What have you created, Nickelodeon?! Amanda Bynes has hijacked the Lindsay Lohan locomotive of crazy and is on course to drive the train right off the rails. In clearly an unhealthy relationship between social media and celebrity, the young actress’ need for attention has resulted in some bizarre behavior lately.
Between tweeting at Drake that she wants him to destroy her lady parts (and that’s the nice way of putting it), to wearing a blanket over her head in NYC and posting nude photos of herself, Amanda is straight up losing it. Just recently she told InTouch Weekly that she only hangs out with hot friends.
I have no clue [why people say I’m insane]. Every time I’ve heard it, it came from an ugly person’s mouth, so I don’t care… I only have hot friends. They have my back until I die.”
Let’s take a look at the evolution of Amanda Bynes and what future possibilities are to come…
Born in Thousand Oaks, California in 1986, Amanda was raised by Jewish and Catholic parents. Jewish guilt mixed with Catholic guilt, could there be a more confusing combination? Naturally, this lead to a career in showbiz.
By 1993 Amanda had started acting and soon became one of the standout stars of Niceklodeon’s All That, which then led to her own show, The Amanda Show (1999-2002). It was most likely during this time that Amanda’s impressionable young mind developed a warped ego, demanding constant attention from her adoring fanbase.
What followed after The Amanda Show was a mostly forgettable series of movies like What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man and Easy A . With Easy A being her last film to date, 2010 is where the level of stardom peaked and what’s called, The Corey Feldman effect began to set in.
If you’ll notice, after the peak, Feldman had a sharp decline, yet he has remained at a certain level of celebrity most notably associated with “Hey, it’s that guy from that movie.”
It’s during this time just after the peak that many stars, and in the case of Amanda, start desperately clinging for attention using whatever tools they have available – Twitter, drunken escapades with paparazzi, whatever.
March 7, 2012, Amanda is stopped by police for talking on her cell phone while driving. One month later, on April 6th, she was arrested for D.U.I. and hitting a car in Hollywood. Back in the magazines baby! So maybe it’s not for a new movie role or chart topping album, but any press is good press, right?
March 2013, Amanda was most likely feeling horny this night and running low on “celebrity me, me, me attention” and sent out the following Tweet.
I want @drake to murder my vagina
— Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) March 22, 2013
Another bombshell of media frenzy followed and with that little tweet Amanda had pulled ahead in the crazy celebrity race, leaving Lindsay in the dust. From here on out the paparazzi and celebrity hounds were at Amanda’s feet, lapping up every eccentric moment she tossed their way. From suing Perez Hilton to taking a note from previous crazy queen, Brittney Spears and shaving her head, nothing was too weird for Amanda.
Just this week Amanda launched into a Twitter war with Jenny McCarthy and promoted her new fitness goals of dropping her weight from 125 to 100 pounds. Well done, Amanda! Well done.
For the time being, Amanda is just the latest child star turned lost lamb that the media and late night talk show hosts are lampooning. At least until it takes an Amy Winehouse/Anna Nicole Smith turn for the worse and out of obligation everyone ask “What could we have done?”
What about the future though? Is there any hope for breaking the addiction? Both Amanda’s own social media celebrity addiction and the machine that fuels the fire. Only time will tell if she bounces back or becomes another footnote in the pages of the tabloids, joining the Coreys, Lindsays and Gary Colemans of Tinseltown. Until then, the crazy train must role on.