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Celebrity Slam - Apr. 24, 2013

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Reese gets rowdy

There are few things more likely to land a celebrity in this space than a wildly overinflated sense of self-importance. The only thing funnier than a famous person saying or doing something stupid is someone saying or doing that something stupid whilst swept up in a maelstrom of delusion and self-involvement.

Booze helps too.

This brings us to the unfortunate experience of Reese Witherspoon. Early Friday morning, Atlanta police stopped a car that had been weaving from lane to lane and generally driving erratically. The driver of the car was Jim Toth, Witherspoon's husband. 

As the officers dealt with Toth, Witherspoon who was in the passenger seat allegedly began making a bit of a scene. At one point, she asked the cops 'Do you know my name?' One officer replied with 'No, I don't need to know your name' (which is probably the absolute worst thing you could ever say to a drunken celebrity), which prompted Witherspoon to add 'You're about to find out who I am' and 'You're going to be on national news.'

Charming.

During the arrest, Witherspoon apparently got even more agitated, expressing a high degree of frustration over how long the arrest was taking. When she got out of the car, she was immediately ordered back inside. Unfortunately, it didn't take and she got out again. When that happened, she herself was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken into custody.

Witherspoon has since released a statement in which she apologizes profusely for her behavior and expresses regret and embarrassment over the events.

Sorry, Reese that genie's not going back in the bottle.

This sort of thing is always going to garner media attention we do so love to see the mighty fall, after all but this incident in particular is even more packed with schadenfreude. Reese Witherspoon is very much one of the 'America's Sweetheart' types, the kind of celebrity that we all generally assume is a decent, down-to-earth person. Instead and granted, it may have been just the booze talking, but still we get a full-on 'Don't you know who I am?' moment that perfectly encapsulates the entitled mindset we've come to expect from only the most self-absorbed of Hollywood characters.

Saying you're sorry is great and all and there's no doubt that you're sorry but there's no turning back. All it takes is one moment of egotistical weakness and you're just like every other smug Hollywood actress with an outsized sense of her own importance.

Leaving aside the basic elitism of it, perhaps the most biting remark comes from David Spade of all people. 'If you have to explain to someone you're famous, then you're technically not that famous.' And if anyone knows about being not that famous, it's him. 

Seriously when David Spade is scoring points off you, you've sunk pretty low. There's no ointment soothing enough for that burn.

Musical misdeeds

Speaking of celebrities who think they can get away with anything because of their fame

This next item comes to us courtesy of music producer (and occasional Black Eyed Pea) Will.i.am. Apparently, Mr. Am's job as a producer can be made much easier if he simply steals tracks from other artists and repurposes them as his own.

House music producer Arty took Will.i.am to task for his new track called 'Let's Go' featuring Chris Brown. According to Arty, it is a blatant ripoff of the dance track 'Rebound,' which Arty produced with Mat Zo. The track is scheduled to appear on Will.i.am's next album '#thatPOWER.'

Here's the thing, though Will.i.am totally cops to it! He admits to co-opting the beat for his own purposes, though he claims it was an honest mistake. In a statement, he said that he's a fan and that 'the world needs to know how talented these guys are' before blaming the whole thing on licensing issues.

Are we really expected to believe that there's anything 'honest' about this 'mistake'? Regardless of how you might feel about his work, Will.i.am is one of the preeminent music producers in the industry. Are we really expected to believe that he doesn't know every detail about the music he's putting together? His body of work already shows that he's not afraid of being derivative; it's not much of a journey from there to outright thievery.

Maybe Fergie was the brains of the outfit the entire time.

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