Patty Hearst has a message for folks who are worried about terrorist attacks: Stop wringing your hands, people!

"I was kidnapped by terrorists. It's not like I'm numb to this and think it can't happen. But get real!" Hearst admonished. "There's so much weeping and wailing and memorializing, my feeling is it'd be a lot healthier if people didn't externalize so much and kind of bucked up a little bit."

The 51-year-old media heiress was famously abducted by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, then served 21 months in prison for bank robbery and was pardoned by Bill Clinton.

"What good is our government if they can't keep our level of fear at a point where we can think about what's really going on?" she told Lowdown. "We are a nation with the most frightened people on the planet. People who come over here just laugh at us."

Hearst - who today lives a quiet life in Connecticut with her bodyguard-turned-husband, Bernard Shaw - confided: "It's better to have a lower profile."

The tabloid celebrity culture "has reached a ludicrous level," she added. "How many times can you look up someone's skirt and think it's fascinating? 'Look, they're pumping their own gas!' We had a subscription to one magazine, which I won't name - I just had to call up and cancel it because there were 18 pages of people scratching their a- or licking their fingers or blowing their noses."

Hearst is hyping her Oct. 19 guest appearance on the Sci Fi Channel's animated series "Tripping the Rift," in which she voices a former stripper. "I've always wanted to be a cartoon character," she admitted. "I've practically been reduced to that in real life."