Those who know me well are aware of my sometimes controversial sympathy for pop tarts Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Lindsey Lohan was always teetered on crossing the line into that list, but mostly just because of her deadbeat dad and a mom that is more concerned with being her daughter’s best friend than her only unincarcerated guardian. Now she’s at the top of the list, and I need to make absolutely clear that I in no way know what it is like to be in any kind of spotlight.
I can’t think of anything other than what a crying shame it is that someone so young and beautiful and talented is having to fight all these demons. My heart goes out to her because, through no fault of her own, she joined Hollywood high society at such an early age. Her parents clearly cared more about living vicariously through their own daughter than about her safety and well-being. When people become famous, they are almost immediately surrounded by “yes” people who are too spineless to speak out for their supposed friend (or family member, Dina). When your own mother is living off your every dime and even trading under your name, I would imagine it would be next to impossible to effectively take a clear look at your life and loves.
Now, I certainly don’t give Linds a free pass. She’s practically an adult and fully capable of making her own decisions about her own life, and she should be able to do so. I’m sure no one forces alcohol down her throat or holds a gun to her head to get her to do other things. I think this is part of the addictive toxicity of Hollywood. So what is the next step? Enter a rehab program that lets you leave the premises to go to the movies or out to eat? Drive your car onto a curb and leave the scene? Go out AGAIN the next night and wind up passed out on the cover of the NY Post? I definitely never thought I’d say this, but her dad is right – she needs to distance herself from the people, places and things eating away at her and enter a faith-based rehab. Not another hotelhab.
LiLo, because I am sure you a) read my blog and b) care what I think, what is it going to take? Don’t allow the glitter of L.A. to drag you down the path of other ill-fated timeless talents like John Belushi, Chris Farley, Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin. You are far too talented and have far too much to offer to throw it all away for some temporary, superficial excitement. Please bring back the Mean Girl I loved!