Tuesday, July 27, 2010
For those of you not on MARS, Lindsay Lohan is still in prison, and I personally hope she stays for at least a couple months. I know of people convicted of nearly identical things who have spent YEARS in very tough penitentiaries, but she's in California, so she's doing 90 days. And that is the sentence she has been handed and she will hopefully learn her lesson and return to her more familiar surroundings grateful for her life.
But her fans don't share the same opinion as I do. Even though she'll probably spend only a few more days in the slam, they're protesting like she's mid-80's Mandela. The folks who run Beach Bum Tanning Salon feel that the sentence handed down to a twice-convicted celebrity is far too harsh given her status. so they staged a protest in New York accompanied by numerous fans. Yes, I'm serious.
These people really need to get lives. To begin with she was convicted in an entirely different state and their pleas won't affect anything except the traffic.People, she's not Mumia Abu-Jamal and sentenced to die. She'll be fine. She's not wrongly convicted nor a political prisoner, she's lucky with the slap on the wrist she received.
If you are serious about speaking against ACTUAL injustices, why not start with guys who've been on death row for crimes they probably didn't commit or women being stoned for dressing too provocatively. You could stand up against people being butchered in Darfur or chant for the release of Gilad Shalit.
It is obvious that you have voices that you are comfortable using, so why waste them to help a fledgling tanning salon promote their product? Well-meaning kids are being used for commercial gain when they could do so much more. Kids, find a cause that your words can be used for and affect REAL change. Imagine the amazing things that could be done if people cared as much about starving children as they do about their favourite actress. Instead of spending time sending postcards to someone who likely won't get them, write your congressman about education cuts. Or take those hours otherwise spent chanting in Manhattan and work in a soup kitchen.
But alas, fame is a drug and those large and small will line up to support someone in the spotlight because it makes them feel a little prettier or closer to the star. Our self-worth used to be tied into defending the helpless and now it is related to idolizing those who do not care.
Do the right thing.
Posted by Michel-Exildas Galipeau at 22:02