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Monday, October 24, 2016

This is for the rest of us.

Meaning the ones who don’t have personal chefs, gift-wrapping rooms or hired sycophants, who don’t hobnob or rub shoulders, and who drive the same car every day of the week.

The rest of us would like to offer some of you a little advice:

If you ever find yourself asking, “Do you know who I am?” or any variation thereof, it’s a pretty good indicator that you are not, in fact, as famous as your hired sycophants (and your ego) have led you to believe. If it is necessary to call attention to your fame, you may not be all that famous to begin with.

Besides which, doing so is in terrible taste.

Reese Witherspoon, known for her work in films like Legally Blonde and Walk the Line (for which she won an Academy Award), is the latest celebrity to learn this. She was arrested for disorderly conduct recently after allegedly interfering with a Georgia state trooper, who had pulled over her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, on suspicion of drunk driving.

Authorities say Witherspoon, who has since apologized and pronounced herself “deeply embarrassed,” asked the trooper, “Do you know my name?” and announced to him, “You’re about to find out who I am. … You’re about to be on national news.”

In other words: “Do you know who I am?”– a question that should never be asked by anyone who is not suffering amnesia. And yet, it — or, again, some version of it — is asked often whenever the famous, the near-famous, the used-to-be-famous and the famous in their own minds find themselves colliding with real life.

Do you know who I am?

This was, in essence, Gloria James’ alleged riposte during a drunken 2011 altercation with a parking valet, though her only claim to fame is that 29 years ago, she gave birth to LeBron. It is what washed-up NBA star Allen Iverson reportedly spent 20 minutes yelling at a police officer during a 2011 traffic stop in Atlanta. It is said to be what Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina yelled when she was turned away from a Hollywood nightspot in 2009 for trying to take her then-15-year-old daughter Ali inside. It is, according to police, what the rapper N.O.R.E. screamed as he was punching out a customer a few years ago at a Fatburger in Miami Beach.

Do you know who I am? It might as well be the battle cry of privilege. The rest of us have a complicated relationship with privilege.

  • tiredofitall

    And next time. Follow all the rules and focus your beady little bloodshot eyes on the camera. That picture could go up in your statue room as a reminder that all fame and glory is fleeting….

  • CrossWinds

    Romans 12:16……….
    16 Consider everyone as equal, and don’t think that you’re better than anyone else. Instead, associate with people who have no status. Don’t think that you’re so smart.

  • sigrid28

    The rest of us certainly do have a complicated relationship with privilege, Mr. Pitts–especially when the celebrities we’re taking down a peg are women. Today must have been a slow day for injustice. The only targets left for our scorn were beautiful women taking their celebrity status for granted in a dumb way, like having the unmitigated gaul to “disturb the peace.” The police told Witherspoon to stay in the car during a traffic stop, and she got out. Some people are arrested for NOT getting out of their car. Lindsay Lohan’s mother committed the capital crime of trying to get her teenage daughter into a club with her: I’m not so sure Lindsay would have been better off left to her own devices. Of course, Sarah Palin was bound to make a ridiculous comment after having been publicly snubbed. That doesn’t mean the entire news media, including the National Memo, is obligated to go viral for it. What is it that makes these stories so irresistible? It’s just so much fun taking women down a peg or two.

    • whodatbob

      Thanks! bimbo stupitity is not news. It is tabloid trash.

  • commserver

    The problem with the privileged is that they are out of touch with the plebs.

  • JDavidS

    Life’s a bitch when you have to deal with the “little people”, isn’t it, Reese? Welcome to reality.

  • CPAinNewYork

    I thought that Reese Witherspoon was blonde.

    • Only her hairdresser knows!

    • ralphkr

      It depends upon what day it is.

  • angelsinca

    Nice imitation of the Nat’l Enquirer.

  • howa4x

    The problem with the overly wealthy is that lack morals. They lavish things on themselves and expect the rest of us to admire them for it, in a hey look what I have mentality. Everything they do is against all the religious teachings, something the republicans have laid claim to. But the new republican religion was not taught by Christ or Moses, or Buddha, but rather Any Rand, a person who actually thought greed is good and the poorer people should just stay in the shadows. She didn’t care what you did or who you hurt to get to the top, just get there! If you didn’t you were unworthy. Her social Darwinism is a direct contrast to Jesus’s teachings, yet republicans wave the book around like one of the new testament gospels. Maybe they want America to be the plaything of the 1%. You know somewhere they can drill on anybody’s land, put whatever chemicals they want in the drinking water, or own the water outright. They already are trying to own all the seed. Don’t forget they have the money to leave if things get really bad. Do you?

    They want to lower middle class wages by turning them against unions(the organizations who built the middleclass to begin with) and want every state to be a work for less state. Like a nation of Wal-Mart workers who have to rely on federal food stamps to exist. They 1% think they are not rich enough and always want more, even though their incomes rose 250% while the rest of us had our rise at 2-3%. The Koch bros, the Walton’s are worth up ward of 31 billion and 27 billion each, yet they have convinced the republicans that they are hurting, and in need of relief. What would Jesus say about this? Common all you evangelicals where are you? What bible are you reading? Was it written by Ayn Rand? These are the people who have convinced the religious to be against science so they can’t understand issues like climate change so they can benefit economically.
    But in the end we are all at fault because we look up to these people instead of down
    ccoconvinced the republicans thathat they are hurting under oners taxes ands