Another day, another Lindsay Lohan drama. These days she’s more in the headlines for drunk driving, alleged cocaine addictions, lesbian relationships, jail time (well, almost), rehab or theft, than she is for her career.
And, as I’m sure everyone has heard, she’s in trouble again for allegedly swiping a $2,500 one-of-a-kind necklace from a jeweler, then being caught on camera wearing it out in public. I’m sorry, but can anyone else see a pattern forming? First the mink coat, now the necklace…. the girl needs help!
When celebs get themselves into these dramas, there is a lot of talk about them receiving lenient treatment due to their celebrity status. Nicole Richie only spending 82 minutes in jail, remember that? Hmmm….
But last week Bossip posted a video from Nancy Grace, who said that if it were a “black girl or a poor girl” in the same situation, they would have been thrown in jail immediately. This got me thinking. Is she also getting preferential treatment because of the color of her skin?
For instance, Foxy Brown was sent to the slammer for violating her probation, which LiLo has now also done. She then spent an entire year locked up. Lindsay was allowed to post bail and was only given a “stern talking to” for violating hers.
Wesley Snipes was incarcerated for three years on misdemeanor charges for failing to file tax returns. Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame was pursued for five years by the Australian tax department for reportedly not paying almost $50 million in taxes. He had his charges dropped, not because they couldn’t prove the case, but because it wasn’t in the public interest to continue with the case. Ummm…what?
And don’t even get me started on Charlie Sheen. How many times does he get a free pass for all his “incidents?'” Just last week he was sent to the emergency room after a drug and alcohol fueled bender, and reportedly had a ‘suitcase of cocaine’ on him. Are the police intervening this time? I mean, it’s common knowledge that he abuses drugs, so why doesn’t anybody put a stop to it?
T.I. on the other hand, even though he had his drug charges dropped, as he was on probation, still had to serve time for failing a drug test. Double standards much?
I would bet money on the fact that Isaiah Washington would think so. He was fired from “Grey’s Anatomy” after using a homophobic slur against co-star T.R. Knight, even after publicly apologizing, meeting with gay community leaders and going to rehab. Has Charlie Sheen even done anything more than a superficial week-long trip to rehab?
I don’t know what I believe. I know that every case needs to be decided on it’s own merits, and there is more to it than what we as outsiders will ever know, but it does make you wonder whether or not, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan are helped by the fact that they are more well-known, bankable stars than T.I. and Isaiah Washington or by the color of their skin. I guess we will have to wait and see if Lindsay’s trial is going to be another Winona Ryder incident, swept under the rug, or if she is held accountable this time…