ties that this is not so.
Stars in prison, for instance, usually have their own cell. Such is the assumption that Sutherland, when interviewed about his prison experience for his DUI offence, complained that he was saddled with a cellmate for the first two to three weeks of his seven-week stay despite being “told” that he would have his own cell.
Lohan’s 14 days in jail was spent in a private cell. According to Sheriff Steve Whitmore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, Lohan had to be isolated from the general prison population for security reasons.
Car insurance companies and lawyers are the ones squeezing the most out of celebrity “endorsements” for their services.
It is worrying when a large number of them claim to have insured or represented the celebrities in their DUI cases and are advertising their services to online readers next to top 10 lists of celebrity DUI accidents they have compiled.
Celebrity misdeeds often receive the Hollywood treatment and in doing so, much of the sting of what they have done is taken out.
Actress Winona Ryder’s shoplifting spree at high-fashion store Saks Fifth Avenue in 2001 was worked into jokes on entertainment and late-night talk shows, giving the impression that it was yet another crazy thing celebrities do.
Career-wise, Ryder has been relatively quiet for a few years since the incident but has gradually been back in the limelight since 2006. She will appear in a leading role in an upcoming film by acclaimed director Ron Howard. In 2001, actress Winona Ryder was caught shoplifting at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, California.
Looking at the way many celebrities lead charmed lives, it is sometimes easy for common folks to forget that the same does not apply to them.
In real life, folks run the very real risk of losing their jobs and their reputation if they are found guilty of offences such as drunkdriving, drug-taking and shoplifting.
Unlike celebrities, common folks may not be able to bounce back after a few years, and for the vast majority, the likelihood that we will be able to turn up our noses at a job because we are independently wealthy is rather slim. There really is no up-side to emulating celebrity misdeeds. n In this column, writer Hau Boon Lai ponders the lives, loves and liberties of celebrities.