It's one thing to be paranoid -- but it's another thing to get all litigious 'n shizz about your delusions.
momlogic's Vivian: The New York Post reports oft-wrecked actron Lindsay Lohan is chasing $100M in "pain and suffering" damages from E*TRADE, because she's of the opinion that Lindsay, the "milkaholic" baby in their most recent ad, is a pisstake on her.
"And that milkaholic Lindsay wasn't over?" the baby girl asks him suspiciously.
"Lindsay?" the boy replies -- just before another baby girl sticks her head into the frame and slurs, "Milk-a-what?"
Even though the baby is only addressed by her first name, Lohan's attorney, Stephanie Ovadia, argues that E*TRADE is capitalizing on Lohan's single-name recognition.
"Many celebrities are known by one name only, and E*TRADE is using that knowledge to profit," Ovadia said. "They used the name 'Lindsay.' They're using her name as a parody of her life. Why didn't they use the name 'Susan'? This is a subliminal message. Everybody's talking about it and saying it's Lindsay Lohan."
Ovadia is ordering E*TRADE to yank the spot and surrender all copies to Lohan, claiming that the ad "violated Lohan's rights under New York State civil-rights law and used her 'name and characterization' in business without paying her or getting her approval."
Chris Brown, spokesman for the ad's producer, Grey Group, argues that his company used the name "Lindsay" because "it just used a popular baby name that happened to be the name of someone on the account team."
Ay yi yi. Linds, perhaps it's time to drop the bottle, because antics like this one have flushed your credibility right down the bowl. And yet ... when I watched this ad during the Super Bowl, thoughts of Lohan did cross my mind.
What do you guys think? Does Lindsay Lohan have a point?
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel serves as momlogic's East Coast Editor. She has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|