It’s bad enough we have to deal with the celebrity infantilization of cancer — now we get to deal with celebrities that don’t actually do the heroic acts that they say that they do? We understand that celebrities are often actors and actresses that get paid to pretend that they are something they are not but this pretending should not extend into their real lives as human beings, interacting with us and society as a whole.
Lindsay Lohan was in India working on a documentary about the child trafficking crisis that takes children from their parents for a pittance and gets them paid slave wages. While doing this, she decided to take some time out to update her Twitter account and did what she seems to do best — talked about how great she was.
“Over 40 children saved so far … Within one day’s work … This is what life is about … Doing THIS is a life worth living!!!” she Tweeted, referring to a series of raids that were done that ended up saving many children from slavery.
That was wonderful as far as twitter updates go. However, according to the officials that actually led the raids, Lindsay did not take part in them and actually had arrived in India after the raids took place. She also faces being banned entirely from ever entering India again.
While it is perhaps commendable that Ms. Lohan didn’t digitally alter any photos to make it look as though she were helping, it doesn’t excuse the fact that she lied about saving children and we have to wonder what the intent of her messages was meant to be.
When she later Tweeted, “Focusing on celebrities and lies is so disconcerting, when we can be changing the world one child at a time … hope everyone can see that” was it some sort of prescient writing — given that her world changing was entirely a lie?