maybe i haven't lived long enough to say for sure that the whole realm of "celebrity" right now is at its crudest and most insane. but i'm saying it anyway. i love to flip through Us Weekly just as much as the next girl, but when you think about what it's perpetuating - the flat-out lies that are sold as gossip, the photos taken from all angles and at any cost, all of it giving the young-and-famous the belief that the world revolves solely around them - it sort of makes your stomach turn, right? sort of makes you never want to buy another one again, doesn't it?
Patti Davis is pissed because many of them - Lindsay Lohan currently - seem to be using rehab as Club Med. and that's unbearably wrong. Lohan was quoted earlier this year about her stay at Wonderland in January. she talked about the parquet floors and the white walls and how it was so quiet there, how she loved it. nothing about learning anything, about gaining any wisdom or insight or getting any help for her problems. she had a temporary hide-out from the relentless photographers and reporters who trail her - and then she went right back to her usual lifestyle.
the rehab thing has been on my mind lately, even before Lohan went back. i found out last week that an acquaintance of mine passed away in April, presumably from a drug overdose. she was a good friend of two friends of mine, and i was stunned to hear the news. this girl struggled with many issues in her life, but the last time i saw her she was doing great. she went to rehab, she took it seriously and did the best she could, but eventually got caught up with the wrong person and wound up dead. she was only twenty-five.
my own grandfather went to rehab when i was about 12 or 13. i visited him there on weekends, and was thrust into this environment i didn't fully understand. where he was wasn't a resort. i didn't see fancy furniture and fluffy pillows. i saw people struggling, leaning on each other, talking and talking until all the pain was gone.
my point is - there are real people in the world with real problems, in real trouble. maybe Lindsay Lohan does have serious problems with drugs and alcohol. maybe she'll actually gain something from rehab this time. i hope she does. i hope she realizes what a struggle it is to recover from an addiction, how it's a constant uphill battle, how it's a choice more than anything. and i hope somehow, by some chance, people start to realize how out of control this whole fame thing has become - and that continuing to buy into it will only make it worse.
maybe they'll read Patti Davis's column instead of "Stars - They're Just Like US!" that would be a good place to start.