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Why I’m on Michael Lohan’s Side

Thu, July 8, 2010 10:30am EDT by 2 Comments

While Lindsay Lohan’s mom cries “It’s not fair,” the fame-whoring father did the right thing on Tuesday in asking the judge to send his daughter to rehab.

Let’s be honest, Michael Lohan is no saint, and I’m sure I’m not alone in condemning his constant need to put himself in front of any camera anywhere, but on Tuesday, as his daughter Lindsay was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in rehab, I found myself on Team Michael.

Why? Because despite his less appealing qualities, I think this man actually cares what happens to his daughter. He had been publicly campaigning for months for Lindsay to go to rehab, warning about her prescription drug use, and enlisting the help of Celeb Rehab’s Dr. Drew Pinsky. Michael was loudly pointing out what all of us could clearly see — Lindsay was on a dangerous downhill slide.

Michael was there when the troubled star faced the judge. He submitted a letter to the court asking her to send his 24-year-old daughter to rehab, and when he appeared on Larry King Live on Tuesday night, I believed his tears over his daughter’s fate were real.

OK, so I am not terribly impressed that he later went out to a bar and told TMZ that he planned to call Lindsay from there, but we all know he’s not perfect.

On the other hand, you have Dina Lohan, Lindsay’s mom. Despite her riding her daughter’s coattails ever since Lindsay toddled onto a soundstage, was Dina in court to support her? Nope! Not sure where she was, but unless she was trapped under a very large piece of furniture in her house, I find it hard to forgive her.

Dina told Popeater, “This is so not fair to do this to my child.” Really, Dina? Wake up and smell the paparazzi! First of all, at what point do you stop infantilizing your 24-year-old daughter and calling her your child? She’s an adult. An adult who has gone to rehab three times and was previously convicted of reckless driving and two DUIs. I suppose, Dina, that you thought that was “so not fair” too?

Sure, moms want to protect their children, but it’s hard to see Dina as anything less than an enabler. Dina has repeatedly dismissed Lindsay’s problems in the past and clearly believes that fame has it privileges. I can’t help but wonder how much of her attitude has rubbed off on Lindsay. Perhaps that’s why she went into court with her fingernails adorned with a middle finger message to the judge.

They say you can’t pick your family, but if I was Lindsay, I would be seriously rethinking which parent I choose to listen to in the future.

—Kathy Campbell