We can’t believe the guy lasted this long. In what might have been one of the hardest jobs ever, Steve Honig, Lindsay Lohan’s publicist, quit. He told The Daily News, “I really feel very firmly that it’s private and I don’t want to say anything.” Since he started in 2010, Steve has had to defend her through recent claims she struck a Manhattan cook with her car, started a fight with a congressional staffer over cell phone photos, trashing Elizabeth Taylor’s original trailer and called her mom a cocaine-sniffing “devil” on tape. And that was just this summer! Maybe it was her most recent accusation of swiping $15,000 worth of wardrobe from the set of Scary Movie 5 (you think people would know not to leave jewelry or clothing near her) or maybe it was her father trying to stage an intervention for her that put Steve over the edge. Or maybe it was because he doesn’t see things ever changing for Lindsay.
Though in the beginning of this year we routed for Lindsay when insisted she was making her real comeback, it seems like that was just lies. She hosted Saturday Night Live and did a big media campaign to promote it right around the time she got the coveted part of Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime film Liz & Dick. It seemed like things were on track, even though the producers of the film openly admitted she had to become the most insured actress ever to do this production. But soon there were problems on set and then by end of this summer she was back to car accidents, public brawls and stealing. Honig had been a big part of the attempted comeback, helping to polish her image. Perhaps he quit because he felt he failed her or she was just a lost cause.
It does seem like Lindsay will never have that polished image she wants or be able to stay out of trouble but at the same time she may be able to get away with less because she is a woman in Hollywood. Actress Mila Kunis spoke of this double standard with Interview Magazine recently:
“I think there will always be a double standard between males and females, so I think that an actress is more likely to protect her public persona, so to speak, than an actor would be. An actor goes crazy in a hotel room, gets trashed, throws a bench, breaks a window, and he is considered a rock star. An actress does that and she’s sent to rehab and is thought to have problems and issues and can’t get a job.”
And she’s right. We give Charlie Sheen a new series on FX and a roast on Comedy Central after he has a full on public breakdown riddled with addiction and destruction (and let’s not forget this man is the father to five children and actually shot someone once) and yet we tell Lindsay Lohan day after day she is lucky to be getting a career comeback. Not that Lindsay’s behavior isn’t terrible, but is it as terrible as Sheen’s? And let’s not forget, he has 20-something years on her. Producer Richard O’Sullivan said, “Lindsay hasn’t been keeping entire prostitution rings in business. Charlie has. Lindsay hasn’t destroyed personal property like Charlie has. Still, Lindsay’s a pariah and yet when Charlie does it, it’s just ‘boys being boys’.” Does anyone even remember when Johnny Depp trashed a hotel room? No, because he is awesome and that just contributed to his alluring mystique.