As you media watchers out there may know, actress Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail Tuesday for her failure to attend alcohol education classes after a series of drunk driving charges dating back to 2007.
I realize that the starlet has a reputation as an out-of-control wild child who thinks she’s immune to the law, but I can’t help feeling sad when I think of the talented young actress from The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Mean Girls. My daughters and I have watched and enjoyed all these movies, and it’s a shame to see so much talent and vivacity go down the drain because of alcohol and drug abuse.
I’ve cringed these past few years as my daughters bore witness to Ms. Lohan’s very public downfall, and I found myself hoping she’d turn herself around. I cringe now at the idea of her public “hanging.”
Yes, she should pay the price for driving under the influence, but that doesn’t mean we have to revel in her downfall.
In an article on Forbes online, Kiri Blakeley points to the discrepancy between the media frenzy over Lindsay Lohan’s drunk driving arrests and the relative indifference to male celebrities who behave badly.
One of the reasons for the discrepancy, she writes, has to do with economics—more women than men buy tabloids and magazines, and women supposedly like to read about other women who have it all being taken down a peg or two. It’s a case of give the people what they want.
But is that really what we want? I, for one, would love to see a picture of a clear-eyed, radiant Lindsay Lohan. Then, instead of clicking my tongue and saying to my daughters, “Did you see what happened to Lindsay Lohan?” I could point to her and say, “Look. Anything’s possible. She turned her life around.”
Some people never pull themselves out of the pit of addiction. But there are so many who do. Here’s hoping Lindsay Lohan–and all the others who have to hit rock bottom before they change–can beat their addiction.