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No one in their right mind — no one with any true character, in other words, no one who is NOT associated with the gossip TV industry, or who is not ingesting that bile constantly — is happy about the most recent news involving way-ward actress Lindsay Lohan, who is facing some potential real prison time now.
Lohan, still on probation for earlier chemical abuse issues, is facing the big time now.
She’s been charged with felony theft, claiming she stole a $2,500 necklace from a jeweler.
Meanwhile, the team that is trying to “handle” the situation, trying to keep her with a minimum of time behind bars and keep a diminishing chance of her ever making money as a celebrity again, is attempting to sound professional.
Her attorney/press agent was quoted as saying: “We vehemently deny these allegations and, if charges are filed, we will fight them in court, not in the press.”
Well, that would be a first.
Lohan, and the rest in her industry, live by the press, by the limelight that they pretend to hate.
Now, at this late date, as her star value is about to dunk under for the third time, we’re concerned about not living by the publicity agent, by the paparazzi?
Come on.
She and her entourage found out when they went into court that things have changed, according to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz: “You’re in a different situation now that a felony has been filed,” he told the starlet, Wednesday. “You’re no different than anyone else. So please, don’t push your luck.”
Frankly, she has been known for pushing her “luck” in courts, and who can blame her?
After all, hasn’t America told Lindsey Lohan and the rest of her over paid, over pampered and over exposed entertainers that they have the run of the world?
America is filled with young, hard working, professional, self-disciplined artists who are perfectly capable of doing the same level of work as a Lohan or a Robert Downey Jr., or ... you take your pick of pampered pets who get chance after chance.
Once in a great while — as is, frankly, the case with Downey — you will have one of them actually turn their lives around and return to giving Americans what they are paying for, which is great entertainment.
And American viewers are at fault for turning on the garbage machine that pumps celebrity nastiness into our homes, 24 hours a day.
TV is incredibly responsive. It has to be. It has fortunes tied up in every show.
If Americans would turn off the gossip and stop catering to programs that feature the spoiled brats of the moment, you’d see a great deal of this nastiness done away with.
And the entertainment industry would be better for it — not to mention the lives of these talented young people, which are being sacrificed.
— Chuck Smith