On Friday, news broke that Ruby Rose—the Australian actress, model, and DJ best known for her role as Stella Carlin on Orange is the New Black—had allegedly thrown a plate of French fries at a bartender and been kicked out of a New Orleans restaurant. The next day, Rose apologized...to the fry.
“Every day I learn new lessons about handling cultural and social ignorance,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “I am deeply regretful to the French fry and I am regretful that I reacted at all.”
If Rose’s apology feels less-than sincere, it’s because the actress claims a bartender at Rebellion Bar and Urban Kitchen in New Orleans repeatedly insulted her abstinence from alcohol. The bartender had offered to buy Rose and her friends a round of drinks after they were made to wait an exorbitant amount of time for their food. But when Rose declined the offer, the waiter allegedly told her to “go call your f**king sponsor!”
“When someone makes repeated derogatory jokes about the sobriety I worked so hard to achieve, it's hard not to react emotionally,” Rose wrote, adding that she worked in the hospitality industry for five years, and has respect and admiration for the profession. “So I threw a singular fry at him. Then he came back as we were getting ready to leave and continued making awful comments, so I continued with the fries.”
Still, the restaurant’s version of the events differ significantly from Rose’s account. Seung Hong, the owner of Rebellion, told the Times-Picayune that Rose was made aware of the long wait that night, and that she behaved rudely.
“She was having like a tantrum. She was awful," he said. "She was a horrible person."
In 2011, Rose penned a person essay explaining she was going “off the grog” because she had thrown up on Katy Perry’s foot at party.
“I won't lie. Sobriety isn't all peachy,” she wrote. “People you once loved have a tendency to be annoying when drunk.”
Apparently that goes for bartenders, too.