Kevin Zegers: Let's Not Act Shocked by Amanda Bynes
“Food for thought,” the 28-year-old actor tweeted with the post.
“Amanda Bynes. Everyone is talking about Amanda Bynes,” Kevin wrote. “Debating whether she’s a drug addict, crazy or both. I’ve found myself strangely uncomfortable as people snipe around me. Maybe it’s pity, understanding, discomfort. Not Sure. But it has brought to light something of which I am aware. It’s a razor thin line between the top and the bottom.”
He added, “I don’t think anyone cares about the wattage of Bynes star. Or Lohan. Or Spears. What really interests people is the collapse. The free fall from adored to scorned. From beloved, to bat shit crazy. From dimpled starry eyed kid, to shaven headed rambling maniac. And people love it. They eat it up.”
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“I don’t claim to have suffered from nearly the amount of childhood success as Bynes. Nor the amount of attention. But I do find myself watching the person implode with a certain amount of familiarity. My head cocks as I see it all happening.
This is not a diatribe about child actors. I can’t be bothered to wait and winge about how hard it is to be famous as a child. About the trials of never being ‘normal’ or having the define yourself later in life because your identity was never defined as a child.
What I will say is that the rock weighs heavy in my hand as I debate casting a stone. Having trundled into some fairly dark and rancid places myself, the only benefit being no one tuned in for my demise. But it did happen, as it does with most of ‘us.’ Cute little funny kids who once spurned cheek pinched and coos, are now staggering dope friends wandering Buffalo. This is the rule, not the exception. Only a few of us emerge from the other side in tact.
Perhaps that’s what this stupid post is all about. Lets not all act shocked, or bewildered at what is happening to Amanda Bynes. Or pretend we haven’t seen this unfold before. Lets take ownership of our piece of the story. The wide eyed observer. Secretly hoping for carnage. Praying for it in fact. The part of us that slows down at car wrecks to perhaps see some blood. Titillated and detached. It’s time we accept that just like all dogs go to heaven, this stuff happens to people like Amanda Bynes. It’s not our fault, but maybe it’s not entirely hers either.
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