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Do actions speak louder than Tweets?

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It only took 140 characters for Lindsay Lohan to land herself in her latest debacle: after recently arriving in India with the intention of filming a BBC documentary on child exploitation, she tweeted to her diligent followers,

“Over *40 children saved* so far…… Within one day’s work…… This is what life is about….. Doing THIS is a life worth living!!!”

She later added:

“Focusing on celebrities and lies is so disconcerting, when we can be changing the world one child at a time…. hope everyone can see that.”

The problem? Lohan wasn’t even in the country when said raid, organized by the campaign group Bachpan Bachao Andolan, took place. Her boasts caused an uproar in India among the officials who organized the raid. A leading social activist and lawyer, known only as Bhuwan, accused her of “portraying dangerous child rescue operations as superficial events, which could be carried out in a day by passing celebrities.”

Local police and magistrates devised the raid after months of planning time. They focused in on 15 workshops in New Delhi where children, sold to the factory by their parents for a sum as low as 2,000 ruppees ($40), were making mirrored ornaments for export.

Ruchira Gupta, an anti-trafficking campaigner, told the UK Telegraph, “If celebrities do it to get publicity then they are trivialising child-trafficking.”

Official complaints were filed to BBC. Lohan did not comment on the matter. Keep and eye on her Twitter though – with her track record, a quick response should be expected.

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Written by Robin

December 16, 2009 at 3:55 am

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