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'Do you know who I am?'

You know, I can’t stand it when people throw their celebrity weight to weasel out of things. What’s amazing is that people of limited celebrity, recognition or power try to get away with this crap.  I hate to break it to them, but they’re not that important. Nothing excuses boorish behavior like this high and mighty city council member:

New Orleans City Council member Cynthia Hedge-Morrell (District D) was under fire Thursday for allegedly abusing her power by driving dangerously in a city SUV, and then yelling at a state trooper who pulled her over.

Hedge-Morrell issued an apology for the incident, which happened on February 26, when a state trooper clocked the councilwoman flying down I-10 at close to 100 miles per hour just before 9 a.m. Morrell was reportedly in a city-provided SUV and using the vehicle’s blue flashing lights to help cut through traffic.

State Police said when they pulled Morrell over and asked her to step out of the vehicle, she refused, and said “Do you know who I am?” Morrell told the trooper that she was on her way to an important meeting with FEMA officials. A similar incident involving Morrell occurred in January.

She refused to talk to the media, but she read a statement at a City Council meeting:  “…When I taught children, I always told them to step up and take responsibility when you make a mistake. Admit what you did wrong, and only use the word ‘I.'”


This kind of outlandish behavior reminds me of the case of a well-known academic who played the “don’t you know who I am?” card to a former colleague more than once. The person in question was verbally abusive toward people of a lower social standing, particularly service workers and administrative staff.

It was a beautiful thing to hear that, on one occasion, the academic pulled that crap on a service worker in a restaurant and was told “No, I don’t know who the f*ck you are and I don’t care.”

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