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Why is it that Robert Downey-Junior..

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rnbsmum Sun 02-Jan-11 23:46:52

(who I LOVE) is given an enormous amount of support/plaudits/leeway when someone like Lindsay Lohan (ok not Helen Mirren but is a pretty decent actor unlike Paris Hilton, Kerry Katona and others of that ilk) is derided and demonised? Is it because she is female or am I missing something? Is it because she is percieved as courting celebrity? I don't know, but some of her films are well acted and I can't think of many female celebrities for whom silly behaviour is forgiven easily.

BeerTricksPotter Sun 02-Jan-11 23:53:55

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singingcat Sun 02-Jan-11 23:56:34

Lindsay Lohan is pretty rubbish. Was in a few teeny movies, and is now just a pointless druggie. SHe doesn;t seem to do anything worthwhile and isn't acting anymore. Downey Junior is not the best actor ever but still better than her.

juneybean Sun 02-Jan-11 23:56:50

I'm not entirely sure of the question confused

claig Sun 02-Jan-11 23:57:40

Yes it is because she is female and people are jealous of her.

JaneS Sun 02-Jan-11 23:58:58

What has Robert Downey Jr done? I'm not familiar with him, but are you saying that he shouldn't be appreciated as an actor because of his personal life?

singingcat Sun 02-Jan-11 23:59:33

He did get put in prison for drugs

But he has also made some decent films and is a pretty good actor. Also is clean now.

BeerTricksPotter Mon 03-Jan-11 00:00:01

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ValiumTinselton Mon 03-Jan-11 00:00:35

I don't see why this question should be on the feminist board. It's a good question! It's not an unreasonable question imo.

But has RDJ finished using drugs now? Just wondering. Lindsay Lohan can act. I think that she's considered a good actress, just really unreliable. KK well I do have a spot spot for KK because no matter how much she's kicked she gets back up again everytime.

LittleMissHissyFit Mon 03-Jan-11 00:00:53

Robert has AFAIK shown nothing more than sad addiction and a battle with substance/alcohol.

LiLo on the other hand has shown only contempt and a total lack of respect for the law, legal process or herself. she has issues taking her punishements seriously, drinks with an anti drink tag, had FUCK YOU put on her nails for the judgement....

cornshilk007 Mon 03-Jan-11 00:02:14

Is this a real question? Lindsey Lohan is a shit actor/actress. Robert Downey Junior is not.

ValiumTinselton Mon 03-Jan-11 00:02:40

Lindsay Lohan played an American child and an English child in the same movie (the remake of the parent trap). That can't have been that easy. She made a good job of that.

cornshilk007 Mon 03-Jan-11 00:03:02

oh yes - the FUCK YOU nails. nice

rnbsmum Mon 03-Jan-11 00:04:22

You are probably right in thinking this should be in Feminism - however, DH asked the question and I felt that the Lindsay Lohan issue might be a bit low-brow for people to respond to! grin It may be true that she is a teen movie girl but I liked her in "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls" and just wondered why some people get more second chances?

cornshilk007 Mon 03-Jan-11 00:04:35

she could play a precocious child in different accents? wow

cornshilk007 Mon 03-Jan-11 00:05:03

she has already had loads of chances

singingcat Mon 03-Jan-11 00:05:48

She makes absolutely no effort, constantly breaks her bail and generally acts like a twat. I'm sure she would be given a second chance if she tried, but she's already so rich she probably doesnt give a shit

BeerTricksPotter Mon 03-Jan-11 00:07:10

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fluffles Mon 03-Jan-11 00:07:15

Lindsay Lohan is an ok actor.. ish.. but Robert Downey Jnr is really, really good.

Also, the gutter press are far more interested in her 'wild child' antics than his - and yes, this is partly because she's female and didn't behave as 'nice girls' should but she also benefited from that as much as she's now suffering.

Although Robert Downie Jnr is still pretty famous i'd say he was more of the generation of say Drew Barrimore who also fucked herself up big time but didn't quite do it so publicly as Lindsay Lohan.

Li-Lo lived in the gutter press and was crucified by them too.

ValiumTinselton Mon 03-Jan-11 00:09:26

Well I don't know what chances she's getting right now. None. So you can all rest assured that she's paid the price.

claig Mon 03-Jan-11 00:09:33

I think it is because she is good looking. People like to knock beauty, it makes them feel better and less inadequate. If she was Sean Penn or Mickey Rourke, people would say that she was a tormented genius. But because she is a good looking woman, many people only want to knock her and ridicule her achievements.

ZacharyQuack Mon 03-Jan-11 00:09:40

RDJ's arrest was years ago though, and since then he has got back to work and made a lot of films. At the time of the arrest, he was probably treated differently to the way he is treated now.

Lindsay Lohan made a few movies as a child/teenager and hasn't really worked for years now.

Also, the way the media treats celebrities now is quite different to RDJ's day - the internet has made a huge difference.

fluffles Mon 03-Jan-11 00:09:41

ok, have just googled and discovered that Drew Barrimore is ten years older than Lindsay Lohan and Robert Downey Jnr is ten years older than Drew Barrimore.

I think a lot has to do with those generational differences, the real gutter press (heat, perez hilton) didn't exist when DB and RDJ were being really wild.

cornshilk007 Mon 03-Jan-11 00:10:52

RDJ's performance on chaplin was considered to be very good - exceptional even. He is an actor that wasted his exceptional talent through drugs/drink. Lindsey Lohan on the other hand is a lush/spoilt brat.

fluffles Mon 03-Jan-11 00:13:15

also, he's been sober since 2003, i don't think people were talking favourably about him as we are now back in 2000/01.

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