Lynne Spears orchestrated the intervention which ultimately led daughter Britney Spears to a 30-day stay in a residential treatment facility, and as thanks for this, Britney reportedly cut her mom out of her life entirely. In stark contrast, Kathy Hilton and Dina Lohan partied right alongside their more famous daughters, right up until the moment they themselves were escorted to rehab or — in the case of Paris Hilton, early this a.m. — jail. In a new post by the blog Too Cool For School, the question is posed: In the ‘Hollywood Smackdown’ between conservative parents and liberal parents, who — if anyone — wins?
Some of the explanations proposed by the author for these ‘girls gone wild’ include that it was Lynne’s repressive values which ultimately led her daughter astray, as almost all girls will rebel at some point in time and that rebellion is often directly related to the degree to which they felt stifled by their parents. Perhaps if Lynne — who will appear as a guest on The View this Wednesday — had been "a little more understanding and tolerant, Britney might not have gone over the edge," the author suggests.
On the other hand, Kathy and Dina lose points for being enablers — with Dina insisting that Lindsay Lohan is simply "misunderstood" and Kathy seemingly taking issue with the mounting legal bills amassed by Paris, but not with the illegal behavior which necessitated the legal representation itself. The author also leaves room for nature vs. nurture, noting that "certain individuals are going to self-destruct regardless of their support system."
I don’t discount the possibility that Lindsay would be out of control regardless of her dysfunctional support.
Source: Too Cool For School
Thanks to CBB reader Laura.
What do you think? Would you prefer Lynne, Kathy or Dina’s styles as a mom? Are they at all to blame for the troubles that have befallen their daughters?