Lindsay Lohan Diminishes #MeToo Movement in New Interview (Updated)
Update 8/13/18: Lindsay Lohan has apologized. We’ve updated the story below.
Oh, joy, actress Lindsay Lohan‘s back in the news. She was interviewed for The Times, a London newspaper. Though the interview was mostly a fluff piece, at the end, the writer asked Lohan about #MeToo and … boy, the Lindsay Lohan #MeToo comments were not good. She blames victims for not going to the police, and says speaking out against their abuse “makes them look weak.”
The interview, before the Lindsay Lohan #MeToo section, is mostly an excuse for Lohan to brag about what she’s done, albeit in a tone-deaf way. For example, in talking about her humanitarian work — including efforts to getting children out of the war-torn region of Aleppo, Syria — she says she’d like to adopt a child, “Probably from Russia. I want a little blond Russian boy,” as if shopping from a catalog.
There’s also an amusing line where the Times interviewer says, “Everything Lindsay Lohan says or does almost breaks the internet.” He then cites the time she wore a headscarf in Syria and said she studied the Koran as “[putting] the web in a tailspin.”
Legitimately asking: Did anyone really care about this? We found a few articles, but mostly just quoting her saying she was “racially profiled.”
Though she looks bad throughout the entire interview, the Lindsay Lohan #MeToo section is downright enraging. She initially demurred, saying she had no #MeToo-style experiences to talk about.
“So, I don’t really have anything to say. I can’t speak on something I didn’t live, right?” she says, adding, “Look, I am very supportive of women. Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways.”
Fine, right? Not a lot of content there, but nothing objectionable. Unfortunately, she kept talking.
“If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment. You make it a real thing by making it a police report,” she says.
Then she adds, “I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women. You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention. That is taking away from the fact that it happened.”
And then, as a coda, she offers her own experience for guidance, “I had a fight with my ex on this very beach. What did I do? Nothing. I just took over the beach. The best revenge is success, right?”
So, yep — if you’ve been sexually abused by a Hollywood power player and get blackballed from the industry for speaking out, just get successful. But of course, this is nothing new for Lohan. She previously called for people to leave poor Harvey Weinstein alone.
(We should also mention that her last feature film was The Canyons, in which she co-starred with James Deen, who was accused of raping fellow pornstar Stoya. Deen replaced James Franco, who had also been accused of sexual misconduct against women.)
We don’t care how awesome Mean Girls was. Lindsay Lohan, you are officially cancelled when it comes to speaking about sexual harassment.
Though it took her a week, on Aug. 12, Lohan reached out to People to apologize for her comments. She said, “The quote solely related to my hope that a handful of false testimonies out of a tsunami of heroic voices do not serve to dilute the importance of the #MeToo movement, and all of us who champion it. However, I have since learned how statements like mine are seen as hurtful, which was never my intent. I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused.”
She added: “I feel very strongly about the #MeToo movement and have the utmost respect and admiration for the women brave enough to come forward and speak out about their experiences. Their testimony has served to protect those who can’t speak, and give strength to those who have struggled to have their voices heard.”
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Featured image by Jude Edginton/The Times