If you thought Lindsay Lohan's goodwill trip to India to take part in a BBC documentary on child trafficking had "international incident" written all over it, give yourself a cookie. As the starlet, 23, returned home to Los Angeles on Saturday, she faced criticism over comments she made on Twitter during her brief visit.
"Over 40 children saved so far ... Within one day's work ... This is what life is about ... Doing THIS is a life worth living!!!" Lindsay enthused on Wednesday in a seemingly horn-tooting post that she subsequently removed from her feed. "Oh, and I'm talking about being in India."
Oh, and she was also being a bit ambiguous, which can happen when writing in 140 characters or less.
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According to the London Daily Telegraph, the children in question were rescued during raids carried out in 15 workshops in New Delhi before Lohan even landed.
That means despite the implication that the chubby-lipped actress triumphantly emerged from one of the sweatshops, a kid in each arm, as music swelled and the sun created a halo around her peroxide-y mane, that's not how it went down.
"She was not even in the country when this raid happened," protests a lawyer and activist known as Bhuwan, who is part of the advocacy group Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) that helped set the raid in motion.
Bhuwan believes Lindsay diminished the work that went into the bust, which he says took two months to organize and was a joint effort with police and local officials.
While LiLo and her film crew reportedly visited a shelter housing some of the rescued tykes the day after the raid, Bhuwan wonders if she could even locate the workshops, where children as young as seven were laboring seventeen hours a day for pennies (if they were paid at all) to make mirrored ornaments earmarked for export.
The BBA is so ticked off by the tweet that it's threatening to sue her for "misinterpretation of facts, breach of trust and plagiarism of cause."
The move comes despite Lohan's apparent attempt to clear things up in a post on Friday: "The BBA does amazing work and I thank them for it! Glad to be with people for all of the aftermath :)"
Guess that smiley face didn't work.
Meanwhile, the BBC, after surrendering a chunk of its credibility when it inexplicably tapped Lindsay to take part in the documentary, quickly went into damage control mode.
"We would like to stress that she did not say she was present at the raid, this is a misinterpretation," a rep told the Telegraph. "She was merely referring to a raid that happened connected to child trafficking -- the subject of the program."
At least there's one person who's happy with Lohan's attempt at a good deed.
"I am so proud of her for going," her blinders-wearing mom, Dina, kvells to People magazine, which says Linds also visited a few hospitals and handed out gifts to sick children.
"Focusing on celebrities and lies is so disconcerting, when we can be changing the world one child at a time," Lindsay opined. "Hope everyone can see that."
What she can't seem to see? That helping people shouldn't be wish fulfillment for good PR-needing celebrities who appear to be in need of their own rescue mission.
"Going to make one of my lifelong dreams on my list of things to do in this lifetime!!!!!" Lohan raved shortly before takeoff. "Wish me luck!"
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