Reese Witherspoon Deserves Forgiveness But No Excuse For Poor Behavior


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Just like any other human being, Reese Witherspoon deserves forgiveness for her unfortunate tirade.  She appeared on Good Morning America to answer for her sins and more importantly to Reese, to plug her movie.  But to her credit, she was forthright and didn’t dodge George Stephanopoulos’ questions. Although I must say, at this point her answers seem contrived, scripted and well rehearsed. Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth pleaded no contest (her) and guilty (him) to physical obstruction of another and DUI, respectively.  News of the pleas were reported by TMZ which noted that Toth — who was present in court — will do no jail time, owe 40 hours of community service and go through an alcohol-education program, in addition to being on probation for a year. Witherspoon, who wasn’t there and was originally arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, will pay a $213 fine.  There are two very important lessons to be learned here.  First, drinking and driving is never a good idea.  Witherspoon’s husband was clearly too inebriated to drive and should never have gotten behind the wheel.  Drunk driving is not only dangerous for the person driving but more importantly, it’s dangerous to all the potential victims who could be hurt or killed due to someone else’s reckless behavior.  Witherspoon and hubby could have easily called a taxi or limo to pick them up which would have been the responsible thing to do. Second, despite the fact Reese Witherspoon is a famous celebrity, she received no special treatment.  Unfortunately, there are those who, because of fame or wealth, think they are above and beyond the law.  Her bullying tactic of asking, “do you know who I am” “you better not arrest me”, was a clear example of that.  Playing the fame card might work in some cases but it didn’t work on that night in Georgia. The officer, who was neither moved nor impressed basically said I don’t care who you are.  He should be commended for doing his job so well.  He was professional and at no time did he lose his cool.  Hopefully this will be a lesson for her, that despite fame and fortune, when breaking the law, you will be treated no better or worse than any other citizen.  Afterall, at one point she states, “I am an American citizen and I can stand on American ground”.  So in the end, she got what she wanted, she was given the same treatment any other US citizen would have received in the same situation, metal bracelets and a terrible photograph.

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