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Can Lindsay Lohan Really Help Young Girls in India?

Tue, December 8, 2009 3:24pm EDT by 1 Comment


Lindsay Lohan, we really applaud your efforts. After a trying year, you’ve (very recently) come to realize that there is more to life than bed and bar hopping.  Reports came out today that you are on your way to India to film a documentary with the BBC about child trafficking and children in poverty.

But is Lindsay really the best person to be shedding light on these issues?  She was just featured half-naked, simulating sex in a photo spread for Muse magazine, shown walking home from Jason Segel‘s apartment early in the morning in LA, and has battled a slew of drug and alcohol related problems in the past!

And some people with strong ties to Indian culture don’t want Lindsay to be their spokeswoman!

One 27-year-old woman of Indian descent, who lives in New York, wonders, “What the heck? I don’t particularly think Lindsay Lohan is a good spokesperson for this cause. India is a country where a lot of what is valued by people like Lindsay Lohan and Hollywood is not valued there.  The image she has of being a party girl [goes against] the morals of India.  Then again, anyone who wants to shed light on the issues … that’s a good thing.”

Bu Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women in New York City, disagrees.  “So many young girls and women are forced into being sex slaves,” she says.  “I commend Lindsay for going over there to do whatever she can do.”  Ossorio doesn’t think Lindsay will be a bad role model, insisting, “She will only bring more attention to this [and] raise people’s awareness of it. Once her documentary airs, you’re probably not going to forget about this issue.” —Corynne Steindler with Natalie Adeeyo


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