As Kaiser reported earlier this morning, Michael Lohan held some kind of asinine one man press conference yesterday begging his daughter Lindsay to get help for what he claims is a prescription drug addiction. (I’m basically reporting the same story in my way, having written this whole thing before seeing Kaiser’s draft. I don’t want to scrap my work and we take much different perspectives on the story, so it’s worth publishing too.)
We’ve heard all kinds of reports that Lindsay is in desperate need of help and it seems to be true just based on an outsider’s perspective. She looks glassy eyed and high in just about every picture, she recently fell into a cactus during a night out in which she was photographed sleeping in her car, and she’s been in deep denial about her issues – claiming that she’s “working and healthy.” What it is she’s working on is unclear. When she’s not in a public spat and defending herself against all perceived slights she’s either crawling out of bars or shopping.
Lindsay’s mother defends her daughter by infantilizing her and repeatedly calls her a child. Lindsay does the same thing, and recently asked George Lopez if he had children after he talked smack about her on his show. It’s as if she thinks she’s above reproach because she’s just a kid making honest mistakes. Lindsay will be 24 in July, and she needs to stop thinking of herself as this helpless child. She’s a drug addict and needs to take responsibility for her actions. Unfortunately by publicly shaming her, her dad is only pushing her further away.
A “friend” of Lindsay’s who claims to be her business partner (Dina?) told Radar Online that Michael’s actions were “inappropriate” and that “public judgments” affect Lindsay personally and mess up a bunch of projects she’s working on. Mmmhmm. Lindsay’s mom also used the old “Lindsay’s a child” argument to TMZ.
Here’s what Michael said and how Lindsay’s “friend” and mom responded:
Michael Lohan’s ‘press conference’
“People around her that know Lindsay know she’s not ok,” Lohan said. “I get calls from some of her closest friends when they’re out with her during the night. I don’t want her to be a statistic. The press is already writing obits for her. How sick is that?”
“Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures,” Lohan said. “I’ve tried every way possible to reach out to my daughter. I’ve called, texted…in difficult times she reaches out to me for help. Last week she called me when she fell into the cactus. She said ‘Daddy, I need security.’ This is not about publicity. I’m beat up in the press. It hurts the people around me.”
“If you’re an enabler, get the hell out of the way,” he said. “If Lindsay won’t sit down privately, my attorneys and I will take other measures. I just hope Lindsay is accommodating. Lindsay needs a private setting where she can detox and get individual and family therapy. That’s the program I have in place. It’s here on Long Island. I’m sick and tired of all the nonsense.”
Lindsay’s ‘friend’ responds
“As one of Lindsay’s closest friends, business partner, and former day-to-day manager… the news of any type of press conference saddens me for the simple fact that this is her FATHER. I normally do not comment or engage publicly, but it is important for people to understand how inappropriate today’s actions are. As far as the media, public, and fans are concerned; Lindsay is working on numerous projects and anyone who makes public judgments of her, it affects her more than personally. It affects her ability to do more work and prosper in all regards. I stand by my friend, always have and always will.”
Dina Lohan: Lindsay’s a child
“I have a criminal protective order against him ’til 2011. He’s 1 year behind in child support and he’s using this [Lindsay’s problems] as a diversion.”
“Lindsay is in good hands. Everything is fine. He’s trashing a child he doesn’t even see.”
Lindsay really has her work cut out for her with that man as a father. That said, I agree that she needs to go to rehab. I’ve seen friends get addicted to prescription painkillers and it’s insidious and can be deadly. She’s not going to be able to change until she’s ready, though, and if she goes to rehab now it’s like her dad has won. This tactic isn’t going to work at all, but it’s more about Michael and his need for publicity anyway. He’s already released really sad private phone calls with his weeping daughter. He’s never had her best interests at heart.
Also, I would just like to say that I’ve told Kaiser to take it a little easier on Lindsay and to stop casually calling her a crack addict. (Kaiser has changed a little, but she has her style and I respect that. Plus, I can have a stick up my ass and Kaiser is funnier than I am.) It’s not like I feel sorry for the girl – she made her bed – but I’m honestly worried that she’s going to die. I felt horrible for ever ripping on Heath Ledger after he passed unexpectedly, and as Lindsay’s dad has pointed out a lot of people wouldn’t be surprised if she overdosed.