A resurfaced Lindsay Lohan interview on The Late Show with David Letterman has been heavily criticized on social media in the aftermath of the Framing Britney Spears documentary, which takes a close look at how women are treated in the entertainment industry.
"This Lindsay Lohan interview on David Letterman in 2013 is horrifying to watch now," a Twitter user shared on Saturday, February 13.
The two-minute clip, which soon went viral in the Twittersphere, was a condensed version of the original 14-minute interview, where Letterman asked Lohan about rehab.
"Now aren't you supposed to be in rehab now?" Letterman asked, to which Lohan confirmed she'd enter May 2 and said she would be there for "three months" and was in rehab "several" times.
However, Letterman kept pressing the Mean Girls star about the personal matter.
"How will this time be different? What are they rehab-ing, first of all? What is on their list?" Letterman asked. "What are they going to work on when you walk through the door?"
"We didn't discuss this in the pre-interview," Lohan said, looking a bit uncomfortable as she continuously glanced away from Letterman and the camera. "I'm happiest when I'm working and healthiest, and I think this is an opportunity for me to focus on what I love in life. And I don't think it's a bad thing. I think it's a blessing…."
When Letterman later asked, "Do you have addiction problems?," Lohan responded: “Now you sound like Dr. Phil.”
Rehab is "perhaps a life-saver, a career-saver," Letterman said in the full version of the interview.
"The victory is to succeed and get through this and have a wonderful life ahead of you, is what they've always told me in psychiatry, and I've done my time," Letterman told the actress. "You have enough spine, enough sense of yourself, enough poise to come out here and talk to me."
The condensed version of the clip shows Lohan tearing up, and some users thought she was upset by the questions. "Sorry, I'm flustered right now, because you made me tear up, because you're very sweet…." Lohan said in the full clip, however, after Letterman praised her for talking candidly about her personal life and said that he "loved" seeing her.
Following the resurfaced clip, Lohan's representative Leslie Sloane spoke with Newsday about how Lohan conducted herself during the interview.
"In that time, in general, there were really no boundaries, and women have always had a tougher time," Sloane said. "All of these interviews and stories coming back now are proving that. I'm not specifically talking about Dave — Dave was always very sweet to her. Looking at it now, the interview seems awkward. But Lindsay handled herself with grace and class. Lindsay is not looking to condemn anybody, but is living in the present and is very happy, and in a couple of months will be announcing some new projects."
Scroll down to see the reactions:
Lohan Won In The End
Lindsay Lohan is alive and well. That’s the best revenge she could give to all the naysayers who aimed for her to die by an overdose or went on a worst road she was in. Proved them all wrong. She’s finally free from the toxic/abusive misogynistic Hollywood world. A true survivor. pic.twitter.com/iVYyGNQ7NG— I never said that (@Lohanforfans) February 13, 2021
One user noted that Lohan is a "true survivor."
'Framing Lindsay Lohan'
After the success of Framing Britney Spears many fans thought the former child star deserved her own documentary.
"I never found you funny, I never found you entertaining, I never found you smart. I just found you annoying," Nicki Minaj said in the clip.
An Overdue Apology
One user noted that Lohan is due an apology for how she was treated.
A Young Success
My addition to the Teenage Girls/Young Women Ruined by the Early Aughts Media discourse is that Lindsay Lohan was a really talented young actor and single-handedly carried so many hit movies before she turned 21— Julia Claire (@ohJuliatweets) February 12, 2021
With The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and more hit flicks under her belt, Lohan deserved more praise.
Only The Tip Of The Iceberg
I'm glad people are talking about the viciousness that Monica Lewinsky, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, & Lindsay Lohan faced. Please understand that they're the tip of the iceberg, & every girl & woman alive at the time saw, & learned a lot about who has power & who has worth. https://t.co/yKcX1Npd2T— Emily L. Hauser אלה אסתר (@emilylhauser) February 14, 2021