It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Dies: Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness

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Internet, we need to have a talk.

I’ve had a number of readers ask why I’ve neglected to write about Amanda Bynes this last year. It’s simple, really. I don’t believe that celebrities are “fair game,” and that, when they have very human and very difficult struggles, I should capitalize on those things by writing an article, however well-intentioned. I believe they are deserving of privacy and respect, by virtue of their being people.

However, I’m making an exception here, because in the midst of the negative and callous press that Bynes has received, I think it’s time we had a chat about it from a different perspective. And then, after we’re done, I think it’s time we stop speculating about it altogether. Deal?

First and foremost, there is no way for us to know what, if anything, Bynes has been diagnosed with. The family has denied schizophrenia and bipolar…

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Links to My Life

Sorry I haven’t posted for so long, I’m currently in the middle of my year 12 final exams (eeek). Currently, I am procrastinating from studying for my Biology exam which is tomorrow (yikes, this better be quick). I’m so behind, and really should not be doing this. But I am.

Since my last post, I have been up to a variety of things, consisting of study and various forms of procrastination. Most of the said procrastination occurs on the internet.

Here’s what I found (whilst procrastinating on the internet):

  • This beautiful collection of diaries on Rookie. It’s the greatest, and very inspirational.
  • Episode after episode of My Mad Fat Diary. It’s SO.GOOD.
  • Heathers, starring Winona Ryder. She is God. The movie is my oxygen.
  • Mick Jagger and David Bowie’s Dancing in the Street gives me life.

That is all for today, lovers. I am sorry this has been so brief, but I’ll get back to you shortly (when the horror of these exams is over).

Over and out,
Darcy xx