When Juliana Hatfield feels sour about something, she generally writes a damn good song about it. Ever since her Blake Babies days, Hatfield has had a knack for penning sad-but-true lyrics about women in bad situations — be it herself or someone else.
This time, the indie rock goddess gave a shout-out to Lindsay Lohan, someone she feels has been getting a bad rap. This is not the first time Hatfield has discussed a double standard in the entertainment biz, where men can behave badly and are glorified “Hollywood bad boys” while the women are deemed past-their-prime train wrecks. Well, she can explain it better than I can:
“Men and women in the entertainment business are treated so differently,” Hatfield told Sterogum.com after writing a song dedicated to Lohan. “Women seem to be judged more harshly. I feel it (though I operate in the margins/peripherals). Lindsay must feel it, too. And, so, I feel for her. I say: Give Lindsay Lohan a break and a chance. She could be a great actor if she focuses on getting and doing good work.”
The song, titled “There’s Always Another Girl (For Lindsay Lohan)” may not be a plea for Lohan to dip back into the dating pool, (that’s the first thing I thought from the title) but it does discuss how the media seems to be waiting for her to self-destruct (which we discussed previously as well.) Here’s a lyric sampler:
Oh people love it when a beautiful woman self destructs/Like a bird in a cage or a bug under glass people point but don’t touch/But beautiful boys get away with so much, they get away with murder / They can be wasted and dirty and cruel because they know there’s always another girl.
Hatfield explained her decision to write the song came after renting I Know Who Killed Me, a film that didn’t do so well at the box office, but did mark Lohan’s stripper debut.
“I rented I Know Who Killed Me and was impressed at how watchable and interesting Lindsay Lohan was in it, which was a surprise because the film was universally panned,” Hatfield told Stereogum. “That got me thinking, and Tweeting, about what a sort of bum rap Lindsay has gotten these past few years and how she is actually, if you sit down and watch her with an open mind, a good actor and how all she needs is one great, serious role in a good movie — maybe a small indie movie — to make people take her seriously (like Mickey Rourke and The Wrestler).”
“It’s so gross and nasty for people to be watching and waiting and almost cheerleading for Lindsay to relapse, or get in a car crash or whatever. Horrible.”
Maybe Lohan does need an indie role, but in any case we think Hatfield is right: Women are held to a different standard in Hollywood and beyond, which is both gross and nasty.
Check out the song on Juliana’s website and, while you’re at it, listen to some of her other songs.