In Defense of Reese Witherspoon

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Wait, was that one an affidavit? I said no lawyers! PHOTO: Tony Shek

It seems nearly everyone in our fair city is having a chuckle over Reese Witherspoon’s arrest alongside her manager/husband James Toth this weekend, and we here at the Atlanta Banana do not agree with the sentiment. In fact, we applaud her.

Sure, she may have pulled the old do-you-know-who-I-am act, which doesn’t exactly top our list of most classy things ever said, but the real story here — the one that everyone seems to be missing — is that a wife and mother stood by her man.

Sure, she had a few drinks, and of course it is smart, not to mention polite, to respect the hardworking men and women of the Atlanta PD, but on the other hand, cops are not gods. We should not be afraid to call them out if we feel they are arresting someone in error.

That said, Mr. Toth’s actions are indefensible. He got behind the wheel of a car while drunk and that is not to be condoned in any circumstance. He deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and will no doubt be the beneficiary of premium legal counsel during that process.

Ms. Witherspoon, on the other hand, saw her husband and the father of her young child being arrested. She mouthed off until she got arrested too. That’s loyalty right there, folks, and if there’s anything the modern relationship needs more of it’s loyalty.

Don’t drive drunk. Ever. Don’t even think about it. Ask yourself, though, Atlanta: do you want a partner in life who is always right, or always loyal?