1:19 pm - 05/11/2010

Update On The Michael Lohan Tweet Scandal

A couple of weeks back, a post was accepted on ONTD that contained photoshopped screen caps of Michael Lohan's Twitter stream, which falsely claimed that Lindsay Lohan was HIV positive. When we discovered it was a fake, we deleted it immediately. Of course, this didn't stop other gossip sites and even some legit news blogs from picking up the story.

First off, we want to apologize sincerely for all the pain and discomfort this story caused the Lohan family.

We're pretty appalled to learn that NONE of the other gossip or news sites that posted the story bothered to check for accuracy and have yet to post a retraction or apology for spreading such a vicious rumor.

Needless to say, the fierceness of ONTD comes from you. We're a community that celebrates user-generated hype (yeah…you guys control the content) on a topic near and dear to our collective hearts: celebrity gossip. Keyword: Gossip. It was not anyone's intention to approve a post that was entirely fabricated, let alone have it spread like wildfire. Claiming that someone is infected with HIV is a very serious matter, and not something to be taken lightly or used as fodder for snark. Suffice it to say that we at ONTD do NOT approve of this message.

Much love to the Lohans, from your friends at ONTD

brenden 11th-May-2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
1cupofrpattz 11th-May-2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
did they ask you for a retraction?

and what took you this long? I was worried :(
mrpunk2u 11th-May-2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
n00dz of Lohan's jayjay at bluewaffle.net
daianara 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
yes you are
mechuparmucho 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
adhesiveheart 11th-May-2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly.
kandykanemel 11th-May-2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
your icon...is that a vagina the toy is standing in?
katiebacon 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
ohhhhhh kitty face. ill snuggle you to make you smile
flowerssleeping 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
aw the kitty
cmm1982 11th-May-2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
I know... I only came into this post for the kitty.
christosx3 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
The HIV thing was pretty assholish, but I don't want to be included in that apology.
christosx3 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Wait, who actually believed it?
lana8213 11th-May-2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Lindsay Lohan
realityvsdreams 11th-May-2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Perez Hilton. Michael Lohan himself believed the screencap was real. And I think Lindsay might of called her dad a liar when he said it wasn't him and his twitter was hacked.
xfileschick2004 11th-May-2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
E! channel.

I saw it on the Daily 10
lemonsherry 11th-May-2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
us weekly, ny post..
marionron 11th-May-2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
i thought everyone did at first...
prettyfoot 11th-May-2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Why not?
daianara 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
mhhh.. aww...
easily_amused87 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
so i take it we were going to get sued
xfileschick2004 11th-May-2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
mte. lol
judgmental 11th-May-2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
lmao could you imagine that? We could appear on E~*~**~
la_bellaviidaxo 11th-May-2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
lol, and the mods would be interviewed on it. ecctv, brenden. haha ;)
piratesswoop 11th-May-2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
lol i would die
iamashamed 11th-May-2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
cecilia_weasley 11th-May-2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
mte hahahha yeah i think we were
elisabet85 11th-May-2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
megalixer 11th-May-2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
haha same
emcash 11th-May-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
lol mte
abiding 11th-May-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
lol mte
snowrobot 11th-May-2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
that sux lol
nene718 11th-May-2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
lol. I guess we're really legit now.
midnight_lite 11th-May-2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
How would that work? Like, who exactly would get sued/have to pay the price? The mods? LJ? Every single person in this community?
ayajedi 11th-May-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
lol mte
helloneworld 11th-May-2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
chelsea2162 12th-May-2010 12:40 am (UTC)
buddy_buddy 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Did he ask for this apology?
howenchanting 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
cecilia_weasley 11th-May-2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
taqo_belle 11th-May-2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
This comment is making me lol irl.
remixtherobot 11th-May-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
i missed the actual post, but aww kitty. c:
henninghan 11th-May-2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
bitch is still a trainwreck tho lets be honest here.
superhetoric 11th-May-2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
stupid is genetic. trainwreck is a choice.
judgmental 11th-May-2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Why wait until now to say this tho?
jesustolemybike 11th-May-2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
miss_nyxie your icon11th-May-2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
So hot.
elisabet85 11th-May-2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
probably some ~legal actions~ were going to be taken out on ONTD esp because we run ads and therefore make revenue now idk
monster_mutt 11th-May-2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing a letter on very expensive paper from someone with the initials J & D after their names?
winniecooper 11th-May-2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
The NY Times had an article where Michael's lawyer said he was going to ask ONTD to do a "retraction".
watermeloncholy 11th-May-2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
daianara 11th-May-2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
that post was epic tho. but it was mean.
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