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Lindsay Lohan: 'Entourage' culture undermines essential values

As Lindsay Lohan heads to jail for probation violations, experts call it one more sign of a growing ‘entourage’ culture, where behavior is influenced by like-minded cohorts rather than essential values.

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Actress Lindsay Lohan reacts with her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley after sentencing by Superior Court Judge Marsha Reve in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, July 6. The judge sentenced Ms. Lohan to 90 days in jail after ruling she violated probation in a 2007 drug case by failing to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes.

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As Actress Lindsay Lohan contemplates her 90-day jail sentence, not to mention recently being dropped from a role in the upcoming film “The Other Side” after producers reportedly balked at her erratic behavior, she may want to use the hiatus to assess whose voice she heeds, say longtime industry watchers.

While the tabloid coverage rages, everyone from legal and rehab specialists to family therapists and spiritual leaders call the Lohan celebrity train wreck one more sign of a growing “entourage” culture, where behavior is influenced by like-minded cohorts and less and less by traditional values.

“This is a replacement for the traditional family where outside values from older, wiser figures such as parents and teachers have less and less influence,” says Rabbi Schmuley Boteach.

It is also a world of increasing parental abdication, he says adding, “The reason it is so destructive is once there is no one of responsibility or values or wisdom, they tend to fall back on the most base human instincts of sex, drinking, and consumption.” The author of 22 books on spirituality in modern life, Mr. Boteach counseled Michael Jackson before his death and says, “I saw an entourage kill Michael Jackson.”

When the police must become parents and law enforcement becomes the last barricade before young people “go over the cliff,” it is time for a collective wake-up call about such old-fashioned values as responsibility and integrity, says Tom Anelli, a veteran defense attorney who specializes in underage, drunken-driving offenses.

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