Barbara Walters is definitely America's co-grandma. Betty White is the grandmother who sneaks you chocolate chip cookies under the table. Barbara is the one who looks sweet but taps your knuckles with a ruler whenever you need it.
The doyenne of the "The View" is speaking out about Lindsay Lohan's recent mishaps. Barbara and Lindsay almost had a parting of ways a few weeks ago. The elder TV stateswoman was rightfully miffed when Lohan stood her up after a scheduled interview.
Ms. Walters is a legend and a pioneer. Other celebs lobby to participate in her myriad of projects like the annual "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012."
Meanwhile, Lindsay's star has been steadily fading since her "Mean Girls" days. Her interview with Walters was supposed to take place before her Lifetime movie, "Liz and Dick," aired. Lindsay, of course, played Elizabeth Taylor in the doomed project, which has now joined the cemetery of campy films that are deliciously bad.
Could the fallen star have mitigated a portion of the terrible reactions by first humanizing herself with a Walters interview instead of going for a lighter chat with classic funnyman Jay Leno? Perhaps.
Now Linds has been arrested yet again. The charge this time is assault. Lohan reportedly punched a woman in a nightclub. Her challenges this year alone have included a rocky time on probation and allegedly lying to the police about a car crash. She has also faced guilt by association via her parents' antics. Her mother Dina Lohan had a rather unfortunate televised "meltdown." The "Parent Trap" actress called her dad for help after clubbing with her mom, but he sold the story to the tabloids. Then the story of his secret love child came out.
What's a once promising, former child actress to do?
Barbara has some suggestions. The journalist insisted on her morning chat fest that Lindsay needs to take responsibility. She sees Lindsay's problems as "one thing after another." Nonetheless, Barbara admitted to still having a soft spot for the starlet. While Whoopi tried to defend Lindsay, BW said that Lilo has no business being in a club at 4 o'clock in the morning with her history.
Barbara went on to say that Lindsay is 26-years-old but a "troubled child." She made note of Lilo's several stints in rehab. Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck pointed out that this fight probably wouldn't have happened in a library.
Barbara seemed compassionate and genuinely concerned. She made a point of saying, "When you meet Lindsay, you are always touched by her." She still maintained that "at some point you have to take your own responsibility."
Hopefully, somewhere Linds is listening.
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