Somehow Amanda Bynes Is Even More Worrying In Video Version

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Amanda Bynes Telly video April 2013At this point, I don't know if there's anything I can really add to this ongoing Amanda Bynes saga. She keeps doing new and different worrying things, like this new video that Amanda put up on her Telly account last night, but all I can do is wonder where the EFF her family and friends are. It's tricky, because being in this business, we as bloggers are hypersensitive to even a whiff of scandal; especially on a slow news day, if there's even a rumor of someone doing something, we usually throw it up on the website on spec. Obviously we use all the proper terminology like ‘allegedly' and ‘according to a source', but bottom line, sometimes we've jumped aboard a story without being fully cognizant of its implications. However snarky I might come off, I really try to be fair, and to work from an opinion-based place, but I do sometimes slide into kind of…inappropriate rubber-necking. I'm not proud of it, but I acknowledge it — sometimes I write about celebrities in ways I'd never want to be written about myself. It's a bad habit, and one I'm personally trying to be more aware of so I can curb it. So let's start right now, with this video:

It's caption was: “I'm Sucking On A Sour Patch Kid Listening To Music Getting Ready For Tonight :D” Okay, so. I'm not a doctor or a therapist, or an expert of any kind except in my own observation of human behavior, but this human being is not well, and we need to let that start reflecting in the way that we write about her and the way we treat her. It's not enough anymore as a paparazzo to take pictures of her in Times Square and then just sell them to the tabloids; it's not enough as a hair dresser just to call the media as soon as she walks out of your salon; it's not enough as an employee of a gym just to kick her out of your class for displaying erratic behavior, and it's certainly not enough as a blogger or a journalist to write her off as a ‘crazy person' or a ‘troubled starlet' and make fun of her behavior. This girl is on the road to something big, and someone somewhere in her life needs to step in. If you see her on the street, try to talk to her. I don't care if she's twenty-seven and used to be famous; she's lost and she needs help. But even if you don't see her, give her situation the respect it deserves, because that video is terrifying. She can barely keep her eyes open, she has only basic control of her facial features, and she looks radically different than she did even six months ago. She's deteriorating both mentally and physically, and I think her situation is a lot worse than anyone's giving it credit for; I'm truly of the opinion that if she continues on this road without help, she will die.

So even if you don't have access to her in her life, as most of us don't — this is beyond the point of making fun of her. She's beyond a joke or a mess or a curiosity — she's a victim. With absolutely no basis besides my own observation, I truly believe that she has a drug addiction and/or a mental illness. I also believe that she can overcome it and move into a healthier place with support and treatment, but the rest of us have a responsibility to take this seriously so that process can begin to happen. Just…be human beings about this, guys. I don't think that's too much to ask.