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No more Amanda Bynes stories for me, please.
There I said it. I
love Hollywood gossip just as much as anyone, but a line has to be drawn at
watching someone with serious mental health issues battle it out in front of
the cameras. So no, I don’t want to
read, hear or see any more stories about troubled actress Amanda Bynes.
So first let me say I’m not going to lie to you like those,
“She doth protest too much,” gals who claim to have no interest in or knowledge
of what’s happening in Hollywood. Truthfully, I love a delicious celeb story
just as much as anyone. Like a lot of
people, following the comings and goings of my favorite celebrities feels like
I’m sure it stinks to be a celeb who gets followed around
all day by a bunch of strangers with cameras, but sadly that loss of privacy
comes with that super high pay check the stars get in exchange for being on TV
or movies. I’ll gladly trade places with any of them. They can come over to my
house. No one’s following me around with a camera. In fact, I can barely get my
kids to look up when I’m speaking.
It’s also totally hypocritical to write a story about not
wanting to read any more Amanda Bynes stories. Doesn’t that make this an Amanda
Bynes story of some sort? Maybe, but I’m
willing to take on being a hypocrite. This is important. Amanda Bynes seems to
be out of control. She seems to be to be
in serious danger. All the attention and
water cooler fodder can only be making it worse. I simply don’t want to participate.
The charming precocious actress from "All That" and "Hairspray" is gone, replaced by someone in serious trouble.
Bynes was an adorably charming child star who made the
crossover to mainstream adult fare like "Hairspray,"
in which she was talented and precocious. Not long after, the “Is she the next Lindsay Lohan” stories starting
circulating, making Bynes fair game for late night talk show hosts,
entertainment news shows and bloggers like myself quick to make jokes about troubled
It’s not fair that any celebrity becomes everyone else’s
mindless entertainment, but one gets a sense that Lohan courts the cameras and
even covets the attention. While sad to me in an “eww” sort of way, I don’t
find myself feeling as sorry for Lohan as I do for Bynes. Unfair as it may
seem, Lohan seems like a girl who loves the attention her behavior brings,
where as Bynes seems like a girl who simply can’t control it.
Over the years, moms like myself have watched Bynes’ slow
and disturbing descent into a sad state of whatever it is that ails her. We watch, knowing that there is very little
chance for a happy ending to Bynes’ story. We hope she’s getting the help she
needs in a private, safe setting. And we think of our own charming, precocious
little girls and we shudder to think what it must be like for her parents to
watch their child disappear in front of their eyes.
Mental illness can quickly and swiftly take a loved one
away. At least for now, the charming
precocious actress from "All That" and "Hairspray" is gone, replaced by someone
in serious trouble. Bynes is one of
millions of Americans who seems to be suffering from some form of mental illness.
And while her family has never disclosed what it is that’s wrong with their
daughter, it’s hard to deny that her situation seems serious.
It’s unfair to make other celebrities’ foibles our mindless
entertainment, but it’s unconscionable to think of Bynes’ story as
entertainment of any kind. So I’m no longer following along. I simply don’t feel
good about knowing. That is, unless her story does end with a happy Hollywood
ending. In that case, I want to know.