If you get all your information about the West Coast from movies and TV, then Orange County is truly a mythic place: Home of Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari, Seth Cohen and Botox parties. But there's more to the richie-rich über-conservative enclave than vapid consumption, professional prettiness, plastic surgery and gorgeous ocean views. Like the Spur Posse! And picking on the underdog! Two Newport Beach teenage girls have been arrested for beating a "mentally retarded" girl and posting the video on MySpace. God, we thought it was over-the-top when Luke fought Ryan and said, "Welcome to the OC, bitch. This is how it's done in Orange County."
The girls involved in the attack are students at Newport Harbor High School (you know, the one Marissa Cooper got kicked out of?). Thankfully, you can no longer watch the video, as it's been removed from the Internet, and a police sergeant says he doesn't know the motive for the assault. Do you think it's because this developmentally disabled young woman didn't fit into the picture-perfect lifestyle they're pushing out there? What is it about Orange County? Is everyone a blonde, spoiled, shopaholic? Does money make people do despicable things? Is there something in the water?
Related: Trouble In Lakewood [The New Yorker]