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The Lindsay-Paris-Britney Effect

I was in a mainstream grocery store today and I purchased a People magazine at the register because I actually wanted to read about Lindsay Lohan’s recent, public problems with drugs and alcohol. “From adorable child star to out-of-control party girl arrested for DUI. Can anyone save her?” the headline reads.

You know what I think? I think this is such a fertile time. This is a cleansing. My kids are going to learn about rehab before they learn what a gin and tonic is (just as they knew the Grinch before they really had Christmas down pat).


While I’m sad for the confused, intoxicated young ladies in the public eye these days, I feel us as a culture examining what a meaningful life really is. Yeah, I guess this makes us all vultures, gazing (in Lohan’s and Spears’ cases) upon photos of pretty girls passed out, with their panties down, but I guess we’re needing to do that as a people, needing to see it all, so we can truly fathom that frolicking too much with the wine god Dionysus is a waste of the divine resources we’ve been given to set the world straight again.

How startling to watch these promising young women squander their sacred goddess energy! The message then becomes: Let’s not be that way, let’s harness true radiance, let’s get to work.


Don’t you think all the public exposure to these sexy babes gone bad is illuminating? We’ve been sent so much information on this in the last year. Shouldn’t we intuit a deeper meaning? I know, I know. Lovely ladies have been flaming out since before Marilyn Monroe, but the vivid, detailed intimacy our media allows us now seems to make these cases not only more public, but more cautionary somehow. What do you think?

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posted June 5, 2007 at 2:42 pm

On Paris,Lindsey and Britney, I agree that this should be a wake up call to all teenage girls and young women everywhere. But unfortunately, the media doesn’t intelligently bring the point home that these young women are living a lifestyle that could ruin the average person. They glamorize what they where, where they go, who they date or break up with, how thin, how rich and the list goes on. Its a sad commentary on how shallow and uncaring how society is becoming. We derive pleasure watching other crash and burn. Mother Father God help us.

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posted June 5, 2007 at 6:10 pm

Thoughts: 1. All these girls have absent and/or loser fathers. 2. Why is there not an equal amount of attention on drunk young male stars (as opposed to starlets)out tomcatting around, drinking to excess, etc. I can’t help but feel that there is an element of sexism here.

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Shelley Ackerman

posted June 5, 2007 at 9:26 pm

OK Amy: After at first being puzzled by this posting (What about the phenomenon of drunk starlets-in-need-of-rehab raises MY consciousness, and why is taking up CM’s prime real estate space?)I thought about it and realized that the very reason for my confusion over it was at the root of the issue for these sad young girls: They are being consumed by the spotlight and scrutinized by the public long before their true identities have had a chance to take shape, and there’s no solid core developed with which to fend off the overwhelming amount of energy that accompanies the hooplah. I guess all they think can do to buffer it is to obliterate themselves with whatever substance is around. It’s sad, but unless we as a collective are willing to change the rules of fame, (who we idolize, and for what reason – and are encouraged to value talent, soul substance, and genuine achievement above empty beauty) there will be not less but more of this on the cover of People. I just hope it never hits the front page of the NY Times.

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posted June 6, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Anytime I see a person that is so out of control like Lindsey and Britney all I can think is they are SCREAMING for help. Both of these young women have worked beyond what any normal person could handle let alone being under a spotlight. They aren’t mature enough to look at the people that are around them and say STOP I’m going to take a year off and take care of myself. The almighty dollar is looming instead the spiritual health of the person.

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