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posted: 5/9/2013 5:00 AM

Actress' behavior promoted stereotype

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Actress Reese Witherspoon's behavior on the occasion of her husband being arrested on suspicion of "driving under the influence" fits "The Ugly American" stereotype quite well. It reminded me of how I felt on my first visit to Paris, where I knew I was not "The Ugly American" some Parisians were calling me out to be.

Did I get upset by hearing the tape of the Witherspoon arrest because my image of her was as "America's sweetheart?" Could be.

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My first question would be: Who gave the tape to the news media? She (Reese) seemed so certain that it would be on the "national news" that it makes me wonder if she sought the spotlight herself. Just sayin'. And then that "being honest with the kids" bit.

My second question would be: Did George Stephanopoulos ask her before or after the interview if she, too, was drunk? If he didn't, he should have, on air. Clearly, she insinuated that "we" were in no shape to be driving. It's hard for me to believe that any reasonable person (undrunk) would put himself or herself in a position of being arrested for not following a command by a uniformed law enforcement officer. which she most certainly did.

My third question would be: Why on earth did she avail herself to an interview on "Good Morning America" where the cover-up became worse than the "crime"? Her apology was not believable even though her publicist vouched for her genuine sorrow for the way she talked to the officer, and as a matter of fact, the CNN reporter appeared to be going along. I don't know about you, but I didn't. Nor should any red-blooded American who genuinely takes responsibility for giving our country the good name it deserves.

Lorrie Farrington

Libertyville

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