We’ve all heard the stories of celebrities that are arrested. Often the celebrities try to use their stardom as a way to weasel out of trouble.
Why do some celebs think they’re above the law? Have we lifted these celebrities to an almost god-like status? Power and money have a way of corrupting even the best personalities.
Let’s take a look at some celebs that have tried to get out of trouble based on their job.
Do You Know Who I am?
This line is probably stated by more celebrities that have been arrested than a doorknob has turns. In fact it has been said so often that everyone has heard of it. Celebrities that use this tired old line believe that just by stating who they are the arresting officer is going to back up and say, “Oh, excuse me. I wasn’t aware you were so-and-so. Let’s get these cuffs off.”
I Didn’t Mean To Say That…
Many celebrities will try to make some sort of an apology to their fans and the general public for their behavior. Unfortunately, like in the recent case with Reese Witherspoon, the apology sounds more like the blame is being put elsewhere. Witherspoon blamed alcohol for how she behaved, yet she didn’t apologize for her husband driving drunk and endangering the public. Mel Gibson, in his infamous drunken arrest, later apologized for saying “despicable things” that he “did not believe to be true”.
The problem with such statements is that alcohol causes people to lose their inhibitions. They are more likely to say things that they believe at that time. Gibson did enter rehabilitation for alcoholism, later.
Money Allows Us To Be Free
In the recent past celebrities have been treated differently, many people believe this to be based on how much money celebrities have. When O.J. Simpson ran from police in the infamous ‘Bronco Chase’ he was sure that he would ‘make it’. No one is quite sure where he planned to make it to…though we are all aware of how his trial turned out. Simpson later was found guilty of other crimes and is in prison.
When Martha Stewart was arrested for insider trading she initially was released and then placed on house arrest. Like many other celebrities, Stewart was free to do much of her normal activities. This is yet another reason people have felt that celebrities receive special treatment from law enforcement or the judicial system.
Today more judges seem to be passing harsher sentences on celebrities due to public outcry over leniency.
Though it seems that big ticket celebrities still find a way out of harsh sentences. Could that be due to their popularity or the amount of money they bring to the table compared to everyday people?
Until all celebrities receive the same treatment as regular people when faced with arrests or jail time, we’ll keep wondering.
About the Author: Tina Samuels writes on Steve Wynn, and the topics of small business and social media.