Amanda Bynes’ mental health struggles and why our reactions matter

Xavier Roger


Our culture has a history of mistreating celebrities when they’re struggling. 

When Britney Spears was at one of her most vulnerable mental health moments in the early 2000s, she shaved her head and became a public punchline. David Letterman grilled Lindsay Lohan for laughs in 2013 before she headed off to rehab, and Pamela Anderson has said she felt mocked and exploited following the leak of her sex tape. 

Earlier this week, news reports began to surface regarding Amanda Bynes and the current state of her mental health. Bynes was released from a nearly decade-long conservatorship last year.

But in this week’s headlines and fan reactions, something was present that was missing when Bynes was in the news during her 2013 public breakdown: compassion. 

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Amanda Bynes, pictured here at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, has since stepped back from the entertainment industry.

‘We’re rooting for you, Amanda’

Bynes was scheduled to attend 90s Con, a fan convention celebrating the pop culture of the decade last weekend. It would have been her first public appearance since the end of her conservatorship last spring.

She didn’t show up. 

Bynes began acting professionally at 7 years old – and is best known for roles on Nickelodeon in “All That” and “The Amanda Show,” and films including “What a Girl Wants” and “She’s The Man.” 


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