Lindsay Lohan: Role model for girls, NOT celebrity punch line

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Lindsay LohanWhat's up with all the Lindsay Lohan hate? Ever since word of her upcoming Vanity Fair interview broke, I've been shocked by the comments that have followed - everything ranging from dismissiveness to sheer vitriol. I went to the front page of AIMToday.com this afternoon, and the slug below the headline regarding the interview about her bulimia was, "Tell us something we don't know" or words to that effect.

WTF, folks? This is a talented young woman who's under enormous pressure in her career. On top of which, her family life is a simmering bucket of Hell Stew. Would YOU have problems if you'd been raised by Michael Lohan? You can bet your ass you would have. And don't get me started on Dina Lohan. Where was her concern for her daughter in all of this? It took Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey to sit Lindsay down and tell her she had a problem. Isn't that the type of tough love a parent should deliver?

This may be one of the few times I've said this about a celebrity, but: let's lay off. She saw she had a problem, and she dealt with it. Good for her. Instead of excoriating her, we should be holding her up as a role model for our children, particularly our daughters. Eating disorders are rampant in this country, in no small part thanks to the industry to which Miss Lohan belongs. Kids need to hear more from other girls who have been down that road, and who rescued themselves from certain disaster. Here's hoping Lindsay learns from all of this, and takes time out of her busy schedule to help other girls straighten themselves out.

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