Lindsay Lohan was arrested again and is back in rehab. Britney Spears is blogging theology and confessions. Paris Hilton is talking about how much she dreads her upcoming jail sentence. Who decided that these women’s tales were newsworthy?
I hope that someday in the near future, the party girls that the tabloids love and the networks exploit will be able to step forward and give a little bit of productive guidance, or something redeeming. As the father of three girls, I just don’t see anything else these ladies have done that’s worthy of the non-stop coverage.
My heart goes out to them, though.
Yesterday, the tide may have started to turn, as Britney posted some thoughts on her website, saying she “truly hit rock bottom” and calling rehab a “very humbling place.”
“I was like a bad kid running around with ADD,” the 25-year-old pop star writes about her adventures partying with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan after she filed for divorce, which of course, came just two months after giving birth to their second child, Jayden James.
“I had a manager from a long time ago come in and try to direct me and my life after I got my divorce,” Spears also wrote. “I was so overwhelmed I think that I was in a little shock too. I didn’t know who to go to.”
I disagree with her comment that “I think it is actually normal for a young girl to go out after a huge divorce,” because the only thing that made it “huge” was the false sense of big-ness our society gives to someone who can sing or show up in a video. But I respect her candor in confessing “a lot of insecurities from when I was little are coming up again; it’s like we are never good enough… I am only human people and I love you for still loving me.”
She closes her blog by theologizing: “We will never really understand or figure out life completely. That’s God’s job.”
As for Lindsay, the young actress is back in rehab and is also volunteering with an outstanding organization called “Teen Challenge.” She has a chance to grow a bit and share the beginnings of something redeeming when the time comes. Outside of God’s grace and prayers from those who love her, I don’t hold out hope for Paris doing the same, but who knows, she’s making an effort, and God is capable of much more grace and spiritual power than anyone of us or our media.
But someday, someone will answer me as to who it was that decided these young, immature and hurting ladies deserve the cultural pulpit? It’s obviously not bringing peace or fulfillment for them.
I think we ought to all say a prayer for each of them but tune out the television and print news of their latest exploits.