Growing up my kids were big fans of All That and then The Amanda Show on Nickelodeon. We watched Amanda Bynes grow up in front of us and I had so much hope for her. Her talent appeared so natural and effortless…she reminded me of a young Carol Burnette. I really hoped she would find her niche in the industry and avoid the pitfalls of teen stardom. Clearly that didn’t happen.
This young woman is rapidly spinning out of control and needs some help. I have no idea what her family life is like and what pressures accompany young stardom, but unless somebody that cares about her intervenes in the near future, she’s on the fast track to disaster…jail, overdose, death.
But what’s most disturbing to me is this: what the hell was the photographer thinking who took these pictures? Yes, it’s a rhetorical question, because we all know the answer. By the description of her activities that day on the website, she was followed throughout the day and more photos were taken…and not ONCE do these neanderthals think to call the cops! She’s not only endangering herself (they describe her driving pattern as erratic at best) but she’s endangering the public. If she mows down a mom and her infant in a stroller in a crosswalk, what’s their excuse then? We just shoot pictures, we don’t get involved? Bullshit. It is well documented that many professional photojournalists have dropped their camera and helped in a moment of need. But then again, that proves my point. Professional photojournalist. Not paparazzi. Not the opportunistic underbelly of the celebrity culture. No, the leech that shot these pictures was too busy counting his/her bonus to do the human thing and notify the authorities. And someday, when and if that person gets a conscience, Karma will come calling.
And finally, to TMZ and Harvey Levin; you have created an industry pandering to the lowest common denominator so I know any admonition from me will be dismissed out of hand, but keep in mind that the kids that celebrity hits in that crosswalk someday may be those of someone you love. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. I’m not hopeful any of you are.