Actress and activist Lindsay Lohan has launched a pop-up T-shirt line for charity, turning a viral video of herself speaking in a curious accent into a humanitarianism gesture.
“I wanted to turn a silly viral event into something positive for the world,” Lohan, 30, originally of Cold Spring Harbor and Merrick, said on the website Represent.com, a producer-distributor of do-it-yourself tees, hoodies and other merchandise. “I speak ‘Lilohan’ in order to voice support for AFAD and Caudwell Children; two charities incredibly close to my heart.”
Lohan’s three products — a fitted tee ($24.99) made by Gardena, California’s Next Level Apparel, and a tank top ($24.99) and a sweatshirt ($39.99) from the Montreal manufacturer Gilden — each reads, “I Only Speak Lilohan.” Some unspecified degree of the proceeds benefit Caudwell Children, a U.K.-based charity aiding disabled children and their families, and AFAD, essentially Turkey’s equivalent of FEMA.
“I wanted to support children in the U.K. as I have been living there for the past four years and children are dear to my heart,” Lohan said in a statement provided to Newsday by her mother and manager, Dina Lohan of Merrick. “Secondly, I wanted to help the Middle East in this unfortunate crisis. It think it’s important we give back when we can and continue to raise awareness.”
The clothing, available in a variety of colors and sizes, may be preordered, with shipping set to start Dec. 7. The campaign, which launched Monday night, ends Nov. 21.
In the clip from the Oct. 15 opening of Lohan, an Athens nightclub in which she is a partner with Greek restaurateur Dennis Papageorgiou, Lindsay Lohan uses an accent she later called “a mixture of most of the languages I can understand or am trying to learn,” adding, “I’ve been learning different languages since I was a child. I’m fluent in English and French, can understand Russian and am learning Turkish, Italian and Arabic.”
In her activism, the “Mean Girls” star has helped draw attention to child trafficking with the 2010 BBC documentary “Lindsay Lohan’s Indian Journey,” and recently traveled to Turkey to raise awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis.