Variety Magazine reports that Reese Witherspoon and her husband James Toth were both taken into custody after he was suspected of drunk driving which resulted in the police also taking in Reese for disobeying the arresting officer and getting out of the car.
You can read the whole story here, but I just want to state how disappointed I am in this. Everyone makes mistakes, but this one came at a very inopportune parenting moment in my household.
In a sea of celebrities screwing up (that my girls use to admire), I always felt very comfortable in using Reece Witherspoon as an example of class and often contrasted her behavior with Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes.
We happened to be having a deep discussion revolved around drinking/drug use, etc. I actually said that most individuals who abuse alcohol or drugs or even GET ARRESTED for stupid things, must not be happy with their life.
They see these celebrities living charmed lives, and wonder why they would choose to do something stupid when they have so much to lose. I don't live in their world, but I have a hard time explaining it as well.
I have to admit that I'll defend my own husband and children in almost any circumstance, so I get that she was doing just that for her husband. When I read the headline of disorderly conduct, I assumed it was for Reece fighting with him instead of for him, so I was oddly pleasantly surprised.
It's just sad that they were both in that situation in the first place. She is a role model. Her husband was allegedly drinking and driving and she was fighting that he shouldn't be arrested. According to Variety, she even exclaimed to the arresting officer, "Do you know my name?...You're about to find out who I am."
Just because you're a celebrity and married to a talent agent, it doesn't mean either of you are above the law. I'm just so disappointed.
You might argue that they're real people and shouldn't be put on a pedestal. They should be allowed mistakes. A bad film choice is a mistake. Driving while drinking or being combative with officers isn't a mistake.
The fact is, they have an easier life because of who they are. I also believe 'to whom much is given much is expected.'
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