If the name Gretchen Wilson isn’t ringing any bells, then you maybe didn’t live in the kind of town where “Redneck Woman” was blasted at every wedding, prom, tailgate, family bonfire, or jail-release celebration. But after today, you’ll know Gretchen Wilson as the country singer who proved she wasn’t exactly lying about being trashy n’ proud when she got arrested during an airplane bathroom fight on Tuesday. As someone who has heard Gretchen Wilson provide the soundtrack to many a truck-based gathering, I’m a little shocked that this fight happened in the bathroom of an airplane and not a Walmart. Not very on-brand for Gretchen.
The Hartford Courant reports that on Tuesday night, 45-year-old Gretchen Wilson got into it with a fellow passenger over the airplane bathroom on a plane landing at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. Sources tell TMZ that Gretchen was flying first class to a gig at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut. There was only one bathroom on the flight and when Gretchen wanted to use it, it was occupied and she got pissed. She argued with the passenger inside and they shoved each other. Flight attendants instructed both Gretchen and the passenger to sit in their seats. For the rest of the nearly 80-minute flight, Gretchen reportedly wouldn’t stop turning around and exchanging “threatening” hand gestures.
When law enforcement arrived, Gretchen reportedly dared them to arrest her. So they did, and arrested her for second-degree breach of peace. Her bail was set at $1000, which she paid.
This isn’t the first time Gretchen has been a menace on a plane. In 2007, she was given a citation after flight attendants asked her to put her dog in its carrier, to which she reportedly responded: “Fuck you.” It’s not known for sure why Gretchen needed into the bathroom so badly, but the obvious guess is that she really had to pee. But maybe Gretchen was worried that she wouldn’t have enough time to freshen up, aka washing her bra in the sink or applying a fresh layer of brow-to-lashline pink eyeshadow. Hey, she wasn’t seated in first-class for nothing.
Pic: Connecticut State Police