Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan is our fault.

Lindsay Lohan is a 26 year old woman who makes her money from acting and modeling. She has issues with substance abuse and she has had multiple run ins with the law.  This week, she’s been charged with four misdemeanor.  One happend in New York City, after she punched someone in the face. The other three happend in California, related to a car accident.  She’s probably going to jail.  Again.  I want to remind everyone that she’s 26 years old.

To put it in perspective, I’m 35 and I’ve never been arrested. I’ve never even felt handcuffs.  I’ve been padded down a few times, but I’m a black man, so that’s standard.  The idea that this young woman has been through so much hell at such a young age is unbelievable.

Here’s the truth: She’s going to die.  She probably won’t make it to thirty years of age.

We need to be honest with ourselves. Look at what she’s doing. Most people that exist on this planet never, ever get into trouble. Most of you don’t even know someone who committed a crime.  But Lindsay Lohan is on a path of complete and  utter self-destruction.  We see it.  We are causing it.

I’m going to make a pretty bold statement and discuss why Lindsay Lohan is our fault. You’ll disagree, but that’s fine.

Lindsay Lohan is our fault because she fits the narrative of a Hollywood disaster  She fits the narrative perfectly.  Young girl with lots of talent makes one large mistake after the other until finally she overdoses or she drives her car off a cliff or she commits suicide. We mourn her, post pictures of her on our Facebook pages, talk about how talented she was and how it was a complete waste that she died.  We talk about the problems with our society, how she never got the help she deserved and how we should double our efforts so this never happens again.

Remember Amy Winehouse.

Would Lindsay Lohan still have these issues if she wasn’t famous? Yes. But that doesn’t make it any less of our fault.  We think it’s funny that she is destroying her life and we are waiting for her to just completely explode. She isn’t real to us. She is a movie star. Movie stars don’t really exist. They die in the movies and then we see them again walking on the red carpet. Lindsay Lohan is as real to us as any fictional character. We care about her only in the context of caring about her narrative.  Once we see how it ends, we’ll care about something else.

Lindsay Lohan is our fault because every man and woman who is actively killing themselves is our fault. We should do more to help them.  In my heart, I know I can’t help Lindsay Lohan or Amy Winehouse or Kurt Cobain or every other person who needs help. That doesn’t help my guilt.  It actually makes me feel even more guilty.