The release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, which paid special attention to the capricious media treatment she received throughout her career, has led many to reflect on the sexism some of her contemporaries endured around that time.
In particular, a 2013 interview between David Letterman and Lindsay Lohan has drawn criticism from users on TikTok and Twitter, who are now calling out the talk show host for probing into the actress’s personal life.
“Now, aren’t you supposed to be in rehab?” the former Late Show host asked Lohan, who appeared on the show to promote an upcoming film.
After revealing the date she was set to enter rehab, the host followed up with a rapid slew of questions about her recovery, including how many times she’s been to rehab and how this time will be different.
“What are they rehab-ing? What is on their list? What are they going to work on when you walk through the door?” Letterman continued, to laughter from the audience.
Lohan, visibly uncomfortable, said that the topic of rehab was not broached in the pre-interview, but allowed that rehab would be an “opportunity to focus on what I love in life.”
But Letterman continued to prod, asking if she had “addiction problems” and if she was going to rehab for alcohol use.
“You can’t make a joke of it, that’s so mean,” the actress responded.
“This is vile on so many levels. The misogyny. The blindsiding. The stigma of addiction & rehab,” producer Frank Costa commented. “The hypocrisy of wanting people to recover, but then judging how they choose do so. I hope Lindsay Lohan knows how loved she is. The world has treated her and many others so unfairly.”
At the end of the segment, which another Twitter user highlighted in a clip, Letterman praised Lohan for being able to go on the show and sit through his comments. Letterman’s reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Another commenter said that Letterman’s 2004 interview with Janet Jackson “gives off the same vibes.” In the video, the host repeatedly pressed her on her Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, despite her apparent discomfort. The resurfaced Letterman interviews come in stark contrast to another late-night host’s monologue that’s been making the social media rounds since the release of Framing Britney Spears. Social media users have revisited a Late Late Show clip from 2007, wherein former host Craig Ferguson explained why he wouldn’t be making light of Spears’ personal life, telling his audience, “We shouldn’t be attacking the vulnerable people.”
Meanwhile, due to public scrutiny surrounding the documentary, the #FreeBritney movement, and his past comments about Spears and Jackson, Justin Timberlake issued an apology to both women on Friday.
“I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system of misogyny and racism,” the singer-actor wrote in a statement posted to his Instagram. “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”
Cameo isn’t just for birthday messages these days.
Over the weekend, one young woman named Alana used the video sharing website in hopes that one Hollywood star would deliver a personal message.
“I asked Lindsay Lohan to come out to my parents for me in a Cameo and she did make the video,” Alana explained on TikTok. “It’s not what I expected at all.”
What came next was Lindsay’s video with a heartfelt message about speaking one’s truth on one’s own terms.
“Hi Alana, it’s Lindsay Lohan,” she began. “I know that you are about to take a very big step in telling your parents who you truly are and what you want them to accept of you and I think you should do it yourself.”
Lindsay continued, “I think that coming from you, you’ll feel a lot of power and strength and it’s important that you are who you truly are and that you love yourself and that you can live by that and tell your parents that. I promise you they will understand.” The 34-year-old actress went on to send Alana “all the love in the world and strength and support.”
“God bless you,” she added. “Stay true to yourself. You’re truly beautiful and god speed.”
While the TikTok user has yet to update fans on whether she came out to her parents, her video from Lindsay has quickly gone viral with more than 70,000 likes.
As for Lindsay, it’s no secret that the Mean Girls star has had some relationships play out in the public eye including romances with Samantha Ronson and Wilmer Valderrama.
But back in September 2019, the singer threw fans for a loop when she broke up with a boyfriend nobody knew she had.
“Actually, I was seeing someone and we broke up today,” Lindsay shared on KIIS 1065’s Kyle & Jackie O Show. “You wouldn’t even know who he was but I had a bit of a day.”
Perhaps some experiences can be kept private after all.
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