I feel the same way about her very public trip to Betty Ford. I get it. She's trying to avoid jail. She needs help. However, if I knew someone in Betty Ford and wanted to visit them, I would not want to have to do deal with papparazzi - even if there was no chance of me being in a picture. I would not want attention in the center to have to focus on a celebrity instead of my friend. I would not want my friend's privacy to be at risk.
I get what everyone is saying about Lohan being public about her AA trips and her alcoholism, but after thinking it over, I don't think that makes her comings and goings papparazzi fodder. First, it isn't fair to the others who are trying to recover or stay recovered. Second, Lohan is in real trouble. She needs to get real help. At some point I think ethics, if not etiquette, should make the papparazzi back off before her report becomes less Drew Barrymore (recovered addict) and more DJ AM (overdose).