Lohan, Hilton; Rich Drugheads

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Often, their transgressions –drug and alcohol abuse, driving while intoxicated or drugged out, driving with suspended licenses, whoring – are covered uncritically or in a celebratory manner.


EDITORIAL

 

Both The New York Daily News and The New York Post lead today’s front page with an article trumpeting actress Lindsay Lohan’s impending return to an alcohol and drug dependency center.

Why is this worthy of front page coverage?

Lohan, like her contemporary Paris Hilton, is a rich white entertainer – in Hilton’s case the word is enclosed in thick parentheses. Both get undeserved adulatory coverage in the gossip pages of major newspapers throughout the country.

Both produce nothing that adds to or prove the human condition; yet both are treated as if the world would miss them if they were to suddenly depart from earth.

Often, their transgressions –drug and alcohol abuse, driving while intoxicated or drugged out, driving with suspended licenses, behaving like whores – are covered uncritically or in a celebratory manner. Those addicted to drugs in the so-called inner cities are crack heads; rich white celbrities who act like whores are “victims” and "spoiled brats" who need “rehab.”

Lohan last week crashed her Mercedes Benz while DUI; cocaine was reportedly found in her vehicle. Why is this drug head not being hauled to jail? Can you imagine a young Black man crashing his car, being found in possession of cocaine, and then heading to “rehab”? Hilton a few weeks ago was arrested for driving with a suspended license and finally slapped with some minor jail term. Before she could even start serving the sentence, it was reduced by half.

These are the kind of double standards that make a mockery of the so-called justice system. There is the “law” then there is the “LAW.” One is meant for rich white folk; the other for poor Black folk. This is not news at all. What’s alarmingly frustrating is for newspapers to acts as enablers with constant undeserved uncritical coverage of these privileged rich white drug addicts.
 


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