Watching Dina Lohan on the Today show as she refused to take any responsibility for her daughter Lindsay’s messed-up life got me all fired up!
Halfway through watching Dina Lohan’s interview on the Today show this morning, I stifled an urge to throw a sofa cushion at the TV. I seriously don’t know how Matt Lauer kept his cool while listening to Lindsay Lohan’s mom’s deluded rant. Totally defensive and argumentative, Dina (who compared her daughter to America’s Sweetheart, Julia Roberts) blamed everyone else for the problems that have led to her 24-year-old child spending 14 days in jail and being sent to court-ordered drug and alcohol rehab.
“I’m not condoning drinking and driving, but she’s still paying the price for what she did in 2007,” moaned Dina, 47, referring to not one but two DUI charges.
The 47-year-old said that “Lindsay was 19 [then], she’s 24 now, she’s changed. She’s grown up considerably.” Uh, Dina, don’t know how to break this to you, but you have the math skills of a toddler. 2007 was three years ago, which means that Lindsay was 21, not 19.
And as for Dina claiming that Lindsay is more grown up than she was at 19 (or 21), let’s just consider this for a second — just three weeks ago, the 24-year-old walked into a court room with a manicure that gave the judge a middle finger F-U. Yeah, that’s a really mature, grown-up move, isn’t it?
Am I being too harsh? I don’t think so. Dina is the loving, caring mother who partied alongside her daughter in LA until 2 a.m. the night before she was due in court to give a deposition related to her DUI case (in May this year).
Responding to Matt’s question about her reputation as a party mom, Dina said: “As a parent you have to let them go a little bit. She went out to Los Angeles when she was 19 I had to let her go and live and fall and fail and survive. Without failure there’s no success. I was there in close proximity. You can’t make your child not go out and go to a club and not get behind the wheel of a car.”
You can make your child not go out and go to a club and not get behind the wheel of a car, Dina. It’s called being a responsible parent. Maybe you should try it sometime.
But the thing that really set me twitching and wanting to reach for the remote control this morning was when Matt asked about her daughter’s continuing problems, and Dina responded, “That’s all propaganda.”
So it was propaganda and not real when Lindsay was repeatedly photographed passed out in a car after a heavy night of partying?
She’s clearly deluded. When Matt said that Lindsay had been in rehab four times, Dina responded that it was only “two times; I don’t know where you get that.” Um, let’s do another little math lesson, shall we?
Lindsay was in the Wonderland Center in LA in January 2007 for a 30-day stay.
Then, four months later she checked into Promises in Malibu for a 45-day stay.
In August of the same year, she headed to Cirque Lodge in Utah for another six-week program.
And then earlier this month, she walked out of jail and headed to her court-ordered 90-day stay.
Dina, dear, that makes four, not two stays in rehab!
“You’re reading things that are not based on fact,” the mom of four repeatedly told Matt Lauer, but let’s face reality here, Dina. Your daughter has been battling abuse problems for at least three years, if not longer, and you, your ex-husband, Michael, and all of those “friends” in Hollywood are to blame. You can snarl about the unfairness of it all and moan that the judge “went overboard and played serious hardball with Lindsay,” but thank goodness somebody did!
Oh, and Dina, next time you sit down for an interview, get your facts straight!