LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Hollywood actress who is more famous for her traffic mishaps and run-ins with the law may have cast herself in her most challenging role yet: a Mitt Romney supporter.
KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman reports Lindsay Lohan has weighed in on American politics – and sparked an uproar on social networking sites in the process – but may not even be able to vote.
Lohan voiced her support for the Republican candidate and former Massachusetts governor last Friday, reportedly telling Fox News that “I think unemployment is very important for now, so as of now I think [my vote] is for Mitt Romney.”
She added, “It’s a long story, but you’re going to have to wait for that.”
Her apparent change of heart comes after voting for President Barack Obama in 2008 – a reversal that Los Angeles Times celebrity blogger Christie D’Zurilla said is a far cry from the Hollywood political mainstream.
“You don’t see a lot of people in the entertainment industry stepping out and stepping up behind the GOP,” said D’Zurilla.
With the endorsement, Lohan joins an unlikely group of celebrity Romney supporters including actress Stacey Dash, porn star Jenna Jameson and singer Kid Rock.
D’Zurilla said in Lohan’s case, the actress may simply be seeking some tax relief from a GOP platform.
“My guess – and this is purely a guess – would have to do with that she’s run into some tax problems,” said D’Zurilla.
In September, Lohan asked Obama on Twitter to cut taxes “for those that are listed on Forbes as ‘millionaires’ if they are not, you must consider that as well”.
But like Dash – who was called an “idiot” and other insults after announcing her support for the Romney campaign – Lohan has also become a target of ridicule on Twitter.
Reaction on the social networking site has been less than favorable towards the “Mean Girls” actress, with at least one user urging Lohan to “kill yourself”.
Lindsay Lohan endorses Mitt Romney .. Kill yourself .—
Kaitlyn Torres (@CatalinaaOVO) October 15, 2012
“The reaction that Lindsay’s gotten online has been more along the lines of gentle poking at her driving skills,” D’Zurilla said. “Stacey Dash was treated pretty brutally in my opinion…some of it racist, some of sexist, some of it both.”
But even if Lohan is serious about her apparent endorsement, she may not actually be able to cast her vote for Romney: the 26-year-old former child model has reportedly not re-registered to vote since moving from the Venice District.