Actress Lindsay Lohan said that she was intimidated by officials "double-checking" her at an airport because she was wearing a headscarf. She told the story while appearing on Good Morning Britain Tuesday as an example of "abuse" that she had to deal with because of rumors that she was converting to Islam.
"Back in America, it's a polarizing thing, isn't it," Piers Morgan asked, "just to even suggest you might be - you know your picture with the Koran, you get a lot of abuse suddenly and so on. How do you deal with that?"
"I was, when I was flying to New York recently," Lohan replied, "I was wearing head scarf, and I got stopped. She opened my passport, and saw 'Lindsay Lohan' and started immediately apologizing. But then said, 'but please, take off your headscarf.'"
"Really?" Morgan asked, surprised.
"Yeah, and I did it, I mean it's OK," she responded, "but, what scared me is was, is that moment, how would another woman, who doesn't feel comfortable taking off her headscarf feel. That was really interesting to me, I mean I was kinda in shock."
"And you felt that you had been deliberately targeted because they thought that you were an Arab, a Muslim," Morgan inferred.
"I don't know I can't speak to what the purpose of it was, but it was really, it was jarring," she said, shrinking from assigning a motivation for the stop.
Lohan said she was "double-checked" by the agent. "Did that freak you out a bit?" Piers asked.
It did, it did. It's weird, I mean, I'm from New York. I was born and raised there, so, I was a little intimidated.
"What was the reason that you were wearing the headscarf, is that part of your studying of Islam?" asked Susanna Reid, the other host.
Well you know what's so interesting to me is that, when we look back on Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, and these old Hollywood actresses, they used to cover up the same way. Big glasses, and their headscarf.
"But that's not for religious reasons, that was presumably for privacy," Reid interjected.
"But maybe you don't want to be seen as much in the airport - my red hair doesn't exactly not stand out," Lohan answered, again deflecting.
I was doing it because I was leaving Turkey and out of respect for certain countries that I go to when I see certain people, I think, I feel more comfortable acting like the other women, that's just a personal respect issue for me, that I have. And so I had it on, and also it was really early, and also I just felt comfortable that way. And then I was a little scared... going to America!
Lohan also defended Trump from what she considered to be unfair and knee-jerk reactions from her Hollywood celebrity colleagues.
At the end of the day, he is the president right now. So what is the point of picking on someone, instead of seeing what they're capable of.
"I do think his Twitter needs to be taken away or deleted!" she joked as the hosts laughed.
On the other side of the debate stands Nazi Paikidze, the U.S. chess champion who boycotted the world chess championship held in Tehran when Iran demanded that she wear a Muslim head veil out of respect for their "morality laws." Ironically, both Lohan and Paikidze spoke in defense of Trump, who has been under fire from Muslims for his controversial travel ban.