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Beth Ditto Arrested in Portland for Actually Pretty Typical Shoeless Obama Rant

Originally Appeared on Portland Pulp

An out-of-stater with a cool band but no real job, the Gossip’s Beth Ditto was already basically the indie poster child for young Portland, but the voluminous vocalist permanently proved her Oregon bona fides this weekend when she was arrested for throwing her shoes and yelling about the president.

As first reported by Willamette Week, the incident began early Saturday morning when the Bungalo Bar on Mississppi cut Ditto off for appearing intoxicated, an assessment she decided to utterly disprove by running into the street and throwing things. Tossing her purse and shoes, Ditto then put her arms out “like an airplane” and began screaming “OBAMA! OBAMA!” in the middle of traffic, stopping several cars.

Drunk, barefoot and shouting incoherently about Obama, Ditto had finally completed her transformation into a True Oregonian and cops arrived shortly to congratulate her on the remarkable metamorphosis. Booked for second-degree disorderly conduct, the queen of the scene is now free with upcoming court dates to be announced.

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