We’ll admit it, right now. We LOVE the film Mean Girls. It might be more than ten years old but it’s a classic – if you haven’t seen it, it’s available on Netflix (other film streaming services are also available!).
It was arguably US-born but Britain-based actor Lindsay Lohan’s finest hour. And we’re not entirely sure what she’s done since. OK, she’s been in lots of stuff (have a look online) and she’s also a model, singer, songwriter, director, and producer (don’t you just despise people who are multi-talented?)
These days, it’s fair to say that The Lohan is known as much for her bizarre off screen antics as her acting past.
But a poet? Who knew?
This week, she attracted loads of press attention for penning a poem about her being awake at night worrying about Syrian refugees – and how she’d deal with ISIS (yes, really).
The ditty won’t win any high profile poetry awards – it really was quite strange – but it succeeded at one thing: bringing attention to the plight of millions of Syrian refugees whose lives have been torn apart by the ongoing civil war.
While the tabloids publish backlash and derision, we’re just happy that Lohan is using her celebrity to highlight the fact that there’s a refugee crisis in Syria and some of its neighbouring countries at the moment. An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war in March 2011. In fact, reports say that it’s the worst refugee crisis the world has ever seen.
Despite Lohan’s strange behaviour, she is at least putting her money where her mouth is.
She’s actually now the brand ambassador for the blue caffeine lemonade Mintanine, which has partnered with her to aid refugees.
The German company behind the drink, YNDA GmbH, is working with Lohan to hand out the drink to those in need. In fact, according to a company statement, it will donate 10 euros (approximately £8.50) for each Bigbox (72 cans) ordered from its online shop to charities working on the ground to help refugees.
There are lots of charities doing amazing work to help people over there, including Syria Relief, Unicef and Save the Children. Most of the charities say this is their largest ever appeal. It really is a crisis. It’s horrible to think about but children are being killed or injured and living in constant fear.
If you want to learn more about how the situation in Syria got so bad, the BBC published a story about the conflict which is really useful.
So we say well done to Lindsay Lohan for keeping the plight of refugees on the front pages!