Reese Witherspoon may be spending too much time with her pet donkeys. Her asinine behavior after her husband was stopped by an Atlanta police officer last week suggests that ticking beneath the "Devil's Knot" star's sugar and spice exterior is the heart of a spoiled Hollywood diva.
When her husband was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the "Mud" actress tried to intimidate the cop by asking him if he knew who she was. According to the police report, she said, "You're about to find out who I am. . . . You're going to be on national news."
Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct and her downcast mug shot has gone viral on the web.
Yet its hard to say whether the girl next door shtick has always been a cynical strategy to set her apart from other actresses or her descent into diva-hood was the inevitable result of being doted on by adoring fans and fawning assistants for so many years. Either way, Witherspoon found out that trying to trump a cop's authority by saying you're an actress does not work outside of Hollywood.
The "Walk the Line" star's arrogance was not only ineffective, it also hit a sour note among many celebrity observers. Despite her speedy public apology, tweeters and bloggers had a field day mocking the "Mud" star.
"Bless Reese Witherspoon's heart. #SweetHomeAlabamaNot," snipped one tweeter.
Another asked rhetorically, "Wait a second, @RWitherspoon feels entitled because she is famous? Weird...."
A blogger for Celebitchy did not mince words when she described the "Water for Elephants" actress as "a drunk, mouthy redneck."
Even the late night comedians joined in the Reese-stomping stampede. Jimmy Kimmel made fun of the actress, joking, "The police report says she asked the cop 'Do you know my name? You're about to find out who I am.' Does that ever work? 'Do you know who I am?' is second only to 'Do you know who my father is? It's a bad question because the answer is either 'no' -- which is embarrassing -- or 'yes, and you're going to jail,'" while Jay Leno quipped, "In other news, we were gonna have Reese Witherspoon on the show tonight, but she got booked elsewhere."
For years the Louisiana native has carefully cultivated a reputation as a wholesome, church-going woman who just happened to be an A-list actress in her spare time. She once said of being a mother, "I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes just before I go to an awards show just so I know to keep it real."
Witherspoon's respectability was even rumored to earn her BFF status with the former Kate Middleton in 2011 after the two met when the newlywed Duchess of Cambridge visited Southern California with Prince Wills. As she related to Ellen DeGeneres on the latter's chat show, she was nervous about meeting the royal and tried on six outfits before deciding on what to wear. She told the comedienne, "Whenever I am super excited about things, my husband calls it the double barrel. That's when I smile so big I look like a child ... I was so excited to meet her. Y'all, she's a princess."
So is the real Reese Witherspoon the humble housewife who felt privileged to meet a princess or a Hollywood prima donna who is a princess in her own mind? Though she implied her behavior was affected by alcohol, we wonder if people really morph into someone else after a few drinks or whether alcohol reveals who they really are.
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