Megan Fox clarifies her ‘Lindsay Lohan is unreliable, like Marilyn Monroe’ remarks

Two days ago, I covered Megan Fox’s February Esquire cover story. I actually didn’t hate Megan in the interview – I mean, she said a ton of somewhat crazy things, but she didn’t seem as spitefully stupid as she has in past interviews. I said that Megan actually seemed to be growing up and maturing a bit, and I stand by that. At one point, Megan is talking about her old (fug) Marilyn Monroe tattoo (on her forearm) and how she’s getting it removed because she now sees Marilyn as a powerless victim rather than a sex symbol betrayed by her tragic sensuality. Or something. Here’s the relevant part:

She holds out her right arm to show me her tattoo of Marilyn Monroe. All that remains of Marilyn is a few drops of black against skin that is the color the moon possesses in the thin air of northern winters. She decided to get it removed, and after a single treatment the sex symbol of another age is barely recognizable. “I feel like I willed it be gone,” Fox says. “They told me it was going to take six sessions and it’s nearly gone in one.”

Other tattoos may be going soon as well. A quote on her rib cage reads: “There once was a little girl who never knew love until a boy broke her heart.” She thinks it’s stupid now. And she isn’t entirely sure about the line from Nietzsche either: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

But Marilyn will go first.

The reason is that Marilyn Monroe lost control. “I started reading about her and realized that her life was incredibly difficult. It’s like when you visualize something for your future. I didn’t want to visualize something so negative.”

But she was a great actress, a great icon, a figure of power.

“She wasn’t powerful at the time. She was sort of like Lindsay. She was an actress who wasn’t reliable, who almost wasn’t insurable…. She had all the potential in the world, and it was squandered,” she says, curled defensively on the sofa. “I’m not interested in following in those footsteps.”

[From Esquire]

Part of the reason I said Megan seemed to be maturing was because of this section of the interview – Megan has assessed Marilyn Monroe’s true standing in Hollywood, the real history apart from the mythology and death-cult that surrounds Marilyn’s memory, and Megan decided she wanted no part of it. Her comparison of Marilyn to Lindsay is particularly devastating, because that’s the one way in which Lindsay does not want to be compared to Marilyn. Unfortunately for all of us,. Megan took to Facebook to clarify her remarks on The Cracken:

In the newly released article that I did for Esquire, there is a reference that is made to Lindsay Lohan that I would like to clarify before it snowballs into something silly.

The journalist and I were discussing why I was removing my Marilyn Monroe tattoo, especially since in his opinion, Marilyn was such a powerful and iconic figure for women.

I attempted to draw parallels between Lindsay and Marilyn in order to illustrate my point that while Marilyn may be an icon now, sadly she was not respected and taken seriously while she was still living.

Both women were gifted actresses, whose natural talent was lost amongst the chaos and incessant media scrutiny surrounding their lifestyles and their difficulties adhering to studio schedules etc.

I intended for this to be a factual comparison of two women with similar experiences in Hollywood. Unfortunately it turned into me offering up what is really much more of an uneducated opinion.

It was most definitely not my intention to criticize or degrade Lindsay.

I would never want her to feel bullied, as she does not deserve that.

I was not always speaking eloquently during this interview and this miscommunication is my fault.

[From Megan’s Facebook]

Oh, whatever. Megan’s initial assessment was dead-on, and dare I say, it was even complimentary towards Lindsay considering that at NO POINT has Lindsay ever had Marilyn’s talent or beauty. Megan’s Facebook clarification was just more “Pity poor Crackie” stuff – although I guess we should give Megan bonus points for attempting to explain herself when she said something controversial? The 2009 version of Megan Fox would never have done that.

Photos courtesy of Esquire.


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  1. hannah says:

    God, that Facebook entry is so badly written.

  2. Aria says:

    I always had (and have) a soft spot for Megan. I hate what she has done with her face. I hope she has stopped for good fucking with her face.

    I don’t care for Lindsay. She has had many opportunities to turn around her lifestyle and yet she is still a mess. Do you remember both starred a Disney movie, “Drama Queen something” where Megan was the mean girl??? For old times sakes!

  3. Riana says:

    I get why she clarified, Hollywood PR bullshit.

    But her initial comment was so spot-on.

    I’ve never gotten the hero worship of Marilyn Monroe, I suppose it’s one of those things of time softening a person’s image. Marilyn has so many traits people skewer other celebrities over.

    She was a mess.

    I think that’s probably part of why Lindsey loves her to bits, she was a trainwreck who was still adored by the public and that’s Lindsey’s fantasy.

    • Lauren says:

      Well that’s just it really. It shows the shallow vapidness of a lot of people that just go on and on about how she was the perfect woman. But nobody is perfect and Marilyn was perhaps a standard of physical attractiveness but probably resented and would resent to some degree the focus on this. I mean men since she was a little girl would abuse and objectify her as a sexual object. Who would want to be reminded of that? Who would really want to have to live with the depression and the fact that such things never go away? That her self worth is all but measured as sexual fantasy? Sure people will argue that Marilyn played up that persona but that is not uncommon of people who have been abused. They take love from where they can get it and believe what the abuser ingrained in there minds.

      My distaste comes from all the Marilyn worshippers that show no interest in that past. They just continue to objectify her as some perception of perfect sex appeal. I don’t hear many people talk about having any interest in knowing that poor girl Norma Gene. It seems people are more captivated by the glamour and because the sad stuff is unpleasant they continue the curiosity peaks as far as her status as a beauty icon and sex symbol. They may acknowledge that she was depressed but it is sort of romanticized in a way I liken to how Victorian culture romanticized the disease of consumption.

      Her struggles are seeing as something tragically beautiful, nothing more and nothing less for a culture obsessed with the perfect exterior and not what lies beneath.

      • OMSS says:

        I agree. My interest in Marilyn Monroe began because I wanted to understand why she is so adored and find out what made her her. I watched way too many documentaries on her and I have read a feminist historian’s book on her life- I thought it would be a more truthful and objective account on her life. Not sure if I want to read another bio on her. It gave me great insight on what made Norma Jeane and how ‘Marilyn Monroe’ came about. This is often missed or skimmed over in documentaries, films, and many books on her life.

        I think you pretty much nailed it. She was human and riddled with issues. She courted the fame but hated being seen as a ‘sexual object’ and a ‘dumb blonde’. She was well-read, a perfectionist, and incredible driven.

  4. Eleonor says:

    Whoever is managing her pr is a genius, whatever they are doing, are doing it right.
    And I get what the tatto thing is: when I was young I was so fascinated by famous quote, you know, it seemed cool, and with age you see them and think “really? I was THAT stupid?”

  5. Leek says:

    That’s hilarious that she felt the need to clarify! As if saying something bad about Lindsay might actually hurt Megan’s career. So comical. Lindsay is an idiot. Everyone knows it and and Megan probably gained some fans for what she said anyway. Take back the take back, Megan!

  6. poppy says:

    i’m guessing she now feels powerful and that posing in her underwear is finally not devaluing?
    her comment is not off and not anything everyone else hasn’t already figured out. pr is pr, good or bad, and now that she looks like a whiter thinner kim kartrashian (cat face, fake body parts) and has proven she has little talent outside of “devaluing” herself, she has got to say and do anything to stay remotely relevant.
    ava gardner. in her dreams.

  7. bopit says:

    “All that remains of Marilyn is a few drops of black against skin that is the color the moon possesses in the thin air of northern winters.” who is this author, Robert Frost?

  8. oh dear says:

    if you read between the lines, ms fox is clearly into the new age stuff. hence why she doesnt want negativity in her life, hence why she clarified and showed compassion towards lindseys nightmarish life choices.

    when exactly has it become deplorable to show compassion? i must have missed the memo.

  9. NeNe says:

    OMG! It’s time for this dumba** biotch to STFU!!! She’s only supposed to look pretty. Nobody gives a flying f**k what she has to say. Her 15 minutes are so over!!!

  10. A says:

    “Both women were gifted actresses…”


  11. Good boy! says:

    Gosh! Just leave her alone..It’s not her fault that she is pretty!(surgery or not) Many other ‘HANDSOME’ male celebs have made worse comments but they are not persecuted as much as female celebs! Does she do Drugs,Booze or anything antisocial? No
    Don’t just hate for selfish reasons..Duh

  12. Becky says:

    So now that all the mainstream media is calling Lohan out on her career as an escort, Hollywood is gonna have a back lash of sympathetic responses?

  13. ParisPucker says:

    wow, she’s not as dumb as i thought she was…go figure

  14. Annie says:

    She didn’t lie!

    Also, it’s always the train wreck of women who admire Marilyn Monroe. Yeah she was beautiful and charismatic. But girl was an addict and a total mess who met the grave she dug herself and no smart woman should see her as a role model. She’s the Saint Patron of Train Wreck Actresses. Like somehow they hope that whatever tears them up will eventually help them become legends, just like with her. A ~broken angel~. No, she actually was very talented, insanely photogenic and very beautiful. That’s why people can’t forget her 50 years after her death.

  15. Happy21 says:

    Score another one for Megan and her PR team :)

  16. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    New age old age, new pr, old pr, doesn’t matter the public’s over her – she can’t act and has no life, spark, verve or personality, and pr can’t get you that – say what you want about the world of fashion but the 90s supermodels could come alive on the page or in ads, this chick just fades into the page; note the vacancy of her eyes in the pics never would you see that from cindy,christy, linda, naomi, etc.

  17. sara says:

    Nice pr try to make her relevant again for 2 minutes. Just go away already Megan. Photoshop makes her look good though.

  18. Jenny says:

    Her face looks so jacked! She used to be really gorgeous. I hate this Hollyweird trend of pretty girls f*ing with their faces!

  19. dcypher1 says:

    Lindsay wishes she was like marilyn. The only simalarities the cracken has to her is her unreliability and drug use. The cracken dosent even compare to marilyn. Marilyn actually had a more f*cked up life than cracken. She was an unwanted child to a mentally challenged prostitute. And was in and out of orphaneges and foster homes. She just never had a family unlike the cracken who had a family. Just a really messed up one.

  20. DI says:

    What a dumbass – you would think she would know more about someone before putting them on her body.

    Marilyn was intelligent and LIndsay’s not.

  21. Mouse says:

    Wow, this bimbo can’t stop making an ass of herself every time she speaks and she won’t stop talking! Didn’t she have to do some similar backtracking b/cuz of some asinine statement she made in a French magazine article and she blamed it on misinterpretation? Sounds like she was being catty to Lindsay cuz even Lohan’s unreliability was chosen over Megan’s horrible acting for that Liz role. Enjoy modeling for a beer company at Carnival!