The Internet Pities Lindsay Lohan's 90-Day Jail Sentence

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Lindsay Lohan, star of teen drama Mean Girls as well as her own real-life celebrity psychodrama, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for failing to attend her court-mandated alcohol education classes, thereby violating her probation. TMZ reports that the judge expressed concern over the "pattern of violations" following Lindsay since she was placed on probation in 2007 following her plea bargain in her DUI case. Lindsay Lohan's increasingly erratic behavior and public reputation for partying have made her an object of public scorn in the entertainment world, but the blogosphere's mood shifted from contempt to heartfelt empathy and cautious optimism following Lohan's tear-drenched sentencing.

  • She Doesn't Deserve This  Amber James at PopEater is "rooting for Team Lohan," expressing concern that Lohan as being made an example of. "I am not denying that she's had some low points (from her drug and alcohol abuse to her stints in rehab), but she doesn't deserve to be turned into a Hollywood scapegoat," writes James. "The gripping reality of her past reared its ugly head in court yesterday, exposing a young and vulnerable woman who just needs help. Imagine being 24 years old and having your every move critiqued. Honestly, if paparazzi followed most twentysomethings, they would probably make Lohan look like a saint. (There's a reason why college franchises like 'Animal House' and 'Van Wilder' are so popular -- most people can relate to it.) Yet the world is so fixated on her missteps that they refuse to forgive and move on. What are we waiting for?"
  • You're Better Off This Way  Hollywood gossip fixture Perez Hilton kept his vaguely snarky comments short. "Her time is better spent in rehab anyway...We hope she learns her lesson!"
  • Why I'm Sorry for Lindsay  At the Huffington Post, contributor Keli Goff lists five reasons underpinning her sympathy for the fallen teen queen and "cyberspace's favorite punching bag." While Goff declares that Lohan's incarceration was to be expected -- "Any of us who read the Vanity Fair cover story in which a defiant Lohan proclaimed, "Yeah, motherf*%ker I'm fine," (a catchphrase that even inspired its own shirt), all knew that "Uh ... no Lindsay, you're not."" -- Goff devotes the majority of her post to lambasting the Lohan family:
No one's family is perfect. In fact the definition of a "normal" American family is usually one that has simply mastered the art of being functionally dysfunctional. (Shout out to my own.) But when you look at Lohan's family, from the mother who's exploited her as a meal ticketrecently as an ice-cream ticket) for much of her life, to the father who's pimped out her privacy to the highest bidder in exchange for his own shot at Z-list fame, it's enough to drive any sane person to insanity...and frankly to drive a sober person to drink. The biggest difference between the child stars who become Ron Howard or Jodie Foster, versus those who become Gary Coleman? You guessed it. The fam.
  • It's Only Up From Here  Crushable's Erin Carlson hopes that Lohan's stay in prison might be the darkness before the dawn for the troubles actress. "Here's to Lindsay getting the help she needs and, someday, the career comeback she's been trying to launch against her own personal demons."
  • Remember 'The Parent Trap?'  Rosie Grey at the Village Voice laments Lohan's transformation from fledgling actor to hot mess. "Lindsay has to report for jail on the 20th, so I guess she won't be making any cameos on her mom and sister's proposed reality show for a while. Poor girl. It's been a strange trip since this, huh:"

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