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Can we talk about Amanda Bynes for a second?

Can we talk about Amanda Bynes for a second?
June 17, 2013 JEREMY FEIST

Amanda Bynes

I’ve been deliberately avoiding posting about Amanda Bynes recently, mostly because I feel about her the same way I felt about Charlie Sheen during his breakdown a couple years back: Idolizing or mocking someone when you’re not sure whether they have the mental acuity to handle it seems non-kosher. If I thought Amanda was stable enough or knew fully well what she was doing? Fair game. But I’m honestly concerned for her. Anyway, the NY Daily News is reporting that Amanda is actually just trolling everyone and that she’s completely fine, but … well, we’ll get to that in a bit.

In fact, if her alleged drug use, recent arrest, head-buzzing and celebrity Twitter attacks are all for fun, it only makes her seem stranger. “All this has been an act and you know it!,” Bynes allegedly texted a friend Thursday night. “I am an actress and know what I am doing.”

“I got to 2 million followers and now everyone wants me,” Bynes added in the texts made public by her friend. “I am smart and not stupid. Everyone mentions my name. The world loves me!”

The trolling theory has been floated out there since Amanda began her public meltdown, but let’s think about this for a second: Sane people don’t pretend to unstable for the sake of getting attention. I’m not going to pretend I know what exactly is going through her head right now, but as it stands, Amanda is currently in a mental place where she can justify saying and doing whatever it takes to get attention. That’s not healthy. That’s something to be concerned about. Regardless of the intentions behind it, she’s doing something incredibly unhealthy, and no amount of justification is going to magically make it okay. Anyway, I said my piece, and now to go back to paying absolutely no attention to this situation.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.