Flashback: Reese Witherspoon's MTV Lecture on Good Behavior

Flashback: Reese Witherspoon's MTV Lecture on Good Behavior

Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon took a stand during a 2011 MTV appearance to promote good behavior and mock immoral reality show antics. That moment is coming back to haunt the star in the wake of her disorderly conduct arrest.

The Walk the Line actress offered up a public apology for her actions, but it reminds us that embracing a strong moral code means following your own guidelines while in the public arena.

Here’s the core of Witherspoon’s heartfelt speech during the MTV awards appearance roughly two years ago:

I get it, girls, that it’s cool to be a bad girl,” the 35-year-old told the audience as she accepted the MTV Generation Award at the Los Angeles-taped show. “But it is possible to make it in Hollywood without doing a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed….

So, for all the girls out there, it’s totally possible to be a good girl,” she urged. “I’m going to try to make it cool.