Didn't read what Lohan said, but THIS story in WSJ makes a shitload of sense to me ... and I loathe Weinstein ... There’s No Virtue in Joining an Angry Mob by Paula Marantz Cohen The condemnations of Harvey Weinstein’s egregious behavior have become a deluge. We’ve seen this before—an ever-increasing tirade against a once-respected figure. It is as though we’ve learned the habit of outrage and feel obliged to be even more dramatically horrified than we were the last time this kind of news was revealed. Woody Allen, admittedly a dubious judge, has been lambasted for warning against a witch hunt. But Mr. Weinstein can be guilty and still be the object of what looks like a hypocritical hunger for blood. Where were all these people who now say they were aware of his behavior a year, a decade, a quarter-century ago? Too afraid to speak up then but empowered to do so now when there is a chorus to back them up. It’s more like a lynch mob than a witch hunt. A lynch mob is still a lynch mob, even when its target is guilty. The problem here goes beyond Harvey Weinstein. It is a symptom of a kind of responsiveness that has permeated this country on many levels and on many fronts. When the media becomes judge and jury, groupthink sets in and the mob expresses its indignation. No one is allowed to doubt or to express sympathy. In the case of Mr. Weinstein, a man once lauded for his artistic taste and enjoyed for his crude but refreshing New Yorker manners is now the most egregiously horrible individual who ever lived, reduced overnight from a mogul into a monster—though at the same time we are told that everyone really knew what he was all along. Meanwhile, the media continues to relay one prurient detail after another, feeding the public’s maw for gossip, while allowing us to indulge in high-minded outrage. There is something deeply worrisome about this kind of flattening process, both for what it says about those who never spoke up until now and for what it says about our inability to grasp the complexity of the human condition. We wonder about trolling on the internet, but our press encourages this in its tabloid-style piling on of reporting—in its inability to contextualize or restrain itself in the face of the public appetite for more of the same. The Weinstein case has its correlative in the political arena. On both sides of the political spectrum, we seem driven by a need for dramatic outrage that masquerades as virtue. Once a case has been made in the public sphere, on whichever side, the case gets made again and again in increasingly simplistic terms. Any attempt to see around or outside the established scenario means that you are a bad person. The deadening, coercive nature of this kind of thinking is disturbing. I am upset by what is happening in our country today. I don’t like the mean-spirited way our president behaves and expresses himself. I don’t like the way much of the press, both on the right and the left, seems intent on smug, simplistic reporting. I don’t like the way gestures, such as showing exuberance or seeming disrespect on the football field, have been blown up to mean something more or other than they should. I don’t like the way some college students have become self-righteous know-it-alls, claiming to be traumatized by words and texts. And I don’t like the way many teachers have been made to feel they must toe a party line and walk on eggshells. This is not the way to nurture democracy, fairness and human compassion. Get Harvey Weinstein out of the newspapers and into the courts. If convicted, punish him as the law requires, but remember that he, like all of us, is a human being. We have forgotten this about anyone who has been labeled our opposition, and this has made us a meaner and ultimately more dangerous country.