Monday, May 27, 2013

Dunce Cap Award: Amanda Bynes

Once upon a time, there was a sweet, adorable young girl who had joined the cast of Nickelodeon's All That, and gained her ticket to stardom. As with Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell before her, Amanda Bynes was spun off into her own solo series, and graduated from that to What I Like About You. Since that latter series has ended, however, Ms. Bynes has gone, well, cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

On Thursday, Amanda was arrested in New York after she was caught tossing a marijuana bong out of her apartment window, the latest escapade for a young 20-something who just a couple of years back claimed she was retiring from acting, likely because she was afraid of being typecast, and that would be because Hollywood casting directors couldn't see her as anything but sweet and innocent. What she is now is a poor woman's Lindsay Lohan.

According to today's New York Daily News, Ms. Bynes, who's been photographed wearing a blonde wig of late, which suggests she pulled a Britney Spears move and shaved her head sometime back, went on Twitter and ranted on Rhianna. Amanda went so far as to claim that she wasn't on drugs. Oh, really? Three days after being busted? Talk about denial!

What is it about a lot of young starlets these days? Britney's apparently recovered, though she was cut after a year of judging on The X-Factor. Lindsay doesn't know how to avoid getting into trouble. What causes this? In all probability, each of these ladies has had a few too many "friends" putting bad advice in their ears, and that bad advice usually includes drugs. We're always told to know who our real friends are, and that includes watching out for the parasites who suddenly show up when you become famous. Amanda Bynes became another victim of these parasites and their bad advice. The pot's taken control of her mind, leading to her ill-advised Twitter Twaddle on Sunday, and that gets her a Dunce Cap.

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