It’s always sad to see a child star tumble into his/her demise. Recently, social media and entertainment news sites have been blowing up with talk of Amanda Bynes’ sanity. First the former lead of the popular Nickelodeon program, The Amanda Show, and the 2003 chick flick, What a Girl Wants, shocked with her new look: messy bleach blonde hair, ridiculous tan, excessive make-up, and those cheek piercings. The first thought that came to mind when I saw pictures was oh no, there goes another one. Another child actress gone bad – to follow in the footsteps of celebs such as Lindsey Lohan or Brittany Spears.
The actress’ vulgar tweets directed at other stars including Drake have confirmed that Bynes is no longer the quirky, young comedian that kids of my generation used to imitate and quote in grade school. For this celeb, twitter has proven to be a dangerous mode of self expression. Bynes has publicly insulted her ex, Kid Cudi, and attacked Complex Magazine, claiming that the publications’ stories about her are fake. She also admitted that she no longer speaks with her parents.
There have been claims that Bynes was evicted from her NYC apartment for smoking marijuana and breaking building rules. Then there is the viral self-shot video of Amanda staring into the mirror, making odd kissy faces to house music. It seems as if she is under the influence of some substance, but there has been speculation that Bynes may be acting outlandishly on purpose. Is she trying to prove a point about social media, or is she the victim of its instantaneous accessibility?
I personally, am saddened by Bynes’ unraveling. With every child star whose reputation crashes and burns, there is a sense of lost hope. Such a series of events encourages the notion that child stars are doomed to change for the worse with their coming of age. Then again, there are plenty of child actors and actresses who seem to have been more than successful in their endeavors – take Natalie Portman, Dakota Fanning, Emma Watson, or Leonard DiCaprio. Regardless of whether or not Bynes is acting with purpose, she is certainly attracting attention in all the wrong ways. But who knows? Maybe this is just the precursor to the ultimate celebrity comeback. I guess only time will tell.
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