The Sexist

Washington Post “Dares” to Call Lindsay Lohan “Haggard”

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In an editorial slide-show titled Lindsay Lohan: A Metamorphosis, the Washington Post's Liz Kelly revisits the many looks the 23-year-old starlet has cultivates over the years. But this is no style retrospective treatment, a la Madonna's chameleon-like fashion choices or Tyra's wacky wigs. This slide-show is focused exclusively on each stage of Lohan's career, and whether or not she looked ugly in it!

Let's see how Kelly rates Lohan's attractiveness over the past five years:

2004: "Channeling a bit of Britney Spears's 'little girl gone bad' mojo."

2005: "Bleach blond"; "rapidly shrinking frame"; "eating disorder"; "possible drug abuse."

2006: "Apparently at a healthier weight"; "curvy, brunette."

2007: "Healthy-ish."

2009: "Bathing suit-clad"; "victim of her own Sevin Nyne brand tanning mist"; "a blond, haggard Lohan."

Lohan is a celebrity, and part of being a celebrity is having your appearance intensely scrutinized by gossip columnists. Still, why is the Washington Post devoting editorial space on its front page that can be reduced to one catty Hollywood insult—Lohan looks "haggard"?

According to the slideshow's introduction, the product was an exercise in edginess. It reads, "Lindsay Lohan has been, dare we say it, looking a bit rough of late. Maybe it's the bleached hair or the fake tan, but it's getting harder to remember that Lohan is only 23." Apparently, publishing a fluffy celebrity slide-show filled with Perez Hilton-ready body-snarking now constitutes a "daring" editorial decision.

Actually, expressing that women look old, unattractive, unhealthy, too fat, too thin, or too blond is pretty much par for the course, as far as media coverage of women's bodies are concerned. The Post's celebrity sensibilities are actually beginning to wear a bit—dare I say it?—old.

  • whet moser

    Not sure what the worst thing about this is. The WaPo needling someone who seems to have problems and who all things considered is probably worthy of some compassion; comparing "haggard" Lohan to "in a photospread where people wear makeup and get Photoshopped you morons" Lohan"; being the last fucking outlet on earth to do anything on this.

  • Former Staffer

    Perhaps we should scrutinize the Post metamorphosis from a paper of record to a tabloid flop.

    "Have you seen the makeover they did of the Local looks, like totally wasted (effort)."

  • kATE

    Well said and well done for this article.Yayaya.Lindsay has guts/ She has faced alot on her life. Why everybody has to bring her down?She works since 3.She is the one still paying for her whole family.

    Thank you for this article.

  • 1967dc

    I saw a picture of her a few weeks ago and she does look alot older the her age. I do feel bad for her she obviously needs help and she's not getting it from her family. Sad.

  • jules

    @Former Staffer: It used to be such a beautiful...paper...its a mere shadow of its former self.