Young people look up to other young people. Unfortunately, many of the role models young people choose to use to model are not worthy of imitation or the attention. If you ever needed proof of why young people should not look up to celebrities and imitate their morality and their behavior in the classic Aristotlean way of learning and mimicry, please read actress Lindsay Lohan’s incoherent — and frankly, illiterate — public sympathy card to genius film director Robert Altman’s family she released on Tuesday to see the sad, living proof, of a Long Island public education and the perils of false celebrity.

Ms. Lohan

Here are the most bristly bits:

I am lucky enough to of been able to work with Robert Altman amongst the other greats on a film that I can genuinely say created a turning point in my career.

I learned so much from Altman and he was the closest thing to my father and grandfather that I really do believe I’ve had in several years.

The point is, he made a difference.

He left us with a legend that all of us have the ability to do….

Life comes once, doesn’t ‘keep coming back’ and we all take such advantage of what we have.

When we shouldn’t….. ‘

Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourselves’ (12st book) -everytime there’s a triumph in the world a million souls hafta be trampled on.-altman Its true. But treasure each triumph as they come.

I planned to take each section of Ms. Lohan’s letter and dissect it, but I decided that would be harsh and it would take me all day to explain all the errors in grammar, syntax and meaning and it would hurt the spirit of her letter’s intended recipient.

Robert Altman

The Independent reports Ms. Lohan was a straight “A” student in school when she lived on Long Island. One begins to wonder about the how and why she earned those perfect marks. Robert Altman deserves a better public tribute. Ms. Lohan’s letter was fine as long as it remained heartfelt and private.

When she released her written thoughts in public — for publicity or sympathy — she disgraced her education and indicted her former teachers all while shaming the memory of Robert Altman she intended to shine.

UPDATE: Be certain you read the next article in this mission: Lindsay Lohan Makes This Blog Super Hot!: Moral Depression Follows.

153 Comments

  1. Hi Nicola!
    Yes, “shame” is the perfect word for this.
    This is the problem with insular celebrity. You are surrounded by “Yes People” who pump you up, tell you how great you are and explain why you are a genius that can do no wrong. Those masters of ego stroking are paid a lot of money to play that role.
    That kind of shelter insulates the celebrity from the hard reality of the world. I’m sure Ms. Lohan’s inner core told her how wonderful her letter was while, I hope, they were all privately creeping about its awful sense and sensibility.
    I’m sure they were as shocked as we are shocked when she decided to publish the letter. Celebrities do as they wish; they do not ask for or wait for permission to act.
    A vocal, public, correction is one way to touch those stars with a taste of reality — but with a circle of paid people who rely on ego caressing for making their mortgage and car payments, I doubt any of the meaningful criticism aimed at Ms. Lohan will ever touch her eye or ear so the joke will remain on her; all going on behind her sheltered back.

  2. Dave —
    She shamed her teachers by outing their incompetence in teaching or their “don’t care” attitude in passing her along the channels to make her someone else’s burden — and they did it with smiles and “A” grades. Quite inexcusable!
    That letter would get an “F” grade in my classes. That is a zero credit grade. A total do-over.
    She shames the star of Robert Altman by trying to steal the shine of his death with her letter. She isn’t content enough to stand alone in the dark and mourn. She has to have his spotlight on her. She needs his death to celebrate her letter.

  3. Hi David,
    Is Lindsay a “Twelver?”
    She writes about the “12st” book and how a million souls have to be trampled every time there’s a success.

    The primary force behind Shaykh Ahmad’s teachings is the Twelver Shi’a belief in the occultation of the Twelfth Imam.
    Twelver Shi’ah believe there were twelve Imams starting with Ali and ending with Muhammad al-Mahdi.
    Whilst the first eleven Imams died, the twelfth is said to have disappeared to return “before the day of judgment” and “fill the Earth with justice and make the truth triumphant”.
    This messianic figure is called the Mahdi.

  4. Hi David,
    Is Lindsay a “Twelver?”
    She writes about the “12st” book and how a million souls have to be trampled every time there’s a success.

    The primary force behind Shaykh Ahmad’s teachings is the Twelver Shi’a belief in the occultation of the Twelfth Imam.
    Twelver Shi’ah believe there were twelve Imams starting with Ali and ending with Muhammad al-Mahdi.
    Whilst the first eleven Imams died, the twelfth is said to have disappeared to return “before the day of judgment” and “fill the Earth with justice and make the truth triumphant”.
    This messianic figure is called the Mahdi.

  5. Chris!
    I had no idea what she meant by “12st” — how did you figure out what she meant?
    Your link is compelling and thought provoking and somehow I hope that’s what she meant because it shows an attempt to connect her thoughts outside the realm of herself. I only wish she’d done it with more precision and clarity.

  6. Chris!
    I had no idea what she meant by “12st” — how did you figure out what she meant?
    Your link is compelling and thought provoking and somehow I hope that’s what she meant because it shows an attempt to connect her thoughts outside the realm of herself. I only wish she’d done it with more precision and clarity.

  7. Looking at the “Twelver” connection, based on Lindsay’s use of the “12st” book, we find some signs of the end times!
    Here are two of the signs of the end times:

    The disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Ahmad).
    Books/writing will be widespread and (religious) knowledge will be low (Ahmad) .

    Here’s another sign of the coming apocolypse that might have been fulfilled by Lindsay’s friend Britney:

    Women will be naked in spite of being dressed, these women will be led astray & will lead others astray (Muslim).

    From ABC News, link above:

    The photos, which spread virally across the Internet, gained (Britney) Spears entry to a club ruled by repeat flashers Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Cameras have caught Lohan panty-less four times over the last two months.
    “You’d think she’d either wear pants or panties, or be more careful about how she exits a car,” blogger Hilton said. “Four times. That’s no accident. That’s deliberate.”

    Maybe Ms. Lindsay is “hastening” the return of the 12th Madhi?

  8. Looking at the “Twelver” connection, based on Lindsay’s use of the “12st” book, we find some signs of the end times!
    Here are two of the signs of the end times:

    The disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Ahmad).
    Books/writing will be widespread and (religious) knowledge will be low (Ahmad) .

    Here’s another sign of the coming apocolypse that might have been fulfilled by Lindsay’s friend Britney:

    Women will be naked in spite of being dressed, these women will be led astray & will lead others astray (Muslim).

    From ABC News, link above:

    The photos, which spread virally across the Internet, gained (Britney) Spears entry to a club ruled by repeat flashers Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Cameras have caught Lohan panty-less four times over the last two months.
    “You’d think she’d either wear pants or panties, or be more careful about how she exits a car,” blogger Hilton said. “Four times. That’s no accident. That’s deliberate.”

    Maybe Ms. Lindsay is “hastening” the return of the 12th Madhi?

  9. Chris!
    But how did you get “Twelver” from “12st” — what helped you make that leap; or did you just sort of know when you saw the twelve that’s what she likely meant?
    Your research is keen! I agree that not wearing panties suggests you want others to not only know, but see. Ick!
    Why do we pay attention to these people?
    What is our national fascination with idiot celebrities?

  10. Chris!
    But how did you get “Twelver” from “12st” — what helped you make that leap; or did you just sort of know when you saw the twelve that’s what she likely meant?
    Your research is keen! I agree that not wearing panties suggests you want others to not only know, but see. Ick!
    Why do we pay attention to these people?
    What is our national fascination with idiot celebrities?

  11. Hi David,
    It was a combination of the signs and the use of the number 12! I disregarded the “st” as a type. The key was the use of 12 as well as the phrase about the millions being trampled to gain a success. It was completely apocolyptic!
    I don’t know why we pay attention to the Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohen crowd. There isn’t much there that is attractive. Of course, that could just be a function of my personal preferences.
    I do feel somewhat bad about Lindsay. She seemed so smart in the movie “Mean Girls.”

  12. Hi David,
    It was a combination of the signs and the use of the number 12! I disregarded the “st” as a type. The key was the use of 12 as well as the phrase about the millions being trampled to gain a success. It was completely apocolyptic!
    I don’t know why we pay attention to the Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohen crowd. There isn’t much there that is attractive. Of course, that could just be a function of my personal preferences.
    I do feel somewhat bad about Lindsay. She seemed so smart in the movie “Mean Girls.”

  13. Dave —
    I do not think it is possible to write that kind of letter and still be an “A” student. It doesn’t go to the guts of the task of writing. One does not unlearn grammar and sentence structure once it has been mastered and an “A” grade testifies to certain mastery.
    You don’t lose your ability to write as you age. Your writing only becomes better and cleaner even if you don’t do it often.
    I’m talking about the moment of his remembering as his life is celebrated. Instead of letting the moment belong to his family, she made his death about her and that shaming of his memory in that moment is her burden alone.

  14. Dave —
    I do not think it is possible to write that kind of letter and still be an “A” student. It doesn’t go to the guts of the task of writing. One does not unlearn grammar and sentence structure once it has been mastered and an “A” grade testifies to certain mastery.
    You don’t lose your ability to write as you age. Your writing only becomes better and cleaner even if you don’t do it often.
    I’m talking about the moment of his remembering as his life is celebrated. Instead of letting the moment belong to his family, she made his death about her and that shaming of his memory in that moment is her burden alone.

  15. Chris!
    I am a little frightened you are so tuned into the mind of Lindsay Lohan and the apocalypse! Perhaps you could become her Ghost Sympathy Card Writer!
    :mrgreen:
    I, too, am stumped by the national fascination with these young, immature, blondes running around drunk and partying. I think it claims terrible things about our national values system that they are so admired as to be celebrated.
    The hype about Ms. Lohan is that she’s supposed to be smart and educated and not like all those other insipid stars! We are heartbroken when we read the hard truth for ourselves in her own hand and her veneer shatters around us.
    Other child wunderkinds with reported big intelligence are Jodi Foster — I think she has proven her genius — and Natalie Portman… who may just be playing smart in the mold of Lohan!

  16. Chris!
    I am a little frightened you are so tuned into the mind of Lindsay Lohan and the apocalypse! Perhaps you could become her Ghost Sympathy Card Writer!
    :mrgreen:
    I, too, am stumped by the national fascination with these young, immature, blondes running around drunk and partying. I think it claims terrible things about our national values system that they are so admired as to be celebrated.
    The hype about Ms. Lohan is that she’s supposed to be smart and educated and not like all those other insipid stars! We are heartbroken when we read the hard truth for ourselves in her own hand and her veneer shatters around us.
    Other child wunderkinds with reported big intelligence are Jodi Foster — I think she has proven her genius — and Natalie Portman… who may just be playing smart in the mold of Lohan!

  17. Dave —
    The reason I don’t think she was high or drunk when she wrote it is based on my English composition teaching experience.
    She writes how awful writers write when they are young and not trained. If she were not of clear mind, I don’t think she could have done that well. I think that letter took every twitch of her cogent being to compose.
    The “12st” thing just kills me. I mean, “twelvest” as a word or a concept? Ooof!

  18. Dave —
    The reason I don’t think she was high or drunk when she wrote it is based on my English composition teaching experience.
    She writes how awful writers write when they are young and not trained. If she were not of clear mind, I don’t think she could have done that well. I think that letter took every twitch of her cogent being to compose.
    The “12st” thing just kills me. I mean, “twelvest” as a word or a concept? Ooof!

  19. That doesn’t sound like much fun, Dave, but it looks like they are aggressively going after the damage that may have already been done so that’s great.
    It’s too bad you have to wait so long for the results.
    I’ve always liked an MD that does all the blood work in house instead of sending it out, but those MDs are getting harder to find.

  20. That doesn’t sound like much fun, Dave, but it looks like they are aggressively going after the damage that may have already been done so that’s great.
    It’s too bad you have to wait so long for the results.
    I’ve always liked an MD that does all the blood work in house instead of sending it out, but those MDs are getting harder to find.

  21. Oh, and if anyone asks Ms. Lohan about her poor writing style, I promise you her answer will be something like, “But I tried super hard!”
    I’ve heard it all before and your grade is still an “F” — you need to go back and start all over again and get it done instead of trying.

  22. Seeing the veneer shatter and having the ugly truth appear is always unsettling.
    It is interesting that three stars — Michael Richards, Danny Devito, and Lindsay Lohan — have done much to harm their public personas in the last week or two with their lack of forethought.

  23. I suppose the shattering of a false veneer could be liberating, Chris, if we don’t allow any of the shards to cut us.
    😀
    I’m with you on the ruination of these stars and maybe that’s a good thing. Perhaps young people will begin to recognize these “stars” are not meant to be gazed upon, for they are only articles of entertainment and laughter and nothing more.

  24. How come a so called public persona can be oblivious about her image to this extent? Or, they just don’t care? Don’t they have some kind of a unit who manages the ‘press’ for them? Do they write their own love letters/condolences… whatever?
    Good that Robert Altman is not alive to receive it in person!
    If asked, I am sure her answer will be – ‘despite everything, her feeling is genuine!”

  25. Dave!
    I will remember it is easier to pick on stars than on the disabled!
    😆
    People cry over animals and not people because animals offer the only real promise of unconditional love dyad: They love you because they love you and back atcha. People are full of opposites and conflicts and immeasurable betrayal and are not worthy of unconditional love even though we claim the opposite.

  26. I can’t recollect any similar incident like this, but we are prone to be extremely emotional as far as ‘worshipping our celebrities’ go.
    We can arrange ‘mass prayer’ if one of our greatest actor meets a fatal accident or to bring one our former cricket captain back in the team, at the same time we can create a furor and start venting anger by throwing stones at a cricket player’s house after a poor performance by him.

  27. I think I could have a great conversation with Ms. Lohan that would touch and indulge in intelligence.
    I’ve seen Stevie Wonder interviewed before many times. He doesn’t share much. He’s closed off. He isn’t made for intelligent conversation about life and living.

  28. David- Interesting how actors were on a par with prostitutes at one time and nobody cared much what either of them said. Now they are called stars, and what they say is presumably stellar. Just read an interesting statement by Bill Moyers (who was a Rockefeller trustee for 12 years) who said after a 15 day visit with David Rockefeller, that “there are just about 12-15 individuals who make day to day decisions that regulate the flow of capital and goods throughout the entire world.” Makes sense that these few people would rather have Linsay Lohan types being one of the 100 who have the publics ear at any one time. Even the “intellectuals” who speak seem to be lacking the “rock the boat,” mentality that many seem to be looking for. For the past 2,400 years there has been little change and Lindsay is just another notch is Plato’s belt.
    Thanks for the Avatar help. They told me they fixed it. We’ll see.

  29. fred!
    I don’t see your Avatar! Are you logged into WordPress.com?
    Did Rockefeller name the 12-15 people?
    I agree it is easier to fake out the masses with deception than to deal with the reality our lives are not our own. Stargazing must be replacing religion as our national narcotic.

  30. David- No he didn’t name the 12. i assume he assumed we knew.
    “Club of Rome
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Trilateral Commission
    World Economic Forum
    Bohemian Grove
    David Rockefeller
    Influence
    Geopolitics
    Cabal
    NGOs
    Rothschilds
    Rockefellers”
    The above is a list from Wikipedia.
    i am logged in to wrodpress.com.
    Maybe these above guys are screwing with my Avatar. LOL.

  31. Wow, fred, I love that list! Now you have to provide your analysis as to why you selected them.
    If you want me to help you with your Avatar, email it to me and send me your WordPress.com username and password and I’ll login for you and set it up for you. Then you can change your password when I’m done.

  32. I always though Sharon Stone was interesting after seeing her in Basic Instinct. She was the brave leader who foretold of a promised time began shortly after the turn of the century. Watch Basic Instinct backwards while licking a toad and playing Darkside of the Moon and you will receive previously hidden revelations that make sense of even the least comprehensible things. 😉
    After figuring out how to run my DVD backward and ingesting the toxins from several “psychoactive toads,” I unlocked a piece of Lindsay’s puzzle: the meaning of “12st.”
    It refers to “Sisters of the Twelve.”
    It promises to be the biggest thing to hit Hollywood since Kabbalah and Scientology.
    It’s brand new, so not that many people are familiar with it. Some of the secret society’s rituals are spreading throughout Hollywood.
    I think we aren’t giving Lindsay Lohan enough credit. She’s influencing other stars with her actions. Only time will tell what her impact on society will be.

    But now she’s (Britney Spears) unleashing her inner wild child, running around with party girls Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, sporting unflattering hair extensions and wearing short skirts sans underwear — which paparazzi caught on film.

    Clearly Lindsay Lohan has a disciple in Ms. Spears who understands the messages contained in LL’s works.
    There will come a day when everyone will follow the priniciples espoused by Lindsay Lohan.
    When that happens, we will all be freed of the restraints that hold people back from nirvana. It will be a wonderous and glorious day when that happens! :mrgreen:

  33. Chris!
    You have definitely been licking toads today! Did you find them in the pond near your new home?
    😀
    You are certainly connected to 12 — and I think that must be your new Lucky Lucky Number! It is the Yin and the Yang in a single number. A one and a two together to make — 12!
    😀

  34. Hi David,
    It’s another sign that we should always be listening to Lindsay Lohan. 🙂
    I’m going to petition the authorities to change the names of my new street to Lindsay Street and to redesignate all of the house numbers to start with 12.

  35. David- Beyond genius. What’s this about you not being me? We are all one. LOL. Once you’ve started messing with pareidolia on any level you have entered Hesse’s “Magic Theater,” price of admission “your mind.” Thanks again.
    P.S. Those toads will make Chris a Democrat yet; or maybe even a Libertine.

  36. fred!
    You are still not logged into WordPress.com. You need to login to your blog with your username and password as I did and then come over here to post a comment. You should then be able to post and have your Avatar load.
    Yes, I think Chris is turning over a new lily pad! Yay for magic toads!

  37. Hi Fred,
    I could become a Democrat again. It all depends on what they do with their new power. I’m not really wedded to either party.
    There are so few Republicans insome parts of my county that sometimes Democrats have become involved as Republicans in efforts to gain political power.
    I think having a liberal policy toward toads would make me a Libertarian. 🙂
    Maybe the U.S. needs to give the Libertarians a shot at power to see what they could do.

  38. Hi Guys.
    Came here from the forum thread. The only thing I can see is that Fred is linking to a post on his blog and not the main blog itself.
    Fred – Go to your dashboard, then go to users.
    Where it says your name, to the right there is a link that says “EDIT”. Click it and then look at the line that says “website”.
    You (I think) have
    http://pareidolia.wordpress.com/2006/11/01/hello-world/
    in there at the moment. Change it to
    http://pareidolia.wordpress.com
    and then (scrolling down if you need to) press “update user” on the bottom right hand corner.
    It’s the only thing that I can see that might be wrong.
    David – I think that Fred is logged in as the link is the same in every one of his comments.
    See how that goes and I’ll pop back in the morning (it’s 22.40 here) and see if that fixed it.
    All the best.
    Collin

  39. Hi Collin!
    If fred is logged in his Avatar should be showing, though. I think fred has been typing in his information and his browser is remembering him an logging him in without ever going through WordPress.com.
    Thanks for your help, Collin! We appreciate another mind on this matter!

  40. I’m not entirely sure about that David. There may be a glitch due to the incorrect website. The only way to log in is using wp.com. Whether the browser is caching the info is a different matter.
    Also, if Fred wasn’t logged in he wouldn’t see the blue admin bar.
    Try this after changing the setting as detailed in my comment above (and only if it doesn’t work):
    Fred – Are you using Internet Explorer? If you are, please can you go to Tools, Internet Options and press the buttons that say Delete Cookies and Delete Files. This will clear IE of anything it may have stored for you. Then come back to your blog and log in again.
    PS – What’s dialup? :o)

  41. You’re going to have a lot of words to eat when this gets resolved fred!
    :mrgreen:
    How was I able to login here and post as you and get your Avatar to load if you are doing precisely the same thing but without identical results?
    As Judge Judy is fond of saying, “If it doesn’t make sense, it isn’t true!”

  42. David- i just ate the entire dictionary, modem, printer and scanner, smothered in Shea Nut Butter to help get it down. Chewed each mouthfull 100 times in true macrobiotic fashion. Thanks for your “beyond tolerance” and support.

  43. fred!
    Congrats! Yay! It’s interesting you did not believe me all these weeks when I kept telling you were not logged in, but you chose to believe Judge Judy! She whipped you into shape, but good!
    😆
    I’m not sure what you mean by “Never created a link from wordpress to UrbanSemiotic” — but as long as you’re here and logged in now, it doesn’t matter. If you mean you didn’t know UrbanSemiotic.com was now hosted by WordPress.com, then I understand but I wonder how you missed all the messages about the move!
    :mrgreen:
    http://urbansemiotic.com/2006/10/26/welcome-to-wordpresscom/

  44. When I load up my WP dashboard – I have a *Whats Hot column* on the right hand side.
    In the right hand column I have WP.com News, Top WP.com blogs today and then Top Posts from around WP.com – this post is number 5.

  45. Hi Madison!
    Welcome to Urban Semiotic!
    I had to edit your comment for content because we don’t curse here and just making that cosmetic change means the naughty bits won’t get us indexed and black marked in the search engines.

  46. Nicola!
    I’m not teasing you when I say this but, WHAT GREAT EYES YOU HAVE!
    Yes, I see it in the Dashboard now that you made me aware of it. Cool!
    I’m surprised that article is showing up today because we posted yesterday but it looks like the search engines got a grip on it and are bringing in lots of outside visitors today.
    I am surprised to see inclusion because I didn’t think domain hosted blogs qualified for in the Hot List. Hmm… I might have to ask around about this a little bit.

  47. Now the “Yes Men” begin to defend their misbegotten star:

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Lindsay Lohan’s publicist fired back at the media on Thursday, saying journalists had crossed a line by mocking a heartfelt letter the screen star wrote following director Robert Altman’s death last week.
    Spokeswoman Leslie Sloane said the note — which one columnist suggested was composed by Lohan on “one of her legendary party benders” — was instead dashed off by the distraught 20-year-old actress on a Blackberry, moments after she learned Altman had died.
    Altman, who died on November 20 at age 81, directed Lohan in the last film of his career, “A Prairie Home Companion.”
    “When I got the reports that he had died, I reached Lindsay on her cell phone, and she had no idea. She was devastated. She started crying,” Sloane told Reuters. “She quickly put something together on her Blackberry.”
    “Here was a girl who found something special in this man that she felt so close to,” Sloane said. “And she was completely shocked and blown away that he just died. It was written very quickly and it was from the heart.”

    http://tinyurl.com/tqp8g

  48. Now the paid “Yes Men” play the sympathy card:

    NEW YORK –
    Lindsay Lohan has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, her publicist said Friday. “She started attending some, and I think it’s a positive thing,” Leslie Sloane told The Associated Press. “My biggest fear is who’s the big idiot to out which (chapter) she goes to.”
    She said Lohan, 20, made the decision on her own to attend meetings, although Sloane added: “And, by the way, she’s not saying … she’ll stop drinking tomorrow.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/people_lohan

  49. David,
    How could you pick on someone who is attending AA meetings? 😉
    Is the perky one at CBS News still looking for a sign-off phrase? Maybe Lindsay’s “BE ADEQUITE” could be the winner over there!

  50. Honest to God… this has to be a hoax. Someone at USA Today finally snapped (“Too much f*cking colour!!) and just started typing in gibberish where Lohan’s story should have been. If she did write this, and someone did print this press release in a National Newspaper without any kind of editing or fact checking or common sense or phone calls to verify, then somewhere — you know, out there — there’s a guy sitting on a wall, playing a violin and watching us burn.
    [Comment edited by David W. Boles for content.]

  51. Chris!
    Yes, isn’t the “AA” defense predictable and expected? What a crock! I love it that just because she’s attending AA meetings “doesn’t mean she’ll stop drinking tomorrow!”
    I think Ms. Couric and Ms. Lohan are of the same pea pod.
    😀

  52. Gabriel —
    Thanks for the comment and welcome to Urban Semiotic!
    I agree this event could mark the end of the world — especially because of all the attention we’re giving it! Is there no war in the Middle East to entertain us instead?

  53. Gabriel —
    Thanks for the comment and welcome to Urban Semiotic!
    I agree this event could mark the end of the world — especially because of all the attention we’re giving it! Is there no war in the Middle East to entertain us instead?

  54. Hi shelbycockrell and welcome to Urban Semiotic!
    Thanks for the cool comments. I don’t know if Ms. Lohan is horrible or not but I think she’s trapped in an unfortunate life that she may not have entirely created and is a completely horrible in which to be stuck with no clean way out.
    She would be much better off doing some theatre in New York for a while to earn back her good reputation and to revoke the excess of Los Angeles living.

  55. Hi shelbycockrell and welcome to Urban Semiotic!
    Thanks for the cool comments. I don’t know if Ms. Lohan is horrible or not but I think she’s trapped in an unfortunate life that she may not have entirely created and is a completely horrible in which to be stuck with no clean way out.
    She would be much better off doing some theatre in New York for a while to earn back her good reputation and to revoke the excess of Los Angeles living.

  56. While I am not generally impressed by Ms. Lohan and the company she keeps, I don’t think this letter is the biggest faux pas of her life. This letter was not intended as the cover to her resume, nor was it intended as any other kind of business letter, nor should it be. I’m bettiing she saw it as an informal note, sent to extend her sympathies to the family of Robert Altman. Sure, you and I probably wouldn’t write a condolence letter in such a manner, but then… we aren’t 19, either.
    The link provided in your post goes to an article in USA Today. Aside from the fact that it’s not printed in its entirety, what is printed is in our country’s newspaper version of The Message. It’s summarized by journalists, who in my experience, don’t have to actually know anything about anything to be able to write about it or cull information from various other news sources and cobble something together for their own newspaper that isn’t outright plagiarism.
    As to the reference to the 12st book, it appears in the USA Today version that she’s making some attempt to quote something Altman said to her at one time.
    Last but not least, the caption to the photo in the USA Today article notes that the statement was released on Tuesday, which means that her agent/PR person could have (and probably did) actually write most or all of it, and they are even less literate than Lohan herself or wanted to make us think Lohan is more of a moron that we already do.

  57. While I am not generally impressed by Ms. Lohan and the company she keeps, I don’t think this letter is the biggest faux pas of her life. This letter was not intended as the cover to her resume, nor was it intended as any other kind of business letter, nor should it be. I’m bettiing she saw it as an informal note, sent to extend her sympathies to the family of Robert Altman. Sure, you and I probably wouldn’t write a condolence letter in such a manner, but then… we aren’t 19, either.
    The link provided in your post goes to an article in USA Today. Aside from the fact that it’s not printed in its entirety, what is printed is in our country’s newspaper version of The Message. It’s summarized by journalists, who in my experience, don’t have to actually know anything about anything to be able to write about it or cull information from various other news sources and cobble something together for their own newspaper that isn’t outright plagiarism.
    As to the reference to the 12st book, it appears in the USA Today version that she’s making some attempt to quote something Altman said to her at one time.
    Last but not least, the caption to the photo in the USA Today article notes that the statement was released on Tuesday, which means that her agent/PR person could have (and probably did) actually write most or all of it, and they are even less literate than Lohan herself or wanted to make us think Lohan is more of a moron that we already do.

  58. Thanks for the comment, Dates, and welcome to Urban Semiotic!
    No PR team would allow her to release that letter.
    Lohan is 20, not 19.
    Plagiarism is passing something off as your own without proper attribution. Reprinting a public release from Lohan of her letters is not plagiarism.

  59. Thanks for the comment, Dates, and welcome to Urban Semiotic!
    No PR team would allow her to release that letter.
    Lohan is 20, not 19.
    Plagiarism is passing something off as your own without proper attribution. Reprinting a public release from Lohan of her letters is not plagiarism.

  60. I tend to agree with Dates Bubbas that the letter isn’t the worst thing that has happened to Ms. Lohan. Considering how she lives, it probably wasn’t the worst thing that happened to her last week. I hope I’m wrong, but Ms. Lohan appears to be on course for a life of failed relationships, trips to rehab, run-ins with the law, and a career that never approaches its potential. No one is ever equipped to deal with fame and this pretty, immature, illiterate young woman is no exception. I can’t help but wonder what she’ll do after her looks have gone.

  61. I tend to agree with Dates Bubbas that the letter isn’t the worst thing that has happened to Ms. Lohan. Considering how she lives, it probably wasn’t the worst thing that happened to her last week. I hope I’m wrong, but Ms. Lohan appears to be on course for a life of failed relationships, trips to rehab, run-ins with the law, and a career that never approaches its potential. No one is ever equipped to deal with fame and this pretty, immature, illiterate young woman is no exception. I can’t help but wonder what she’ll do after her looks have gone.

  62. J —
    This public lashing she’s taking I think has the opportunity to swing her back into a reality she hasn’t known since she was an unknown. There is great value in societal ostracism.
    We have to remember she is under the delusion she is popular and beloved.
    When a public shaming of this magnitude comes into play — shattering her ego and her persona and the false career she has built on misunderstood goodwill — it all proves we now know she isn’t as smart or as cunning as she has been pretended to be as an idol of worship.
    That recognition of the false idol crumbles her down to hopefully build her up for a rebound in a career in which a letter from an angry producer could not even begin to sustain the necessary behavioral correction:
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0728061lohan1.html

  63. J —
    This public lashing she’s taking I think has the opportunity to swing her back into a reality she hasn’t known since she was an unknown. There is great value in societal ostracism.
    We have to remember she is under the delusion she is popular and beloved.
    When a public shaming of this magnitude comes into play — shattering her ego and her persona and the false career she has built on misunderstood goodwill — it all proves we now know she isn’t as smart or as cunning as she has been pretended to be as an idol of worship.
    That recognition of the false idol crumbles her down to hopefully build her up for a rebound in a career in which a letter from an angry producer could not even begin to sustain the necessary behavioral correction:
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0728061lohan1.html

  64. I am not commenting on the medical issue or the children/bus issue because I did not read those blogs. But I did read the Lohan one. Give it a rest! She is an actress and has been since she was a child. The choice was her mother’s not her’s. She earned money for her family since she was a little girl.
    She is actually a pretty good actress, but she is illiterate, unfortunately. This is sad, not something to be snide about. It is a failure of her parents and her school, and those who exploited her for economic and social gain. Her mother, knowing she has a substance abuse problem, STILL uses her to get special treatment at night clubs.
    It is a problem that so many young people cannot read and write properly, but the proper response must be to develop a solution. Wagging fingers and bemoaning the future in their undisciplined hands (so trite, so done before!) serves no one.
    Finally, she wrote a letter of condolence, however public and unfathomable. (The 12 by the way is surely a reference to a 12 step program. She was, after all, in rehab at the time. ) At least she did that. Her grammar may be non-existent but her manners and tender feelings are not.

  65. I am not commenting on the medical issue or the children/bus issue because I did not read those blogs. But I did read the Lohan one. Give it a rest! She is an actress and has been since she was a child. The choice was her mother’s not her’s. She earned money for her family since she was a little girl.
    She is actually a pretty good actress, but she is illiterate, unfortunately. This is sad, not something to be snide about. It is a failure of her parents and her school, and those who exploited her for economic and social gain. Her mother, knowing she has a substance abuse problem, STILL uses her to get special treatment at night clubs.
    It is a problem that so many young people cannot read and write properly, but the proper response must be to develop a solution. Wagging fingers and bemoaning the future in their undisciplined hands (so trite, so done before!) serves no one.
    Finally, she wrote a letter of condolence, however public and unfathomable. (The 12 by the way is surely a reference to a 12 step program. She was, after all, in rehab at the time. ) At least she did that. Her grammar may be non-existent but her manners and tender feelings are not.