All around the world, fans wait outside movie premieres, restaurants and hotels just to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrity.  It’s always heartwarming to hear stories about a star who is “down-to-earth” and, despite their fame, able to relate to everyday people.

Unfortunately, for every one of those feel-good stories, there are some cringe-worthy tales.  Here’s a look at some people who are as famous for their snobby behavior as they are for their talents.

Reese Witherspoon

The Oscar-winning actress used to be viewed as America’s Sweetheart among women in Hollywood.  With cute films such as Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde and This Means War – as well as a seemingly successful remarriage (and new baby!) after being cheated on by and divorcing Ryan Phillipe – she really has had quite a career.

Unfortunately, she was in the car last week when her new husband, Jim Toth, was pulled over for driving erratically (he was eventually arrested for a DUI).  While the officer was administering a sobriety test, Reese jumped from the car, got confrontational and when the officer failed to yield to her demands, she said those dreaded words: “Do you know my name?”  This was then followed by a series of threats that implied the officer would be held accountable for daring to pull over a famous person.  She was arrested for disorderly conduct and has since apologized for her behavior.

Gwyneth Paltrow

The daughter of Blythe Danner and the late Bruce Paltrow, Gwyneth has always acted a little regal. In recent years, especially after the launch of her goop newsletter, her elitist thinking has really come into focus. This month, she was recognized not only as People’s Most Beautiful Woman but also as the “Most Hate” celebrity in an online poll. Here are some of her more obnoxious quotes (one of which, ironically, mentions Reese Witherspoon):

  • “I am who I am. I can’t pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year.”
  • “I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.”
  • “I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup.”
  • “I love the English way, which is not as capitalistic as it is in America. People don’t talk about work and money; they talk about interesting things at dinner parties.”
  • “We’ve got a wood-burning pizza oven in the garden — a luxury, I know, but it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.”
  • “When you go to Paris and your concierge sends you to some restaurant because they get a kickback, it’s like, ‘No. Where should I really be? Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in Paris?'”
  • “Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, ‘Another romantic comedy?’ You see her in something like Walk the Line and think, ‘God, you’re so great!’ And then you think, ‘Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?’ But of course, it’s for money and status.”

What do you think?  Should celebrities try to at least pretend they can relate to us commoners – or should they be forgiven for being honest about their wealth and status?

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