By Niki D'Andrea
I am not a fan of Lindsay Lohan's music. I am not a fan of her movies, either. I've ignored much of the media hype surrounding her party habits and dysfunctional family. But I have to admit, I totally love her MySpace blog.
Lohan's blog has made headlines lately because -- well, because it's really written by Lindsay Lohan, but also because she 1) posted a tirade about her father, and 2) wrote a political blog that commented on Sarah Palin's announcement that her unmarried 17 year-old daughter was pregnant.
Here are the first two paragraphs from Lohan's politics blog (posted Tuesday, September 2):
"I've been watching the news all morning, like everyone else - and i keep hearing about the issues related to 'teen pregnancy'- It's all related to Sarah Palin and her 17 year old unmarried pregnant daughter. Well, I think the real problem comes from the fact that we are taking the focus off of getting to know Sarah Palin and her political views, and what she can do to make our country a less destructive place. Its distracting from the real issues, the real everyday problems that this country experiences.
I am concerned with the fact that Sarah Palin brought the attention to her daughter's pregnancy, rather than all world issues and what she believes she could possibly do to change them-if elected. I get Sarah Palin's views against abortion, but i would much prefer to hear more about what she can do for our country rather than how her daughter is going to have a child no matter what."
I think Lohan has a point. And a personality and a brain, even (the rest of the entry details her thoughts on teen pregnancy). As consumers of celebrity culture, it becomes easy for people to stop viewing celebrities as human beings like the rest of us (but with way more money and fame), and just view them as these celluloid creatures that don't exist when 50 million camera flashes aren't going off in their faces. And we are used to them pleading for their constantly-endangered privacy, and using things like MySpace blogs to plug their next album, tour, TV appearance, etc. (or more often, have somebody else promo-blog it for them).
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But Lohan's blog reads like a casual diary, charged emotional moments -- though not exhibitionism -- and all. Aside from going off about her father and getting more personal than she ever would with a reporter/stalker (she writes of her father: "It really hurts, because i have tried- after all that my mother and siblings have gone through, i really tried to make things work- For the hope of having a father again-wanting things to change"), Lohan also blogs about looking for Dixie Cups ice cream ("anyone that can help me find them-please please please, post it for me to see!!!!"), getting stalked by paparazzi at the store and grilled about her sister's implants ("i was caught out of nowhere so i didn't really come up with the proper response at the time.. there's many other things that i felt like saying, but why give it to a random guy with a camera so that he can make money!"), and the music she's currently listening to (Annie Lennox, Rod Stewart, Augustana).
Is it for real? Well, the blog is on Lohan's official MySpace page, and Yahoo! News reports that Lohan's publicist, Leslie Sloane-Zelnik, confirmed that Lohan had written the post about her father. And since the rest of the entries use the first-person "I," it's pretty safe to say Lohan authors her own blog.
It's worth checking out. By becoming her own first-person source of information on MySpace, Lohan not only appears more personable, but whip-smart, as well. Why would fans buy paparazzi B.S. for false or diluted information when they can get the Lohan lowdown right from the redhead's mouth?