Lindsay Lohan: “Glee” Targets LiLo’s Return to Rehab
This week’s episode of “Glee” joked about Lindsay Lohan and her return to rehab.
Lindsay Lohan was the butt of a joke (or at the very least the topic of a funny Spanish lesson) in the most recent episode of Glee and her mom is not very happy about it.
In the scene guest star Gwyneth Paltrow (who plays substitute teacher Holly Holiday on Glee) is waxing poetic about how nobody respects the substitute teacher and how all the kids see her being there as a day off or a reason to act out, throw spitballs and go crazy. She decides that the only way to get their attention is to speak their language so she asks them – in Spanish – how many times Lindsay Lohan has been in rehab and she asks them “Lindsay Lohan is totally crazy right?” She then instructs the class to get into groups and discuss how many times Lindsay Lohan has been in rehab.
We laugh (and it is funny) but Lindsay’s mom doesn’t think it is funny at all. Dina Lohan has said it was “Tasteless.” She has had her lawyers send a letter to the producers of Glee. She is staying that the show defamed Lindsay Lohan who is working hard on her recovery. Dina goes on to say that, “Lindsay has an issue that millions of people around the world are dealing with yet ‘Glee’ is treating addiction as a laughing matter.”
This isn’t the first time the mention of Lindsay has brought about some legal wrath from the Lohans. During the Super Bowl last year one of the E-trade commercials featured the talking babies discussing a “milkaholic” baby named Lindsay. Lindsay Lohan was sure they were talking about her (in her defense she was the first person I thought of after the commercial was over) and she sued them. She settled out of court with them.
In Dina and Lindsay’s defense, while it was a somewhat funny couple of lines, it was a cheap shot of sorts. Lindsay is an easy target right now and there is no use in kicking her when she’s down. Frankly, I wouldn’t be upset with them about the subject matter of the joke, but instead about the lack of creativity in the joke. Glee is a huge hit show that has a lot of writers on it. You would think they could have come up with something a little bit cleverer than a Lindsay Lohan joke.
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