What's a celeb to do when she's treated like — gasp! — a regular person and not a superstar?
In such situations, many Hollywood types do exactly what Tara Reid and Reese Witherspoon did recently and invoke the bratty phrase, "Do you know who I am?," to mixed results.
The famous typically receive special treatment in many, many ways, but that isn't always the case. Just ask Reid, Witherspoon, and a few other divas who've claimed special privilege because of their celebrity.
Situation: While shopping at the high-end AllSaints store on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles last week, Reid reportedly yelled at staff members when she wasn't given a discount on an outfit she was buying to wear at Coachella for … being famous. (AllSaints declined to comment, and Reid's rep did not immediately respond.) However, the rep who was with her at AllSaints explained to the New York Post that, "Tara gets a huge discount with AllSaints in the U.K. and Paris because she's a walking billboard for them. She gets photographed … so they give her huge hookups."
Did it work? Negative. Reid left the store empty-handed and a PR fiasco ensued.
Situation: The "Mud" star played the celeb card with a state trooper as her husband Jim Toth was being arrested on suspicion of DUI and she was being arrested for disorderly conduct in Atlanta over the weekend, which left fans of the normally down-to-earth actress in shock.
Did it work? Nope, not even when she added, "You're about to find out who I am."
Situation: On one of her many jaunts to London, Rihanna cut a little too loose when, in September 2012, she reportedly danced on a table at the exclusive Rose Club. She fell — despite her smooth moves onstage — breaking glasses and bottles, and was being escorted out by security, when she said those (sometimes) magic words, "Do you know who I am?"
Did it work? Yes! British tabloid The Sun reports that once the club manager recognized Rihanna, he not only allowed her to stay, but ordered a new table and free drinks for RiRi and her entourage.
Lindsay and Dina Lohan
Situation: The first mother-daughter team of celebrity scandal has produced numerous "But I'm a Celebrity"-type moments. One instance was in 2009, when Dina tried to use Lindsay's celebrity status to try and get herself, Lindsay, and Ali — who was just 15 at the time! — into L.A. hot spot Villa. After being turned away because of that pesky law requiring clubgoers to be 21, Us Weekly reported that Dina asked, "Do you know who I am?" and Lindsay followed up with the "Pretty Woman"-like line, "You're making a huge mistake. Huge."
Did it work? About as well as Lindsay's movie "I know Who Killed Me" did at the box office.
Situation: The legendary songstress was meeting her daughter at swanky Beverly Hills restaurant La Scala this past January when she was told that she would not be seated at her table until her entire party arrived. Standard rule, right? Ross was so miffed that, according to the New York Post, she sat down anyway, and then was told that she wouldn't be served if she did not follow the rules.
Did it work? Ross left hungry and in a huff. The eatery's owner Gigi Leon told the newspaper that, "We treat everyone the same whether you're famous or not."
Obviously, she has no idea how Hollywood really works!
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