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    This 2013 Lindsay Lohan Interview With David Letterman Resurfaced On TikTok, And It's Not Okay

    "Aren’t you supposed to be in rehab right now?"

    Since the release of Framing Britney Spears, fans have been taking a hard look back at the way stars of the early 2000s were treated in the media, including Lindsay Lohan.

    Lindsay Lohan posing in a black outfit
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    Back in 2013, Lindsay made an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman to promote her Scary Movie 5, but the interview ended up being about everything BUT the film.

    Still of Lindsay Lohan being interviewed by David Letterman
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    In resurfaced clips from the interview posted to TikTok, David grilled Lindsay about everything from rehab to shoplifting, making her visibly uncomfortable.

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    He kicked things off by reading her jokes that he had made about her on the show, which Lindsay took in great stride and laughed along with.

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    "Lindsay Lohan was on the Today show this morning. The appearance went well; only one camera is missing," David read before asking, "Do you routinely go around grabbing stuff?"

    He then moved on to her upcoming trip to a treatment center, asking, "Aren’t you supposed to be in rehab right now?"

    Lindsay looking uncomfortable
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    He followed up by grilling her about how many times she had been there before and asked, "What exactly are they going to be rehabbing?"

    Although uncomfortable, Lindsay responded with poise, explaining, “To be honest, I’m the happiest when I’m working and the healthiest — and I think this is an opportunity for me to, you know, focus on what I love in life. And I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think it’s a blessing.”

    But David pressed on, asking, "Do you have addiction problems? Is it alcohol? Do you drink too much?"

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    "Now you sound like Dr. Phil," Lindsay retorted. "We've talked about this before."

    Lindsay tried to refocus the interview, asking David to look for the positive. But instead, David said that he should read his list of things that Lindsay has recently "endured."

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    In a total boss move, Lindsay took David's paperwork to check out what he had planned to read off.

    "Are you okay now? It feels like people should be helping you. Do you have money saved? Therapy? Do you ever ask yourself, 'Why am I always in trouble?'" Lindsay read.

    Lindsay reads the questions out loud
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    David then FINALLY turned the interview toward the future, offering Lindsay advice that he had learned during his own trip to rehab.

    David and Lindsay pose together during the interview
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    Which was still not about her movie...but at least it was positive.

    And David concluded things by praising Lindsay for appearing on the show, despite the troubles she had recently faced — and it almost brought her to tears.

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    “You’re a good sport. I mean, we never thought we’d see you again, honestly, you know, because of the jokes and stuff. But yet you have enough spine, enough sense of yourself, enough poise to come out here and talk to me.”

    All in all, the duo only spent about three minutes total talking about Lindsay's movie, and David's treatment of her the rest of the time was unacceptable — and clearly didn't sit well with TikTok.

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    But tbh, Lindsay handled it like a poised queen.

    "This is wrong on so many levels," Madison Beer wrote in TikTok's comment section.

    A screenshot of Madison's comment
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    Another commenter added, "It's actually not funny that he's making fun of someone who has a substance abuse problem. The network should not have been okay with this."

    A screenshot of her comment
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    Here's a selection of what else TikTok had to say:

    Comments saying she handled the absurdity with class and he would never question a man in this manner
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    You can watch the full interview below:

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