You know that moment. Your palms are sweaty, you’re sweating like whore a in church and your stomach feels like it’s going to fall out of your butt.
You’ve messed up. You need to own up. But you don’t want to.
My junior year of college I took an informative and eye opening public relations class. The first day of class our professor told us four rules of PR when you’ve screwed up. They were: Show Up, Speak Up, Say Sorry, and Shut Up. (Professor Deason, I hope those are right!)
All right. Easy enough.
But when you’re the person that’s screwed up, showing up and speaking up about your faults and failings is much easier said than done. Just ask Reese Witherspoon.
Two weeks ago, the Legally Blonde actress and her husband were pulled over by police in Atlanta on suspicion of drunk driving. When the actress was asked to remain in the vehicle… she didn’t. According to the arrest report, the sweet southern belle went postal on the officer saying, “Do you know my name? You’re about to find out who I am. You’re about to be on national news!”
Woah. Where was the adorable Nashvillian who was in Man in the Moon with that guy from 7th Heaven? It would seem she left after the third or fourth glass of vino. It happens to the best of us, right? But she’s a celebrity and she went a little cray.
But what did she do? She showed up on Good Morning America yesterday, spoke up about what she did, apologized for her mistake, then moved on to talk about her new film, Mud.
[youtube id=”USdngOi2xlA” width=”620″ height=”360″]
“We know better.”
“We made a mistake.”
“When you make a mistake, you take responsibility.”
That took major cojones. And in typical Reese fashion, she laughed at herself and made us all remember why we love her.
“I think I played a lawyer in a movie so many times, I think I am a lawyer,” she joked. “And clearly I am not a lawyer because I got arrested…so, I learned a lot.”
You go girl.
When we screw up, we probably won’t apologize on Good Morning America. But admitting failures is never easy, no matter the morning show. Yeah, she screwed up. She owned her mistake, and apologized for the incident. She won’t be remembered as an egotistical drunk lady; that’ll all be forgotten when the next drunk celebrity shows up on TMZ. Reese will be remembered as a person who owns her failures and apologizes with grace and moxie.
What did you think about Reese’s apology? Did you think she was genuine?