Are We Really Still Talking Crap About Lindsay Lohan?Caragh Poh

Last week, NYTimes.com posted an article titled “Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan In Your Movie.” I saw the link posted to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr the day the article was published, with notes to encourage reading like, “this is a must read” or, cheekily enough given the January publication date, “best thing I’ve read all year”. Though the article touches upon Paul Schrader’s desperation to make a good film after a series of flops, it is mostly comprised of one of America’s favorite past times: discussing Lindsay Lohan’s failure, while speculating about her drug use.

I love a good snark fest, especially against the rich and famous. Imagine my surprise when my schadenfreude melted away and I was left feeling sorry for Lohan. Maybe not sorry for Lohan, so much as disgust for the rest of us who are not Lindsay Lohan, but are still talking about her constantly. Before the first paragraph ends, the author, Stephen Rodrick, notes that she moves through the Chateau Marmont as if she owns it, but in a “debtor-prison kind of way”. The next sentence divulges that Lohan’s mother is sitting a table away from her, attempting to eavesdrop on her daughter’s meeting for the film the title is referring to, Braxton Pope’s and Paul Schrader’s The Canyons. 

The article continues in a similar fashion. Paragraph after paragraph of prose that is heavily seasoned with insults directed at the former Mean Girls star, with descriptions of other people treating her like utter crap in between. The only nonnegotiable clause in her contract for The Canyons is that she is not allowed decision making rights. Lohan sobbed for an hour and a half outside of Schrader’s hotel room after she missed a meeting and was consequently, though temporarily, fired. Lindsay had to have a crew member from the film accompany her on her lunch break because she wasn’t “allowed” off set. She verbalized that she was afraid her co-star, porn star James Deen, would garner more success than she will from the film.

It’s  7,500 words that crap all over Lindsay Lohan like she is a beaten up Jetta under a tree and we’re just a bunch of Blue Jays that ate some berries. It’s exhausting to read how everyone is against her, but even more tiring when you take into account how it’s really only propelled by her own terrible decisions.

Schrader had to tell Lohan, age 26, not to take sleeping pills after 3 AM when she has a 9 AM call time. She actually, and apparently literally, ran away from the aforementioned crew member who was supposed to watch her when she went out to lunch. She tried to miss her first day of work until Schrader told her she would be replaced immediately if she didn’t make it in.

Lindsay Lohan is a sad, sad person who can’t take care of herself, which is the obvious consequence when you’re spoiled nearly your entire life. I just wish that we could stop paying attention to it.

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  1. She’s a hot mess with a drug problem and awful parents. I think we should focus more of that hatred on murderers and pedophiles. We should be less outraged that Lindsay Lohan is a diva and more outraged that a man in Japan killed and ate a woman and spent two years in prison before he was released…

  2. I love how people are quick to judge because she is such a great tabloid fodder. I feel like Chris Crocker sometimes when I hear “water cooler” chat about Lindsay Lohan and her screwing up her own life. But gossip doesn’t encourage and isn’t how we move forward. Lindsay Lohan is screwing up her own life but the things people are saying about her certainly don’t help with the matter. She is frustrating no doubt because she was given a chance a lot would probably kill for, to showcase their talent for a lot of money and she’s blowing it all away. BUT she comes from a terrible family and was thrown into the public eye and placed under a microscope and it’s obviously hard for her to handle all at once. She needs her version of rock bottom and we need to let her do it. She is really sad and I’m always rooting for her to make her come back. I love Mean Girls and the Parent Trap and wish nothing but the best for her. LEAVE LINDSAY ALONE (I can’t believe I am not in the same category as Chris Crocker)

  3. You could say LL is a sad person, because she can’t drag her a** out of bed or you could say she’s a bad person, because she can’t drag her lazy a** out of bed while a crew is waiting for her. She endangered the budget with this behavior and has put a $600 tab on sushi, sake and vodka on top of it. Charlie Sheen paid $100k for her IRS debts and she didn’t even say thank you. That’s who LL is: a bad person who doesn’t give a crap about other people. So there is no reason to feel sorry for her…

  4. I thought it was an exceptional piece of journalism. Though I’m a blogger too, I do have a bad taste in my mouth for the cookie-cutter quick and snarky brief blog post, which are often not well thought-out or original. Rodrick’s NYT piece was less about Lindsay Lohan than a stark look at the ugly side of Hollywood, to me.

  5. Yeah, the better question is “Are we still talking about Lindsay Lohan at all?” I think she had a lot of chances, I think her old movies are great, I think she made enough money that she can go away now. I don’t really subscribe to the ideology that we have to keep giving people unlimited chances especially when they’re in the spotlight. She shouldn’t serve as the “bad” example, but she isn’t relevant. Let’s talk about people who are doing things! (and no, Liz & Dick doesn’t count)

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