In a not-quite-so-epic celebrity showdown on Twitter, Lindsay Lohan and Pauley Perrette are facing off on the issue of tax cuts. Lohan, the Mean Girls actress, recently tweeted a request to President Barack Obama to cut taxes, even for supposed “millionaires,” while Perrette, the NCIS actress, has graciously requested to have her taxes raised to fund government programs. Twitchy.com broke the stories (here and here) over the weekend.
It is not unusual for actors to chime in on politics thanks to Twitter, but it is unusual to have two actresses state opposite sides of such a charged issue, especially when both are Hollywood liberals. The controversy started on September 6, when President Barack Obama tweeted the statement “I’ve cut taxes for those who need it: middle-class families, small businesses.”
Lohan then replied to the tweet with the statement “@BarackObama we also need to cut them for those that are listed on Forbes as ‘millionaires’ if they are not, you must consider that as well.”
It is unclear exactly what Lohan meant with the tweet. She may have been referring to individuals that make one of the many different “Richest People” lists Forbes features. These lists include America’s Richest Individuals, Richest Celebrities, and even the Richest Rappers in America. She may have also been referring to a general definition of a millionaire by Forbes.
Although Lohan’s success early in her career would qualify her for millionaire status, her recent professional struggles have caused some financial issues, which could have triggered the Twitter response. She recently faced a federal tax lien of nearly $100,000 for back taxes, despite reportedly bringing in nearly $1 million for her Playboy photo shoot.
On Spetember 8, Perrette chimed in on the issue when she tweeted “The instant newly rich famous celebrity person instantly is against tax cuts for the rich is the instant I lose respect.” The confusing statement led her to issue another tweet saying “Clarify: I’m SO in the 1% I WANT my taxes raised to go to #teachers and #FirstResponders NO TAX BREAKS FOR RICH #GoObama.” It is unclear whether Perrette was responding to Lohan’s tweet, although it appears she was.
Perrette then tweeted “GOP (Greedy Ol Party) Rich people want their tax cuts to be less than the 99% of folks that need them so they STAY richer.” That statment triggered an angry response from fans, including “GOPMommy,” who tweeted “I’m GOP & I support 3 kids on less $$ a year than U spend on a purse. Quit generalizing us as ‘greedy rich people,’ its ignorant.”
Lohan, however, took a far worse beating on Twitter, as she was subjected to a series of profane insults. Among the attacks reported by Twitchy were “y dont you do the world a favor and OD!” Another tweeted “Lindsay, seriously, f*** you. You really are no better than that b*****d Romney.” Lohan is no Republican; she often retweets Obama’s tweets, and calls herself a fan of Michelle Obama.
Although Lohan’s tweet may have been purely selfish, and she obviously has only herself to blame for her financial situation, she may have been the most correct. A million dollars does not go nearly as far as it used to, and yet those who achieve success are punished to a higher degree. Lohan joins a number of celebrities, including Jon Lovitz, who have criticized the President’s war on wealth. It was as if she had a moment of clarity in a lifetime of madness.
On the other hand, Perrette’s contention that higher taxes would go to teachers and first responders is seriously misguided. Local taxes pay salaries for teachers, police officers, and firefighters, and a federal tax increase would likely go towards random government projects that have added over $4 trillion to the national debt under President Obama’s watch. Sometimes, federal grants to states do help pay for some salaries, but they are not constant and often lead to layoffs once the grants end.
While both took their share of criticism, the pressure may have been too much for Lohan, as she has since deleted her tweet. She learned a hard lesson: never go against the President.
Victor Medina writes for Yahoo News and his political blog When Liberals Attack. His other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News and SportsIllustrated.com. He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum. You can follow him on his blog, VictorMedina.com or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. To be notified of future stories by Victor Medina, click the SUBSCRIBE button at the top of this page.