New Mexico Shows Val Kilmer How the West is Won
Apparently, Val Kilmer is not the best of neighbors. In fact, if you ask them, they are likely to tell you he is a bit of a douche. It seems that Val recently applied for permits to turn his 6,000 acre ranch just outside of Santa Fe into an upscale bed and breakfast and his neighbors protested.
Bet you’re thinking maybe they just didn’t want so much traffic or noise, right? Nope. They just don’t like Val Kilmer. Word travels fast and back in 2003 and 2005, Mr. Kilmer was caught bad mouthing some of the residents of New Mexico county and they didn’t want him to get his way unless he apologized.
“That’s all he has to do, come and apologize,” says Jose Garcia, owner of the neighboring 50-acre horse ranch next to Kilmer’s. “We’re not intimidated by him.”
The star of films such as ‘Batman Forever’, ‘Tombstone’, ‘MacGruber’ and ‘The Doors’ was quoted (he says misquoted) describing the county as “the homicide capital of the Southwest.”
He didn’t stop there, either. In 2003, Kilmer told Rolling Stone Magazine that “80% of the people in my county are drunk.” He also claims that this was a misquote.
In 2005, he was again quoted…or we guess “misquoted” according to Kilmer, in Esquire, saying that he understands Vietnam better than it’s war vets because most of them were “borderline criminal or poor…wretched kids” who wound up in the service because they “got beat up by their dads” or “couldn’t finagle a scholarship.” Ahem…ever heard of a draft, Val?
Last month at a hearing for Kilmer’s permit application, a half-dozen angry locals and veterans showed up to protest the application until an apology was issued from the star. The county attorney, Jesus Lopez, backed them up, too, saying that Kilmer’s quotes were “incendiary” and, even though it happened years ago, Lopez claims they created a “clear and present danger threatening public safety.”
San Miguel County Commission was so taken aback by the outrage that they ruled to postpone the debates. The following day, the planning and zoning director, Alex Tafoya wrote Kilmer’s ranch manager to explain that “your application will remain tabled until Mr. Kilmer appears personally before the Board of County Commisioners”. Later, the commissioners clarified that they were not demanding that Kilmer appear personally, being that that is beyond their legal powers, but did say that it would help his case if he did come in himself.
“It’s a situation that’s pretty volatile,” said David Salazar, the commission chair. “The opportunity is there for him to come and set the record straight.”
Val, if you’re reading this, just apologize, dude!! Everyone knows that the Rolling Stone and Esquire quotes totally make you look like a complete jerk, so just say you’re sorry don’t be a douche anymore. Is that so much to ask? I mean, come on…do you really want to continue making films like freaking ‘MacGruber’ for the rest of your career? Think about it, Val…what would Jim Morrison do?
So what do you think about this? Do you think Val Kilmer was misquoted? Can we no longer trust Rolling Stone? Or do you think that Val Kilmer really is an ass?