Al­ler­gic to ‘no’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“What hap­pens to a kid who’s al­ler­gic to the word ‘no’? [. . .] [W]hen Lind­say Lo­han was ar­rested (again) for felony drug pos­ses­sion, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence (again), and driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense (again), the world got an an­swer. [. . .]

“Peo­ple like Lo­han need to get sober. They need to be told they can’t drink. They need to be told that so­bri­ety is more im­por­tant than ca­reer. They need to be told they can’t hang out with the same friends and go to the same places. Of course all of that just smacks of ‘no,’ and wouldn’t work for ‘busi­ness rea­sons.’ [. . . ]

“The reck­less­ness that al­lows some­one like Lo­han the same lifestyle she led prior to treat­ment, com­bined with a celebrity cul­ture that makes an ar­rest just an­other op­por­tu­nity to get in front of the cam­eras, is deadly. [. . .]

“[A]s pop cul­ture gives per­mis­sion to ev­ery kid in the na­tion to live with­out bound­aries, we may be in for more pub­lic starim­plod­ing de­ba­cles. Just one thing has been nag­ging at me, though: Af­ter Brit­ney drove with a baby on her lap and Ni­cole, Paris and Lind­say each re­ceived DUIs, why on earth don’t th­ese gals at least get driv­ers?”

— Sacha Zim­mer­man, writ­ing on “Su­per­nova,” July 26 in the New Repub­lic On­line at www.tnr.com

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