It’s been a tumultuous week for Lindsay Lohan, that adorable redhead Hollywood starlet everyone seems to have given up on–everyone except Oprah, that is, who gave Lohan a reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network entitled Lindsay. The eight-part docuseries was fetching viewership numbers less than one million, which is never good news for a reality show, and it was during Lindsay‘s season finale that Lohan revealed she had suffered a miscarriage. Mere days later, Lohan is still creating buzz with her “Sex List,” or a roster of all her sexual partners.
Now, we’ve all suffered Lohan-whiplash over the past several years with her stints in and out of rehab, prison, and homosexuality (does anyone else remember when she was a lesbian?). Like most 20-somethings, the actress is struggling to find identity and belonging. Unlike most 20-somethings, her quarter-life crisis is really, really annoying. Even more annoying is that her crisis has been made into a TV show. But what really irks me most is that Lohan’s miscarriage became just an act out on said TV show–a final gasp before breaking to commercial.
Losing a child in pregnancy is perhaps the most devastating thing a woman can experience, so I am not going to downplay the tragedy, or what Lohan must be experiencing. I am, however, going to chastise Lohan for choosing to share it on her OWN reality show. That kind of trauma is not meant to be tabloid fodder. Some critics are speculating that Lohan is using her miscarriage (or making it up, which is unforgivable) as a means for better ratings, but I don’t think anyone could stoop that low–not even a Kardashian.
Adding fuel to the fire are the recent headlines about Lohan’s “Sex List,” which purportedly included big names like James Franco, Justin Timberlake, and Colin Farrell.
The “Sex List,” as it is being called, was allegedly part of Lohan’s rehabilitation treatment at the Betty Ford Clinic. According to an E!Online article, Lohan confided the list to her sponsor and her sponsor alone. Lohan is quoted as saying that the list was part of the 12 Steps followed by Alcoholics Anonymous. “It’s step number five or step number eight…It’s your sexual inventory. That was in my Betty Ford book, so that was really personal to my sponsor.”
In the 12 Steps Program, Step Five is admitting to one’s wrongs and Step Eight is listing everyone one has harmed–so yes, it seems having sex with Lindsay Lohan is as harmful as you thought.
But even more harmful, it seems, is living your life in the spotlight. My suggestion to Lohan is to step away from the cameras, from the interviews, from the media. Put some space between yourself and your fame and figure out who you are, what you want, and when you’re making the Parent Trap sequel.
Get it together, Lindsay. As a fellow Ginger, I am rooting for you.
Anna Turner is Brilliant or Insane’s managing editor and pop culture diva. Learn more about Anna on our Team Page. Follow her on Twitter here.