There’s no doubt about it: Lindsay Lohan does some pretty stupid things. But turning down $550,000 when you’re in hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt? It seems almost too absurd to be true. So why did she deprive me a Lindsay Lohan Dancing With The Stars party?* Apparently, it’s because she’s not responsible enough and  knows it.

A source via RadarOnline stated that she simply couldn’t handle DWTS (of which she would’ve been the biggest star, because reality TV is funny like that).

“Lindsay has been a mess on movie sets lately. She doesn’t show up on time, she keeps everyone waiting and so her team decided that there was no way that she could handle the pressure of a live show like Dancing with the Stars.

“Lindsay operates on her own schedule, and there would be no way that anyone could guarantee that she would be on time for rehearsals or the shows, and they’re live so it would be horrible if she didn’t show up!”

For those of you who do not watched Don’t Trust The B* (which got canceled yesterday because everything is terrible), one of the highlights is James Van Der Beek’s desperate attempt to regain his famedom by means of Dancing With The Stars. This is what I would imagine backstage might look like for LiLo, but we will all be deprived of: sequins, spinning, (almost) success at a comeback.

For some reason, this whole shebang has been one of the saddest of LiLo’s to me. She is saying “no” not only to something that could help the rather incredible debt she’s accumulated, but she’s also turning down the prospect of being somewhat redeemed in people’s eyes. Granted, reality television is literally the last place most people are capable of redeeming themselves, but considering the past few months wherein she’s stolen priceless gifts, yelled at beloved porn stars and been an overall asshole, it would appear the traditional route of “acting like a nice professional and human being” isn’t going to work.

Most of us know what being in debt; it totally sucks. If an opportunity to clear our individual debts were too arise, wouldn’t the majority of us take it? Yeah, I know a lot of people say that morals would come first and massive debt clearance would come second, but being in debt is truly difficult and can destroy so much about your life, so doing something stupid like a reality show — one that is generally only watched by middle-aged sweethearts — is honestly not the worst way to help yourself get debt-free. But regardless, no matter what the means, being irresponsible and knowing it should not be the reason you say no to decent opportunities.

If LiLo is indeed as aware about her unprofessionalism and irresponsibility coming in the way of doing…anything, you think she’d stop, right? Again, this is what makes me so sad about this particular incident: the idea that she would turn down $550,000, when so few other people are willing to work with her and she’s in tons of debt, simply because she’s just not that into being an adult. Obviously, if she really can’t handle it, it makes sort of sense to turn it down since it would probably breach a contract to not show up. Nevertheless, it’s just a bummer to see her squandering another opportunity — albeit a pretty sucky one — and yet, I doubt anybody’s surprised at this point.

*I would never have had this party. That’s a ridiculous party idea.

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