We here are at The Gloss are pretty big fans of Beth Ditto. She’s a confident, stylish feminist who isn’t afraid to defy beauty standards or disregard the jerk opinions of major icons. Essentially, she’s fantastic. However, an incident in Portland has painted a slightly different portrait of the star (or, rather, “superstar”).
On Sunday, Ditto was arrested outside of Bungalo Bar in Portland, OR for drunk and disorderly conduct. Witnesses say she had displayed plenty of “diva-like” behavior while in the bar. According to Page Six:
“When Beth and her friends came into the bar they immediately said, ‘We have a superstar out here. Can we get some service?’ ”
“Beth walked in and broke a glass. Bar staff cut her off and walked her out, but she just kept trying to come back in. She was screaming, ‘Don’t you know who I am? I’m Beth Ditto. Google me, bitches.’ ”
Rather than trying to calm Ditto down and get her to stop acting like an ass in what was undoubtedly being filmed by plenty of iPhones, one of her friends decided to get violent and kick the “scrawny, thin” bartender in the genitals. Cool, right? But then…
“Beth went outside and stood in the street, took off her shoes and threw her purse down and started screaming ‘O-bam-a.’
“She kept getting louder and she wouldn’t leave — she wouldn’t listen. She was a hot mess.”
Twelve officers showed up on the scene to arrest Ditto. She’s currently awaiting a court date on the charge.
As a side note, I hate St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Here in Portland, they last three days and are totally ridiculous (somewhere, there is a horrible shortage of green tutus, and it is the fault of this city). I realize most cities are like this, but Portland is especially full of cheap, cheap booze. From what I’ve observed over the last few months, this combined with Portland’s “we’re so weird!” thing (which is accurate) has led to a somewhat higher tolerance for disorderly, intoxicated people. Basically, you can go into almost any bar, get belligerently tanked for under $20 and nobody will cut you off. This is why I was both surprised and unsurprised to hear a celebrity got arrested for being cray here on that evening; I think I was mostly confused at how Ditto behaved and spoke towards other folks since she’s usually so…awesome.
I think we can all agree that telling people to Google you because you’re ~*so famous*~ is all-too-Jersey Shore/Real World, and that kicking anybody in the balls who hasn’t somehow attacked you is a jerk move. But I still love you, Beth Ditto, if only because you do “Vogue” so damn well.
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