Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bynes, Lohan just the latest stars behaving badly

I think Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan should be locked up in a house and filmed 24-7.

Not only would that be a compelling psych experiment – but it would be the biggest train wreck of a reality show to hit the airwaves. Ever.

For those that haven’t heard, former Nickelodeon star Bynes has had several run-ins with the police in recent months (one literally – as she clipped a cop car while allegedly drunk driving months ago). Since then she’s had a couple hit-and-runs, an incident of driving without a license and several disturbing instances of being caught wandering around Los Angeles talking to herself.

Her management crew has dropped her – and reportedly her family is having no luck helping her. Well, that's what TMZ is reporting anyway.

And Bynes – who was largely considered a well-adjusted child star for years – is now in that realm where she’s only famous for being infamous.

While Bynes was never going to win an Oscar – her ‘What a Girl Wants’ movie is a guilty pleasure and I genuinely enjoyed her role in ‘Easy A.’ It’s too bad that she’s fallen so far – and so quickly. There’s clearly something going on with her.

Another former child star, Lohan, decided to get involved in the situation by tweeting that Bynes has no repercussions for her actions.

If I were Lohan, I would keep my mouth shut. She tweeted that she had to do jail time for her misdeeds – but I would wager much of the country doesn’t think she did enough jail time given the fact that she was given chance after chance and continued to mess up.

Not long after sending the obnoxious tweet, word leaked that Lohan was being investigated for allegedly hitting someone in the parking lot of a bar and taking off. This is on the heels of Lohan being investigated for theft from a friend’s house last month.

Lohan clearly shouldn’t be throwing stones.

Bynes responded by saying Lohan’s latest woes are karma.

Here’s a thought girls – stop tweeting at each other and start fixing your lives.

I wish I could say the actions of Lohan and Bynes surprised me – but they don’t. I do feel a little sorry for Bynes. I mean, she’s clearly going through some sort of mental break and someone needs to step in and help her. Still, she’s doing herself no favors – especially when she does weird stuff like tweeting President Obama to have the cop that arrested her for drunk driving fired.

Lohan and Bynes are just the latest in a long line of stars behaving badly – and getting way too many breaks along the line as they go. A little tough love might be called for here.

Perhaps they should look at former stars like Drew Barrymore and Robert Downey Jr. They managed to fix their tarnished images -- but it took a lot of hard work.

I’m sure they would rather go that route than the one taken by Corey Feldman, Corey Haim and Edward Furlong. None of those guys ever managed to reclaim the glory they once held.

Bynes is never going to be a high quality actress – but she has great comedic timing and could easily anchor a sitcom if she gets her act together.

Lohan was once a great child star – but her last good role was ‘Mean Girls.’ She certainly can’t ride that wave any longer.

When ‘Mean Girls’ hit the screens – Lohan was considered the quality actress in the film. Now, her co-stars Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams have totally eclipsed her.

There’s a lesson in there for Lohan. The problem is, she never chooses to learn her lessons.

Of course, it doesn't help that Lohan's own mother Dina is making erratic appearances on 'Dr. Phil' where she appears to be drunk herself. What a great role model.
What do you think? Do you think Hollywood stars get treated differently than “normal” people?


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