

    California pizza, all those fresh ingredients is the best. Never been a fan of regular pizza but if I’m starving and out voted I’ll eat a piece. I find Mila fairly interesting in spite of her missteps.

  3. bianca says:

    Ive also has pizza in Italy and it is the best. I also like home made pizza. Dominos is kind of bad for sure. I don’t understand why NYC pizza is good maybe I haven’t had it. I had a slice in a few places while in NYC, I guess they aren’t referring to those cheap little places when they’re talking about how good NYC pizza is? The slices were really big and that was nice. Currently my favourite pizza, in Montreal, is this place that does Neapolitan so it’s very thin, pretty white and almost soft. Less dough in each slice so the toppings aren’t blandes out at all. And it’s the smoked salmon and caper one I like, which is not traditional Italian. Going to try to try the nyc pizza at a highly rated place next time!

    • manda says:

      yeah right? I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and we have a Little Italy there and also a fair amount of family run Italian places that make really good pizza. I went to school in NC and had really good pizza there. There was a place near my current home in Maryland, run by an Italian family, that was really good and supposed to be like NYC, but I don’t think that counts as real NYC. One of my freshman roommates lived on Long Island and just raved about NYC pizza all year and I was SOOOOOOO excited to try it bc I LOVE pizza. I visited her the summer after freshman year and was just not that impressed. Maybe I had built it up? I don’t know, but yeah, I think they ARE referring to those cheap little places, and yeah, it’s a big slice and sort of crispy, which I like, but wasn’t the most memorable or fantastic thing ever. I think people just like to be part of something sometimes

    • ReginaGeorge says:

      Some of the best pizzas in NYC come from the smaller mom & pop spots, not the bougie, overpriced places that add a bunch of unnecessary ingredients. I love my NYC slice simple, with a crispy, almost burnt crust, a good heaping of chunky tomato sauce and a generous amount of cheese.

  4. Susan says:

    My husband is from Jersey and has GREAT GREAT PASSION about “New Jersey” pizza, with the pizza sauce especially, the specific tomatoes used and the water used in the crust creation (something about salt water?). Is this the same as New York Pizza? Is that what this is all about? I’m from the south and possess no pizza passion, its all kind of the same to me. Am I about to get banned from Celebitchy for trash talking pizza? LOL.

    • Psudohnihm says:

      I’m from the Deep South (G-Nola area) and you’re right, there really isn’t a passion for pizza down here.
      I mean, I don’t really like it either. Give me a good po-boy any day over pizza.

    • DK says:

      LOL I’m from NJ and feel that way very strongly about bagels: the Jersey water – specifically, north Jersey, south Jersey bagels are NOT the same thing – makes them the best, and even NYC’s best bagel shops do not compare.

      That said, I do love NY pizza (as @ReginaGeorge said above, I’m talking specifically about mom & pop pizza shops, not the big brands nor the fancy/hipster places). But yes, my favorite pizza places are in NJ.

      And I’ve never thought about it possibly being due to the water, despite knowing that’s what makes the bagels so unique. So thank you for sharing that perspective!

      I’ve lived in CA for the last 20 years and can confirm no pizza out here comes close. I love pizza in general though, so I just think of West Coast pizza as a different category of pizza? I try not to compare it with NJ/NY pizza anymore, since I can’t quit pizza entirely. But I don’t even try bagels out here anymore – too disappointing. And Hecate speaks the truth about LA Mexican food vs. NY, for sure.

    • Becks1 says:

      My husband’s from NW Jersey and yes, he’s a pizza snob and yes, apparently it is not just the technique but something about the water. But we have a few pizza places near me where the owners are from Brooklyn so he likes their pizza LOL.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      Jersey born and bred and yes IT IS THE WATER. for the pizza crust and bagels, you need the right water.

      I know of a bagel joint in SC and one in CA that both legit IMPORT THEIR WATER.

      PS NJ was voted best pizza in the US. BETTER THAN NY. CHOKE ON IT, NYC. lol

      now…if you’re talking toppings, I could see that Cali would be great for fresh veggie toppings. but that crust? nah.

  5. C says:

    People turning up their noses at NYC pizza stating it’s not “authentic” is something I take objection to because, no, it’s not, because that’s what immigrant culture is sometimes – it evolves into something else. NYC pizza is in its own category and is delicious; comparing it to the cuisine of a country it’s not even served in is an unfair comparison.

    I’m an equal opportunity pizza lover so I love pizza anywhere everywhere, and if that’s the stance she had taken I wouldn’t be wrinkling my nose right now, but never tasting NYC pizza and lauding LA pizza while stating you don’t like pizza (well, and adding on to all the other stuff she annoys me for)? Ma’am, take a shower and be quiet please.

  6. ME says:

    Best pizza I’ve ever eaten was in Canada !

  7. Ann says:

    I’ve had pizza in NYC. It was very good pizza but it didn’t blow my socks off. I would have gotten booed in that audience too because I love me some Chicago deep dish.

    On the topic of Mexican food, I live in S. Arizona and one of the best Mexican meals I’ve ever had was in a small town in Illinois that isn’t even on the map. The restaurant was owned by Mexican immigrants and it felt just like having bomb Mexican food at home. The family was so lovely and they were impressed with my Spanish lol

  8. SpankyB says:

    I love all pizzas. California, NY, Chicago, etc. I’ll eat it all. I don’t think they need to be compared, they’re different and that’s fine. One is not better than the other, just different.

  9. the pinger says:

    The Tri State area has the best pizza; it was invented in Italy, but made popular in in NYC, and yea I have been to Italy. I was in the far north in Trentino and pizza was not very popular. To be fair in NYC you cannot find good Californian burrito or similar Cali-Mex food.

  10. Bean says:

    I’m just going to leave this here for the California pizza lovers….

    Cafe Reyes in Pt. Reyes has the best pizza in America. Wood fired pizza oven, flour from Italy, homemade starter, fresh, local CA ingredients. If you get a chance – go try it.

    • Faithmobile says:

      I don’t doubt that SOUTHERN California pizza isn’t great but generalizing the whole state is ignorant. Northern California pizza joints are Neapolitan style and f*cking amazing. Of course you can get mediocre pizza at Domino’s but too but that’s a choice. Our outdoor pizza oven cost $200 and cranks to 900F(we bake our pizzas around 700f) the sourdough pizza dough slow ferments for 72 hours and is light, chewy and lightly fire blistered.

  11. Nia says:

    Jersey Shore girl here! Raised on thin pie. Anything thicker I am a bit picky on. Sicilian, no! Chicago deep dish, what??? That’s pizza? LOL. Can’t wait to go to Italy to eat real pie!

  12. Becks1 says:

    I just don’t get food snobs, of any sort. I love pizza. Not Domino’s, that’s disgusting, lol, but I love all different kinds of pizza. Thick crust, deep dish, NY style, whatever. We have an outdoor pizza oven so we make our own pizza a lot. I like trying different toppings and combinations and am still trying to find the best dough recipe (weirdly Pioneer Woman has a GREAT dough recipe but its not really good for thin crust and its not great for the pizza oven bc its so oily. but its crispy and chewy and delicious.)

    I just don’t get people who are like “omggggg there’s no good pizza anywhere in the world but NYC.” What? of course there is, don’t be stupid. It may not be what you’re used to, you may consider it something else (like you may think of a deep dish pizza as more of a casserole or something) but it can still be good.

    Same with Tex-Mex or Mexican food (different cuisines) – if its good, I’ll eat it. I actually had great Tex Mex at a restaurant in a town in Oklahoma. My city has a fantastic Mexican restaurant. If it’s good, i’ll eat it. Maybe some people don’t think something is especially authentic or whatever, but if its good, who cares?

  13. SeeJanet Ferber says:

    Very fair.

  14. MangoAngelesque says:

    Encouraging a child to push back equates to supporting a grown adult hitting another adult at a work event for a comment?

    No. Be on Team Smith or Team Rock, but be realistic. Kids’ actions aren’t equivalent to adult choices.

  15. e says:

    Chris Bianco the owner of Pizza Bianco was on the recent pizza edition of Chef’s Table of Netflix and his said to have the best pizza in the country and he is in Arizona (although he is originally from NYC).Oh, and he just opened in LA and I’ve been and it is amazing.

    I also think this is also about NYC loving to hate on LA as usual.

  16. Amando says:

    I’m from NY and I tried pizza from LA last year and it was awful. But I’d say most people side with what they know anyway. If I were raised on CA pizza, I’d probably prefer that #shrug