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Today, THG Asks: Should Lindsay Lohan host SNL?
YES. By Free Britney
I can hear my colleague now. Lindsay Lohan is just a train wreck, he'll say. She's not even in a movie or TV show! This is all just a ratings grab! Yup, all true. You finished?
Saturday Night Live is a TV program. Its purpose: Bring in famous guest hosts who help deliver laughs and ratings that will deliver advertising revenue. Lindsay will do both.
In three previous stints as host, Lohan was terrific. She's lost her way in recent years, as I'll be the first to point out. But she's still an actress by trade. A decent one even!
Why wouldn't Lorne Michaels, who she looks up to as a father figure, not give her another shot? Besides, given her ability to poke fun at herself, they'll have great material.
And since when is SNL the embodiment of class, the zenith of comedy, the entertainment bellwether that determines which stars are deserving a broader platform?
I'm a lifelong SNL fan, but the idea that it has standards is laughable. LiLo's young, hip, topical and talented, and will likely do a better job than most by all measures.
She and SNL want to work together. End of story. You don't have to feel compassion for Lindsay or like her. But don't make this out to be some unfair travesty.
NO. By Hilton Hater
At this point in her "career," there are only two reasons for Lindsay Lohan to appear on television:
- If a court date is televised.
- If a show is in desperate need of ratings.
Because Saturday Night Live is neither a news program nor a series that has to worry about cancellation, the decision to bring Lohan on board as host is downright pathetic.
This is someone who has not starred in a hit movie since 2004. She has not appeared on a TV show since 2008. She has no album to promote, no reason to be in the spotlight at all except in an attempt to rehabilitate her image.
And why should an institution such as SNL assist the trainwreck with that mission? Since when is the iconic sketch comedy show in the business of featuring celebrities that are famous only for their run-ins with the law?
Lohan is not an actress, athlete or a musician. She's nothing but a DUI and probation violation waiting to happen. Now she will be sharing the same stage that has been frequented by Presidential candidates, foreign dignitaries and Alec Baldwin.
For shame, Lorne Michaels. For shame.
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