Shaved head, fits of rage, and downright bizarre behavior. Actress Amanda Bynes has been a staple in magazines, newspapers and web sites since her spiral of wigs, odd tweets and strange photos. With speculation that she has a mental illness, the question that has presented itself is this: Are we enabling the troubled starlet’s bad behavior by writing about her?
On May 30, Bynes took to Twitter to share some choice words she had for blogger Perez Hilton after he published an alleged photo of her bouncing on a trampoline at SkyZone in Buffalo, NY.
“@perezhilton no one wants to suck your d**k! Stop living! Kill yourself! I look sooooo much better than the girl you hired to look like an awful cheeky version of me! So I'd say F**k You but no one wants to! I just say keep living in your shitty existence leaching off of stars who you look, sound, and act nothing like!”
Bynes has been fervently denying claims that she is mentally ill or crazy, but the latest tweets spewed from her account have the Twitter-verse warning her she’s gone too far.
“I thought you said you wasn’t crazy,” a user named @HollyOnce tweeted. “There is NEVER a reason to tell someone to kill themselves. Girl, you need to step back,” said Twitter user @DayDreamerBrits.
It can be argued that Hilton, and other news outlets, are asking for some harsh words after writing and posting photos of her, but what about the innocent victims? Earlier this week, the actress lashed out on Twitter at Rihanna for no apparent reason. “You look so ugly tryin to be white,” the 27-year-old Bynes wrote. “Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough.”
The story instantly blew up online, but is it Bynes crossing the line -- or the news outlets devoting coverage to her? Will the bashing tweets from Bynes stop if we stop putting her on magazine covers and writing about her latest feud(s)? Or is she just seeking the attention at this point?
I’ll admit that I’ve dived into a couple of Bynes stories about her Twitter Rants and hair. And what keeps me coming back to these stories is the fact that people actually want to read them. The former teen star has over 1.5 million followers on Twitter. Whether they’re following her because they like her or hate her, they’re still eating up all her posts -- like her latest one targeting Perez Hilton again.
“Perez Hilton is an ugly gay bully,” she posted Friday afternoon. “If you like him I won’t be your friend.”
So, if we stop writing about Bynes, will she stop the Twitter attacks? Besides Rihanna and Hilton, she’s also called out Lance Bass, Chrissy Teigen, Courtney Love, Jenny McCarthy, Drake, Jay-Z, and Kid Cudi ugly.
I’m making a pledge to not continue enabling her trash talk and bullying of innocent people, as well as those looking out for her well-being. Stop buying the magazines with her on the cover, un-follow her on Twitter, and ignore the Bynes stories hitting the gossip web sites. We shouldn’t be encouraging hateful words by giving her the attention that she’s obviously seeking.