Saturday night was an eye opener in more than one way.
First of all, it was revealed that the mighty penguins of the North Pole are some kick ass animals. They do a lot of marching back and forth to the water, to fill their bellies with food, only so that they may march back to where their offspring are at, only so they can regurgitate a milky white substance from their mouth, to their offspring, which in turn allows tiny penguin babies to survive.
The other thing that was revealed to me was that Geena Davis likes to cut in line.
On my way into the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood that night — that’s where I spotted her. Tall, fit, with a happy little attitude exuding forth from her face. Geena Davis. From such classic flicks as Thelma & Louise, Cutthroat Island and, uh, Earth Girls Are Easy. Over the course of the last few decades she has been hooked up with Jeff Goldblum, Renny Harlin and her present husband Reza Jarrahy — and lately her career had started to falter. (Stuart Little 1 & 2, anyone?)
At the Arclight, they have those “validate your parking ticket here” things — you know the kind that people stand in front of for hours after putting their ticket in and removing it…still unsure that the machine has many any sort of concrete validation on their piece of paper? But Arclight also has their helpful desk by the front doors, where staff are more than happy to validate your ticket for you if you are patient enough to wait in line like everyone else.
Not Ms. Davis.
I like to stamp my ticket ahead of time, before the movie, which is why I was waiting in a line of about ten people at the front desk. Of course, Geena Davis, on her way out from seeing a movie — had yet to get her ticket stamped and decided that now was as good a time as any to get it done.
But, uh oh. There was a line.
Had it been the Geena Davis of Earth Girls are Easy, Stuart Little or The Fly, I suspect she would have waited in line just like everyone else. Her credits would not have been impressive enough, or had enough buzz to warrant such an illegal and socially reprehensible act.
But with all the buzz lately for her new ABC show Commander in Chief in which she plays a United States Vice President who becomes President after her boss becomes ill — it’s no wonder that Geena Davis (who is waited on hand and foot as the first female boss of the States) thinks that if she wants her ticket stamped all she’s got to do is step in front of a group of 10 people to make it so.
Had she just come off the mild success of Earth Girls Are Easy she wouldn’t have dared. Had she just booked the role of “Mother” in Stuart Little 2 she probably would have asked all ten of us if WE wanted HER to get our tickets stamped for US. Had she just gotten the gig as a half-man, half-fly’s girlfriend — she probably wouldn’t even be out in public.
But alas, lately — she’s been treated like royalty.
On her new show, which she is most likely working on every day of the week, she is catered to and complimented… She is treated as the most powerful person in the World. In her mind, the fate of the World rests in her hands, so why not too, should a parking lot validation stamp?
That’s why I forgive her for what she did — simply ignoring me and the nine others standing and waiting for our stamp. That’s why I forgive her for not even turning to look at her fellow men even after some older clientele made HUFFING and SIGHING sounds to alert her to the injustice she was currently a part of. If there’s any one reason to overlook such a social faux paus, it’s this:
Geena Davis is the President of the United States.
Hell, she can cut in line whenever… she… wants.