The public image of Native American actor Wes Studi has been tarnished. He was arrested last Friday morning at 1 a.m. on July 26, 2013 for aggravated DWI at Santa Fe, N.M. The 43 minute arrest was caught on the Santa Fe police vehicle camera where Studi was biligerant, incoherent, staggering & drunk in front of officers. On top of that he screamed obscenities including racial remarks toward the arresting officer. The video hit the Internet & spread quickly. On Monday morning July 29, 2013 Wes Studi released a statement to the media apologizing specifically to the Santa Fe police. He also wants to apologize to his family, friends & supporters. Some of his fans however are not that forgiving.
According to the local NBC affiliate KOB 4 News in Albuquerque, N.M. Here is Wes Studi’s statement, “I want to apologize to law enforcement officers for my behavior that evening. Though it wasn’t apparent, I do have the highest respect for law enforcement.”
Wes Studi was reportedly drinking & driving before he hit a stop sign that blew out two tires on a vehicle that did not belong to him. It is owned by the female who was the only other passenger with him that night. As Studi was being questioned by police he refused field sobriety, alcohol breath & blood tests. On the police camera though he is seen as visibly under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
According to the official website of KOB 4 News. Here are several of the immediate comments from New Mexico individuals after Wes Studi’s apology. (Spelling & sentence structure corrected for readers).
Anthony Robbin – “Of course after the fact. After he has egg on his face. Alcohol does bad things.”
George Miller – “I am glad he apologized to the police, but he never apologized for his racist remarks he made (watch video!). He was my favorite actor, but no more and until he addresses those comments. I will not watch another of his movies. Again, go to ‘www.krqe.com’ and watch police video. The media seems to downplay his racist remarks, but it is there for the world to see. I hope he did not mean what he said, but maybe people don’t care because he has and never will be a high profile actor like Denzil Washington or John Wayne – and after this he never will be!”
Carletta Murphy – “Blah, Blah. Blah! We’ve heard it all before. He’s a jerk to everyone, (to) Anglos, Native Americans and always will be. The only thing he cares about is his ego and the bottle in his hand. It will happen again and I won’t be surprised.”
Joe Graham – “One thing about getting drunk is waking up the next day and have all the folks tell you what a cool dude you were the night before. A magic elixor indeed.”
Michael Dietz – “I believe that when any criminal says he/she is sorry. They are really only sorry they got caught.”
Joseph Sanchez – “It’s said (that) when one is drunk the “truth” comes out!”
Louise Marquez – “I too take issue with Mr. Studi’s very racist remarks. As an Anglo you can rest assured, actor or normal citizen, if I had made similar comments about a Native American or any other race. I would’ve been figuratively crucified by the media. I can’t help but think that the only reason for his public apology was to attempt to salvage what might be left of his public (not to mention high-paying) career. Bigotry hurts in both directions. Thank you, Mr. Studi, for proving that racism is alive and well in all races!”
Joseph Shunkamolah – (Oklahoma) “I wonder if the cops checked to see if he had a flair up of malaria or had a diabetic episode. Neither worked for me back when but it was worth a try, LOL.”