If Hollywood reports are true—and when the sources are primarily gossip sites, you never know—the honchos at Dimension Films played a dirty trick on actress Lindsay Lohan. Lohan is one of the featured performers in the upcoming comedy “Scary Movie 5,” like its occasionally funny predecessors a parody of recent horror films. Lohan’s sequence has her paired with Charlie Sheen, in a spoof of “Paranormal Activity.” In one scene, we are told, Lindsay screams hysterically as if she has seen some ectoplasmic horror, when what has really upset her is having to see Lohan’s own 2005 post-“Mean Girls” pre-train wreck Disney flop, “Herbie Fully-Loaded” appear on her TV. When the trailer for the yet-to-be-released film was unveiled, however, there had been a change in the scene to make a more hurtful joke at the actress’s expense. Now it appears that Lohan is screaming at the news that her probation has been revoked, as indeed it was just this month. Lohan could get significant jail time.
Lindsay says she was blind-sided by the switch, which holds her up to (more) humiliation and which she never approved. Inside sources say that the producers changed the trailer in retribution for Lohan’s unprofessional conduct during the shooting.
Let’s say the stories are true. OK, Lindsay behaved poorly during the filming, as she routinely does. The producers indeed changed the trailer to get a cheap laugh by mocking her personal and legal problems, and didn’t tell her about it before releasing the clip. Let’s also assume that contractually she probably doesn’t have a leg to stand on, that studios and producers can generally edit trailers and films any way they want, including ways that embarrass and humiliate actors. Let’s stipulate that Lindsay Lohan, for too many reasons to list, has to a great extent brought and continues to bring all of her troubles on herself, through a mind-numbing pattern of terrible judgment, poor choices, and a learning curve flatter than a dead cockroach in Jose Greco’s kitchen, and thus regularly asks for, begs for, and gets awful treatment from those she works with. And further, let’s agree that in the vast, seamy, nasty and cut-throat history of the movie business, this is peanuts.
None of that matters. The stunt Dimension pulled on Lohan can’t be justified by any of it. She is a lost young woman on the brink of personal tragedy, in financial and professional trouble. Symbolically kicking Lindsay Lohan in the teeth is pure bullying, picking on someone weak and defenseless, because you know they have neither the power nor the resources to do anything about it. This is no different from tripping the little boy in leg braces on the playground, or making the mentally-challenged girl look foolish in front of her classmates, and then posting the videos on YouTube.
Lohan does an excellent job embarrassing herself regularly. That doesn’t make it any less cruel or unfair for Dimension to embarrass her. I know the defense some will offer: “Come on! Lohan regularly exploits her own infamy and ruined public image at this point. Why do you think the movie pairs her with Charlie Sheen? She has no right to complain!” But the issue isn’t whether Lohan’s own conduct has made it difficult for her to complain or win sympathy. The issue is whether it is ever ethical for someone stronger and more powerful to kick someone when she is down, just because she is easy to kick, she can’t kick back, and a lot of people who don’t like her will get a kick out it.
It never is.
Source: Daily Caller
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