"Are we awed or offended?" one showbiz blog asked about the photos of Lindsay Lohan reenacting a famous Marilyn Monroe shoot that appeared in New York yesterday.
Certainly, many were awed: This Website spent much of yesterday groaning under the weight of sweaty fingers. People magazine called Bert Stern's photo shoot Lohan's "greatest role to date." Defamer predicted that "this tastefully titillating homage to Marilyn Monroe's 'Last Sitting' is poised to sit alongside Drew Barrymore's role in Poison Ivy in the pantheon of greatest breast-baring comebacks of all-time."
Others were more bemused. Daniel Radosh commented that Marilyn looked more "not dead" than Lindsay. The New Yorker's Dana Goodyear seemed to indicate that she had somehow never before seen naked boobs on the Internet. Was Monica Corcoran in the L.A. Times offended when she said that Bert Stern "should be ashamed of himself for aping such a memorable photo shoot for a 21-year-old actress whose most notable credit is Herbie Fully Loaded"? Or was she merely confused? (Doesn't everyone think Lindsay's most notable credit is Mean Girls?)
Radar rounded up some PR people to comment that breasts, once bared, have a way of overshadowing one's acting. "For the last six weeks, she hasn't been in trouble, and then she does this," complained Ronn Torossian of 5WPR. "It's okay for her to not be in the news right now." (Subtext: Lindsay, call me.)
But in the end, the person whose opinion mattered most was cool with it. "It was very tastefully done," Dina Lohan told People today. "I looked at it as art, and as Lindsay doing a character. So I don't look at them like it's Playboy; she was being a character. So if you look at it that way, you can look at it as a mother."