If you’ve tuned into the Internet (or pick your media poison) today, you’ve probably heard about Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth getting arrested over the weekend—he for drunk driving, she for disorderly conduct. The police report alleged America’s sweetheart was blotto and belligerent, telling the arresting officer she didn’t believe him a real cop and asking him “Do you know my name?”
Witherspoon issued an apology this morning, admitting that she “clearly had one drink too many” and was “deeply embarrassed” about the things she said.
“It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse,” it said. “I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am.”
So … okay. But do we believe her? It’s a rhetorical question, of course, but it sparked a lively debate among the Blisstree writers this morning.
Lisa Marie Basile: I’m sad Reese acted meanly.
Carrie Murphy: Haha I dont think she acted meanly. I think she was just drunk.
Lisa: That’s a good point
Carrie: I mean, if you’re that type A, youre gonna get snippy when you’re drunk.
Lisa: It’s probably how we’d all behave.
Carrie: I think its interesting that people criticize celebrities for using their celebrity clout, but i thnk anyone would do the same thing. When i was in high school I almost got arrested once but I was with a girl whose brother was a cop. So she was all “yeah do you know officer brown? he’s my brother.” and bam, not arrested.
Lisa: Haha, yeah, for sure. // It’s natural, I think, and it really takes a moment to pull that sort of language back. // But at the same time, I agree it’s no excuse.
Sam Escobar: Meh, I think being entitled to special treatment despite doing something as dangerous as drunk driving is not chill.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown: Uh-oh, debate!
Sam: I’m a firm believer in non-entitlement!
Carrie: I think it’s funny. I mean, everyone is all OMG Reese, but … it doesnt surprise me at all.
Lisa: I am too, Sam. I do think lots of people would pull that shiz, but some people would hold back.
Sam: I would just shut up. Because it’s the best thing to do, in that situation.
Lisa: It’s definitely shitty of her.
Carrie: I also think its rude for any cop to tell a woman to “sit on her butt.” // She’s not a kindergartener
Lisa: Haha, yeah, well. Atlanta.
Sam: She shouldn’t have acted like a child, then.
Lisa: I lived out there for a while. I love the South, but the whole culture toward women is bizarre.
Sam: I think her attitude just exemplifies how celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and the like believe that being famous should result in special treatment despite doing things that could literally kill somebody. // Granted, Witherspoon only defended that behavior, but still. // It’s childish. And dangerous.
Carrie: But Reese Witherspoon is pretty far from Lindsay Lohan, don’t you think?
Sam: Meh, apparently not. // I would normally say yes though!
Carrie: I mean, yeah her husband should not have drove drunk—Why don’t celebrities just get cabs?
Sam: Right???? They have so much access to car services.
Carrie: ESPECIALLY Lindsay Lohan; why won’t she call a cab?????? Like, girl. this has happened to you MORE THAN ONCE. Hire a car.