Ah yes, it is a good day, and I have a new personal hero. But recent events, glorious as they may be, may not be quite as “fair” and “universal” as certain county officials are trying to lead us to believe.
Let me take you back to a simpler time, just one year ago. Back when we didn’t really care about celebrity DUIs, unless someone was being called “Sugartits” and an entire culture was being insulted. Does anybody remember Michelle Rodriguez? You know, the annoying girl from Lost who was shot in the gut as the greatest season finale EVER?
TMZ [via celebitchy.com] has learned Michelle Rodriguez’s 60-day DUI jail sentence turned into four hours and 27 minutes behind bars — a byproduct of overcrowding and budget problems in LA’s jails….
… a spokesman for the LA city attorney’s office said Rodriguez was released after just less than four and a half hours as part of a book and release program typical for non-violent offenders with sentences of less than 90 days. Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the LA County Sheriff’s Department, said the early release program was implemented in 2002 “as a last resort” to meet budget cuts that reached $180 million.
There were no public outcries, and no paparazzi parades. The general public may have thought, “oh it’s because she’s a celebrity,” but no one made petitions to keep her in jail.
By no stretch of the imagination am I saying that She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was treated unfairly today. I am just saying, perhaps her sentence was more about karma, than justice. You can only spit on the world for so long, before it absorbs enough to pee on you.