I'm about 72 hours late to the topic, but it's nevertheless still relevant.
Reese Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth, were pulled over last weekend. Apparently he was at the wheel and swerved, leading an officer to pull him over for drunk driving suspicion. As he was being questioned, tested and arrested, Reese apparently grew agitated. She allegedly told the police officer that she didn't believe he was a real police officer, and asked the officer "Do you know my name? You're about to find out who I am".
After the arrests were made public, she released a statement:
"Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. 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. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."
I will admit that I was disappointed when I heard the news. Reese always seemed like such a "good girl"juxtaposed against tragic Hollywood types like Lindsey Lohan and the Kardashians. She seems like a golden girl, a genuinely nice and responsible person.
I understand that people make mistakes - even genuinely nice and responsible ones. I can very quickly "forgive" her for what she said after having a drink too many - I've definitely said things I regretted (both when aided by booze and when stone cold sober)! The thing I am having a harder time getting over, though, is the fact that her husband blew a .139. He was significantly over the legal limit, and they both still thought it was a good idea for him to drive a car. That's inexcusable. Call a cab or - you got $20 mil on your last film - hire a driver. Drinking and driving is not ok.
I appreciate the fact that Reese quickly owned up to her behavior, as many times celebrities try to skirt the issue and never own up to their mistakes. But though she owned it, I don't think that's nearly enough. If I were her PR team, I'd be suggesting making some big gestures. A gigantic donation to MADD. A PSA against drunk driving, urging people to have taxi numbers pre-programed in their phones. An essay for the Times or Glamour magazine or an appearance on GMA.
I know she's an actress, but like it or not, she's also a role model - and she's capitalized handsomely on that fact. She and her husband modeled some pretty shitty behavior, and I would like to see them model something good.