Celebrities Behaving Badly: Lohan vs. Pennington

Jail hallNow that we’re all over Paris Hilton and her stints in and out of court and jail, we’ve got Lindsay Lohan acting like coke clown. She just got out of rehab and was sunbathing with her SCRAM anklet, going around town, and living the high life again.

Apparently too high, as she was arrested last night for suspicion of DUI and had cocaine in her pants pocket. She posted bail and is free again to keep acting like an idiot. I see no remorse, shame, guilt, or even the slightest shred of personal responsibility out of her corner. Her publicist must have one of the worst jobs possible. Lindsay is a train wreck. At least Britney Spears stays sober and out of jail.

Now, let’s contrast these silly teenie-bopper washups with Ty Pennington, lead designer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, one of my favorite shows. In May, he was arrested for DUI and immediately (from Saturday to Monday) issued a public apology stating:

“I made an error in judgment. We all make mistakes, however this is about accountability. Under no circumstances should anyone consume alcohol while driving. I could have jeopardized the lives of others and I am grateful there was no accident or harm done to anyone. This was my wake-up call. I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused.”-Ty Pennington, May 7, 2007

What a stark contrast, yet his much better attitude doesn’t end there. He’s actually taking what the court dishes out, according to E! News:

“He was sentenced to three years’ probation, fined $390, ordered to attend alcohol-education classes for three months and had his license suspended for 90 days. He also must do community service in the form of a Mothers Against Drunk Driving speaking engagement.”

What is it about this group of twenty-somethings that don’t know how to behave? They have millions of dollars and still can’t figure out how to live within the confines of the rules society (let alone common sense) have set in place. Even Michael Vick got in on the action with years and years of suspected pit bull dog-fighting… as the stinking ringleader of an interstate criminal ring on his own property. The highest paid player in all of the NFL… all thrown away. Given the lightest possible circumstances based on the federal charges, he at least had to know this was going on because it was on his property and registered under his business name. He condones this activity. Disgusting.