Amanda Bynes has been full of surprises lately, particularly throughout the past year. Just yesterday, the court decided to extend Bynes’ psychiatric hold to an entire year rather than 60 days, and thus begs the question: Is this the end of Bynes’ career? Can she possibly recover from this ordeal and be seen in the eyes of the public, someday, as a performer rather than a whacko? Is there a crucial diagnosis that hasn’t been caught yet, such as bipolar I or manic depression?
While many are skeptical of whether or not she’ll actually have to stay for an entire year, it is Bynes’ mother who technically is in charge of her and has been legally named as her temporary conservator. She would then, presumably, finish out the remainder of her year-long court-order at her mother’s residence. For Bynes, bizarrely, she’s been making the most of her phone privileges while detained by attempting to negotiate a record deal. And laugh as you may, it’s actually happening. Daniel Herman of Chinga Change studios actually confirmed the gossip and genuinely is interested in creating a record with the mentally unstable, wig-wearing Bynes. Herman explained, “My record offer to Amanda has not changed one bit in terms of the vision. Part of hip-hop is not only struggling, but how one gets out of them. And that is what makes great music!”
Perhaps it’ll help, once she gets out. Or perhaps, by then, when she’s mentally stable, she’ll feel that making a rap record isn’t quite the most logical next step for her career–if she has any career left. Yes, the media and public love watching a celebrity who has lost her marbles and then attempt to regain their footing, but when it comes with the level of “cray cray” that Bynes has exhibited over the past 6 months, she may find that she’s really just the laughing stock of America.
That being said, Britney Spears has certainly made a comeback, hasn’t she? Once known for spontaneously shaving her head, trying to barrel an umbrella through the window of an SUV, running around in miniskirts without panties on, marrying…what was his name…and having his babies, and skipping around gas station bathrooms barefoot…Spears has indeed made a comeback.
Today, Spears seems to be laying low. Sure, she occasionally comes into the limelight around performances and sometimes she’s caught on camera holding hands with her fiance at the beach, but mostly, she’s not really in the eyes of the public like she once was. Which would imply a shift of priorities, fortunately, that means she’s more focused on her children and viewing her career as just that: a career, not her entire personality or life.
If Bynes can recover from this ordeal, one can hope she strikes a comeback that resembles Spears’ maturity and new sense of self.
Meanwhile, representatives for the troubled actress-turned-rapper explain, “Despite some reports, Amanda is improving daily and responding well, there is still a long road ahead, and that doesn’t mean being confined to a locked-down treatment center. Amanda is in the best hands presently, medically, and each day her condition is being monitored. There is not a set release date, but with the great track she is on presently, she will be out of a lockdown facility and continuing to recover elsewhere in the near future.”
Will Amanda Bynes once again smile her sweet smile on television or will she be remembered as the Disney girl who wanted to become a rapper but had a total meltdown and ruined her career? Only time will tell.
Written by: Ginger Vieira