I’m sorry you did not enjoy your well-paid six months stay in Manchester.
I heard that you found the city ‘grim’ and that all ÃÂ the girls dressed like ‘chavs’. I’m sure that things may look different in your expensive hotel suite as you peer down at the peasants running around in the streets and I am certain that Manchester is quite different from your LA mansion, but with a tiny bit of effort you would have found that the city – like all northern cities – is not ‘unfriendly.’
I am not here to slag you off, that would be pointless. I am just a bit concerned that an obviously intelligent women like you can be so short-sighted and confuse the modern Manchester with the industrial city of its past.
Of course parts of the city are indeed, ‘grim’ but maybe that is because of the inequalities of modern life, where entertainers can get paid a fortune and normal people get nothing. I am sure you know all this and I am sure you are deservedly well paid for your work, as I do recognise your name and your work in indie films which would make me think you would understand a city like Manchester.
I mistakingly had you down as an actress who was bit hipper than the rest, and that, combined with your experiments with drugs in the past, should have made Manchester a city that you should have connected with. You rebelled against stuffiness in your youth and spent six months in a city that doesn’t do stuffiness- surely a perfect coupling!
This letter is not an anti-Chloe letter, I am sure you are a fine woman and have been, hopefully, misquoted. It’s just that I am bit bemused by your comments. This letter not some sort of ‘live in the North, die in the North’ pride thing, but surely a big time actress like you, who spent six months in a big city, would be able to scratch below the surface.
Your claim that it was hard to make friends in Manchester ÃÂ is odd, because for a city of its size it is a friendly place. Maybe you should have come out of your hotel suite more and hung out with normal people at the 40-plus gig venues in town, or all the bars, restuarants and all the other social places where normal people go to. After all, hotel suites can get a bit boring, wherever you are in the world.
It’s a long time since Manchester has been cloth caps and whippets, this is a modern city with a lot going on and with a great history. It was once the most radical city in the world, the world’s first industrial city, a radical city of Karl Marx, suffraggetes and revolution, and an amazing pop culture. Surely there must have been something to interest you?
You would then have noticed that, ÃÂ like most Northern cities in the last ten years, Manchester is hardly ‘grim’, and that all the girls don’t dress like ‘chavs’, whatever dressing like a ‘chav’ is. Is that last statement a touch snobbish? It certainly sounds a bit like Marie Antionette telling the peasants to eat cake – maybe you did not mean it that way.
I see that you complained about the rain as well and, true, it does rain a lot, but with the 21st century heading into a massive drought it leaves the city uniquely placed as some sort of water boom town and surely Chloe you would have had a flunkie holding up your umbrella for you. And who is really that bothered by small droplets of water falling out of the sky? Chloe, could you not look on this as one of the wonders of nature?
Please don’t dismiss a city viewed from cliche and penthouse luxury detachment. Next time you are in the city give us a call and we will show you the real Manchester, just like many Americans have kindly showed me the good things in their cities over the years. It would be like me thinking LA is a wet city because it rained for three days when I was there once and no-one got put of their cars. Fortunately I made a bit more effort and found a great city a long way away from the plastic surgery cliched image of the town.
Thanks for your time Chloe and we still enjoy your film work despite you missing out on so much in our city.