This heartwarming story about Whitney Kropp couldn’t have come at a better time for Lindsay Lohan. Not that one should necessarily have anything to do with the other! Whitney is the Detroit high school student who was nominated to her Homecoming court as a cruel prank; after she confessed to having suicidal thoughts about the joke, a “Support Whitney Kropp” Facebook page got created and her classmates rallied behind her. Local businesses did her hair and makeup free for the Homecoming dance so that she could have a special night and actually be honored. It’s a story that illustrates simultaneously how shitty teenagers can be, and how certain inspiring folks can still make someone feel special.
Then LiLo had to butt into it. Katie Couric had Whitney on her show recently, so Linds took the opportunity to tweet at Katie all about how she cried while watching the episode because it dredged up her painful memories of mean kids in high school making fun at her for being an actress. And all we can say is, what a load of bullshit:
@katiecouric I was actually bullied @ my public school when i would leave to film. Whenever I came back… girls & boys would call me names.
They would also mock me because of my home situation, when people found out that my father was in jail.. they would yell things, try to trip me & more…I moved to home-schooling instead. In 11th grade. I stuck it out for a while.
so i can relate to the girls that you spoke with on your show today. I appreciate you reaching out to them. xo
I think what you did today on your show for #WhitneyKropp was lovely. It had me crying. I’d love to meet her. #stopbullying
For one, I’m surprised that LiLo’s face fillers allow her to still shed tears, but really I’m steamed that she made this all about her. Where were these bullying revelations over the past eight years since she actually finished high school? It’s an old actress standby to pretend like they were “ugly” or “unpopular” in high school. Somehow, stars like Jessica Simpson and Megan Fox don’t get that they make us respect them less because we know that they were just as popular and on top of the social food chain as adolescents as they are now.
So not only are Lindsay’s tweets incredibly calculated, especially in light of her recent shitshow behavior in New York City, but it’s downright unbelievable. At least women like Jessica and Megan weren’t famous as kids, so we can judge them only by unearthed yearbook photos. But seeing as we’ve known Lindsay since she was the apple-cheeked twelve-year-old twins in The Parent Trap, we’ve followed along with her adolescence. In the period that she mentions, she was a rising star, albeit in the Nickelodeon/Disney kind of sphere: She followed up Parent Trap with Get A Clue, Freaky Friday, and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Sure, they were cheesy, but I have a hard time believing that her self-esteem was so low that her less-interesting peers could get away with bullying her.
Then came 2004 and Mean Girls, which will always be the high point of her career. Maybe Lindsay’s problem is that she’s one of those people who actually did peak in high school! And now she’s bitter because she’ll never reclaim that brief, shining glory.
[via E! Online]
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