Hey Look, Reese Witherspoon Understands Inequality

Reese WitherspoonBefore Reese Witherspoon was caught drunkenly sassing a police officer, she was doing the press promotion for her film Mud. While I don’t have the slightest empathy for anyone who has the self importance to drive under the influence, Reese’s certain attention to systems of inequality make me think we can perhaps start liking her again. Maybe.

Granted, when you’re pulled over for being sloshed at the wheel, your publicist isn’t exactly an arm’s reach away to give you those pearly talking points. But even if Reese did just memorize these stats from a cheat sheet that her team made her memorize, I’m pleased she at least bothered to offer part of her privileged diva brain to such an issue. Conducted before her run-in with the law, an interview in the magazine Red reveals that Reese has been properly schooled by somebody:

When I ask if she’s a feminist, she doesn’t miss a beat: ‘Absolutely, of course.’

And then reels off stats without pausing for breath. ‘Even now, in America, a woman makes 87 cents to every dollar a man makes. If you’re a black woman, you make 75 cents. You’re a Latin woman, it’s 67 cents. And this is doing the same job. There is enormous inequality in pay and inequality in the workplace to this day.’

And with that, you get a cookie! And your publicist, who perhaps stood over you with a ruler, should get a raise!

(photo: Mr. Blue/WENN.com)

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    • Kelly

      I think it’s hilarious that so many “writers” keep accusing her of drunk driving when she was a passenger.

      No wonder so many mommyish writers are crying poor lately. You don’t give a damn about the facts. Who else would hire you?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=789264713 Frances Locke

        She might not have been driving BUT she was (drunkenly) defending her husband who WAS drunk and driving. I don’t see much of a difference, but then maybe the pins in my leg and constant spinal pain due to some asshole driving drunk make me less than unbiased.

        Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Reese Witherspoon, even after this debacle but this piece doesn’t explicitly say they thought she was driving. If she didn’t do anything to stop him then she is just as culpable in my eyes.

      • Jen

        While I don’t have the slightest empathy for anyone who has the self importance to drive under the influence, Reese’s certain attention…

        Granted, when you’re pulled over for being sloshed at the wheel, your publicist isn’t exactly an arm’s reach away to give you those pearly talking points

        Actually she did say Reese was pulled over for “driving under the influence”…
        And I agree she screwed up by not telling him not to drive. But he is a VIP in the behind the scenes entertainment world. Why aren’t we seeing a ton of articles on him? Just her. I get it she was “golden” and she made a stupid remark drunk…but no articles on how the entertainment industry is constantly putting people in those positions by meetings being at bars, nice dinners etc. Not excusing him or her. Just saying She screwed up, admitted it and is trying to move on. But I’ve not seen a single article/blog calling her irresponsible husband out.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      Umm, you realize a person can do both good and bad things, right?