We got wind of this one from indieWIRE: at Friday night's Tribeca premiere of her new film, The Great New Wonderful, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal stated that she thinks the United States has a partial responsibility for the September 11 attacks. Wonderful portrays an ensemble of New Yorkers dealing with 9/11's psychic fallout; in describing the movie to NY cable station NY1, Gyllenhaal said, "I think America has done reprehensible things and is responsible in some way and so I think the delicacy with which it's dealt [in the film] allows that to sort of creep in."

According to Newsday, these comments sparked a fury of controversy on an unofficial fansite, which percolated over the weekend. By Monday morning, maggie-gyllenhaal.net's sitemaster had posted a news entry titled "Oh God": "I understand people are upset but spamming the site with comments isnt achiveing [sic] anything."

Gyllenhaal issued a statement on Monday, clarifying her original comments but refusing to apologize for the sentiment. "9/11 was a terrible tragedy and of course it goes without saying that I grieve along with every American for everyone who suffered and everyone who died in the catastrophe," the statement read. "But for those of us who were spared, it was also an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world."