Lindsay Lohan, star of teen drama Mean Girls as well as her own
real-life celebrity psychodrama, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for
failing to attend her court-mandated alcohol education classes, thereby
violating her probation. TMZ reports
that the judge expressed concern over the "pattern of violations"
following Lindsay since she was placed on probation in 2007 following
her plea bargain in her DUI
case. Lindsay Lohan's increasingly erratic behavior and public
reputation for partying have made her an object of public scorn in the
entertainment world, but the blogosphere's mood shifted from contempt to heartfelt empathy and cautious optimism following Lohan's tear-drenched sentencing.
She Doesn't Deserve This Amber James at PopEater is "rooting for Team Lohan," expressing concern that Lohan as
being made an example of. "I am not denying that she's had some low
points (from her drug and alcohol abuse to her stints in rehab), but she
doesn't deserve to be turned into a Hollywood scapegoat," writes James.
"The gripping reality of her past reared its ugly head in court
yesterday, exposing a young and vulnerable woman who just needs help.
Imagine being 24 years old and having your every move critiqued.
Honestly, if paparazzi followed most twentysomethings, they would
probably make Lohan look like a saint. (There's a reason why college
franchises like 'Animal House' and 'Van Wilder' are so popular -- most
people can relate to it.) Yet the world is so fixated on her missteps
that they refuse to forgive and move on. What are we waiting for?"
You're Better Off This Way Hollywood
gossip fixture Perez
Hilton kept his vaguely snarky comments short. "Her time is better spent in rehab
anyway...We hope she learns her lesson!"
Why I'm Sorry for Lindsay At the Huffington Post,
TheLoop21.com contributor Keli
Goff lists five reasons underpinning her sympathy for the fallen
teen queen and "cyberspace's favorite punching bag." While Goff declares
that Lohan's incarceration was to be expected -- "Any of us who read
Fair cover story in which a defiant Lohan proclaimed, "Yeah,
motherf*%ker I'm fine," (a catchphrase that even inspired its own shirt),
all knew that "Uh ... no Lindsay, you're not."" -- Goff devotes the
majority of her post to lambasting the Lohan family:
family is perfect. In fact the definition of a "normal" American family
is usually one that has simply mastered the art of being functionally
dysfunctional. (Shout out to my own.) But when you look at Lohan's
family, from the
mother who's exploited her as a meal ticketrecently
as an ice-cream
ticket) for much of her life, to the
father who's pimped out her privacy to the highest bidder in
exchange for his own shot at Z-list fame, it's enough to drive any sane
person to insanity...and frankly to drive a sober person to drink. The
biggest difference between the child stars who become Ron Howard or
Jodie Foster, versus those who become Gary Coleman? You guessed it. The
It's Only Up From Here Crushable's Erin
Carlson hopes that Lohan's stay in prison might be the darkness
before the dawn for the troubles actress. "Here's to Lindsay getting the
help she needs and, someday, the career comeback she's been trying to
launch against her own personal demons."
Remember 'The Parent Trap?' Rosie Grey at the
Village Voice laments
Lohan's transformation from fledgling actor to hot mess. "Lindsay has to
report for jail on the 20th, so I guess she won't be making any cameos
on her mom and sister's proposed
reality show for a while. Poor girl. It's been a strange trip since
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