Published Oct 17, 2016 12:24pm

Lindsay Lohan on being 'crucified' for holding the Quran in the US and wearing a headscarf

The <em>Parent Trap</em> actor explained how she felt like an outsider in her own country after being &#39;crucified&#39; for holding the Quran in the US.
The Parent Trap actor explained how she felt like an outsider in her own country after being 'crucified' for holding the Quran in the US.

In 2015, Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan was criticised in the US for carrying the Quran while walking the streets of New York. This year she donned a headscarf while working with Syrian refugees in Turkey and threw the media in a frenzy.

In an interview with Turkish TV channel Haber Turk, Lindsay opens up about the recent events in her life that made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The Parent Trap actor explained how she felt like an outsider in her own country after being 'crucified' for holding the Quran in the US.

"This was just me holding it and walking... the paparazzi had been across the street... and they crucified me for it in America. They made me seem like Satan; I was a bad person for holding the Quran. I'm so happy to have left and gone back to London after that because I felt so unsafe in my own country. And this is my belief, if this is something I want to learn then this is my personal will, it's not for you to express," she said.

Lindsay's tumultuous life was in the public eye for years, she explains that her close friends in London and Saudi Arabia had given her the Quran to help her through the difficult time she was facing in the US. "[They] gave me the Quran and I brought it to New York because I was learning and it opened doors for me to experience and spiritually to find another true meaning," she explains.

But having faced that ordeal, she finally understood "why women who wear headscarves are looked at differently," because she felt like an 'outsider' too.

Earlier this month, Lindsay visited the Syrian refugees camps in Turkey and during her visit she was presented with a headscarf by one of the refugees. The headscarf on the Hollywood actor's head soon made headlines in the West.

I met a wonderful aid worker (Azize) at The Refugee Camp in Antep. She saw that my eyes lit up when I told her that her headscarf is beautiful. She waved to me and said, come with me, I followed her and she gifted it to me. I was so moved and touched by this that I wanted to wear it in appreciation for all of the generosity and love I received from everyone at the camp. Thank you #Gaziantep #theworldisbiggerthan5 thank you @fatmasahin. Photo: Instagram
I met a wonderful aid worker (Azize) at The Refugee Camp in Antep. She saw that my eyes lit up when I told her that her headscarf is beautiful. She waved to me and said, come with me, I followed her and she gifted it to me. I was so moved and touched by this that I wanted to wear it in appreciation for all of the generosity and love I received from everyone at the camp. Thank you #Gaziantep #theworldisbiggerthan5 thank you @fatmasahin. Photo: Instagram

"When the woman put that headscarf on me, I felt really honoured because she went out of her own way to allow me to be a part of my own culture and she didn't have to do that. I was a stranger to her," explains the actor.

"I said I really liked the colour of her headscarf and she gave it to me, and maybe she had two and she gave me one - there's more in the story that occurred. Because this woman took the time to give me this, and a part of herself, not even knowing me, I'm not taking it off."

She admits that wearing the headscarf made her think twice about how the media will portray her and she was scared she that it might misconstrue as something else rather than the truth that lay behind it.

"It should make headlines [her wearing the headscarf] because in Turkey you have the free will as a woman if you want to [wear a headscarf] or if you don't want to, that's why it's amazing here because you can choose why you want it and it's accepted. Whereas in America, I'm holding the Quran and I'm the devil."

Although Lindsay's trip to Turkey was for a work obligation, she decided to stay. Soon things started aligning and she was helping Syrian Refugees. She feels "it's about time we recognised the truth and start doing something."

I can't forget Heya whom I met during my visit to the Hussein family. She couldn't care less about our gifts to her, whose mother has gone. She held me more and more tight when she sat on my lap. I sniffed her hair, took her hands and held her tight. I understood at that moment once again that we can do more for each other, that we should do more for each other. And we can start by giving support to #Turkey which did its part in this huge human tragedy called Syria by welcoming 3 million refugees. We should do more, starting today... #RefugeesWelcome #MassacreinAleppo #theworldisbiggerthan5 #love not #ignorancekills
I can't forget Heya whom I met during my visit to the Hussein family. She couldn't care less about our gifts to her, whose mother has gone. She held me more and more tight when she sat on my lap. I sniffed her hair, took her hands and held her tight. I understood at that moment once again that we can do more for each other, that we should do more for each other. And we can start by giving support to #Turkey which did its part in this huge human tragedy called Syria by welcoming 3 million refugees. We should do more, starting today... #RefugeesWelcome #MassacreinAleppo #theworldisbiggerthan5 #love not #ignorancekills

"Everything happens for a reason," she explains. "I left, came back, hurt my finger, I couldn't leave, I had to stay. But that happening to me was an eye opening experience, because everybody said 'Should we stop? We'll postpone everything', and my first thought was 'Are you kidding me?' Why would I stop? Why would you stop because my finger hurt, when someone had their legs blown off?'"

She first got to know about the problem in Turkey through the coup, that's when she knew she had to help. "A lot of it was around when the coup happened. Just seeing the whole country stand up for each other. That was very emotional for me. All these people in one place... all supporting one another. And that's a really powerful, strong front."

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Shoaib Oct 17, 2016 01:23pm

Such efforts are scantly highlighted in the Western media. Instead of easing refugees' pain, US and Russia are busy catering off to their interests

Azhar Oct 17, 2016 01:28pm

I salute Lindsay Lohan for understanding pain and misery of Syrians. She is daring and have a great heart and generosity, which is really admirable.

Muhammad Oct 17, 2016 03:21pm

We should learn something from this brave person she is really a brave lady

Truth Oct 17, 2016 03:27pm

Only the truth shall set you free. We will welcome you with open arms.

Starzan90210 Oct 17, 2016 04:54pm

Wonderful and lovely Lindsay Lohan! Lindsay looks wonderful. Also, her volunteer works for good of humanity are even extraordinarily wonderful. Thanks for being on the frontline !

Babai Oct 17, 2016 05:03pm

Why don't pakistan help Syrian and give them shelter .

Concerned1 Oct 17, 2016 06:21pm

So touching !

Ahmed Oct 17, 2016 10:28pm

Bravo!

Ilias Oct 18, 2016 12:42am

Good work Lindsay...of course any one may go on to perform a good deed as such...well done !

Zak Oct 18, 2016 12:42am

@Babai because we help 5m Afghan refugees. India should take Syrian, Afghan and Yemen refuges. No, don't run so fast, come back......!

Akil Akhtar Oct 18, 2016 03:49am

@Babai We have given shelter to 3 million afghans...its time for the champions of democracy and humanity across the border to do something practical...

Ahsan Gul Oct 18, 2016 05:28am

Ms. Lohan your actions speak for you. In USA nobody ever tried to see who you are. You are a kind and sincere person who loves humanity. God bless you. Sincerely

Ting Oct 18, 2016 05:54am

Its a publicity stunt. She's bankrupt and needs interview money.

POLITY Oct 18, 2016 08:38am

You will never hear this on CNN, FOX, BBC or even RT.

Badshah Oct 18, 2016 09:51am

@Truth ,as if truth is somebody's personal thing , it is everywhere , whether your eyes are narrowly looking to only one thing !!!

Sara Oct 18, 2016 11:42pm

It is a wonderful show of humanity. Lindsay has a soft heart and she feels the pain of people are under privileged. American celebrities are great . May God bless Lindsay. We should not criticize her.

Arun Oct 19, 2016 01:30am

@Zak India is not an Islamic nation.and will.never ever be one. As.an Islamic.nation, it's Pakistan's responsibility to offer asylum to millions of.Syrians,.Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis etc

Saima Oct 19, 2016 07:34am

So proud of you Lindsay .... Respect and love from Pakistan...

Azhar Oct 19, 2016 06:10pm

@Arun Pakistan does that by giving shelter to 5m afghan refugees. What about the king of democracy helping other "Humans" for the sake of "Humanity"..? No , I guess.

shad Oct 20, 2016 01:49pm

I salute Lindsay Lohan for understanding pain and misery of Syrians. She is daring and have a great heart and generosity, which is really admirable.

Syed Oct 20, 2016 07:51pm

Very inspirational.

ALI (CA) Oct 21, 2016 01:15pm

@Babai - because turkey is just across the border. We will welcome them but they have a place for now. Also, the real topic is something else, just in case