"It was a stupid joke because it rhymes. In the hands of a responsible journalist, humor and sarcasm will be translated appropriately," the New York Daily News quoted Miller as saying. "It was not meant as disrespectful in any way. In England, we have great rhyming slang, and everyone spends their day rhyming. But for all the trouble that comment caused, there were many people who were supportive," she added.
However, co-actor Peter Sarsgaard defended Miller, as he stated that her words were unnecessarily made the subject of controversy. "If I said that, no one would've cared. But a pretty British girl says it, and everyone is ready to pounce, I've said crap like that. I'm from St. Louis. You know what I've said about St. Louis?!" Peter said. "Nooo! All wonderful things. You can like a place and dis it at the same time. Take NYC. There's garbage in the streets. What other city does that?" Peter added.