August 13th, 2010
11:48 AM ET
There was a very special segment on the “Today” show this morning, as Lindsay Lohan’s mother, Dina, decided to sit down with Matt Lauer to discuss – what else - her 24-year-old daughter Lindsay, who’s gone from a brief jail sentence to court-ordered rehab.
Mama Lohan didn’t necessarily “reveal” much of anything, other than a tendency to be severely redundant.
Things that will be seared into your memory, should you choose to watch the interview: Her son Michael is 22 and graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca; Lindsay isn’t her only child, she has four of them; she has a “criminal stay away” against her ex-husband Michael; and the judge on Lindsay’s case has been removed. (Oh, by the way: Mama Lohan thinks the judge played hardball with her daughter.)
Aside from those clearly pertinent facts, she also elaborated a bit on what life was like for Lindsay in jail. “Lindsay was in with alleged murderers, and she’s become friends with a lot of them. Lindsay’s rolled with the punches and she’s doing wonderfully," she told Lauer.
But when the "Today" host countered with the idea that some believe Lindsay got what was coming to her, Lohan said that's because they've been reading too many tabloids.
“I think that’s all propaganda," the 47-year-old mom said. "As you know, you’re in the business of entertainment, and I think a lot of it is pre-orchestrated and you’re reading things that are not based on facts."
Lindsay's life is magnified, Mama Lohan went on, and that's the reason people think she's worse off than she is. “I raise[d] my children to be normal and... they go out, and Lindsay doesn’t realize she does have people watching her and she does have a lot of media surrounding her. Tabloids are daily and they follow these kids and it’s not fair. In the old days, Julia Roberts and those girls didn’t have them following them and their relationships...With the Internet and everything else it’s become so much more profound that they can’t really live.”
To the elder Lohan, her daughter hasn’t necessarily done anything that any other young 20-something would do – it’s just that her actions land in the tabloids.
“You can tell your children whatever you want to tell them, but they’re going to do what they’re going to do when they turn 18, 19. You kind of lose a little power and control, which you want to do for your child, you want to let them go. Without failure there’s no success, I’m sure you’ve lived that yourself,” she told Lauer. “We’ve all gone to college. My son graduated summa cum laude, he’s 22, from Ithaca. It’s a whole ‘nother world when you’re allowed to live your life and experience things with failure and success and come through it. Lindsay’s already through it.”
When Lindsay does her post-jail, post-rehab interview – and she will, Lohan assured Lauer more than once – people will be able to see that there are “completely different dynamics than what you’re reading. When you meet her and you see my child – and as I said, I have four children, not just Lindsay – it’s blown out of proportion,” she said of the news coverage.
Aside from an interview that will showcase her daughter’s brilliance – because she is brilliant, Mama Lohan assured Lauer, again more than once – she added that the future for Lindsay includes a move back to New York and a little charity work.
“She’s grown and learned considerably and certainly made mistakes as we all have done in our younger years,” Lohan said. “Lindsay right now is focusing on charity and helping save the next victim of tabloids.”
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