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

“It’s not a spectacle. It’s a goddamn illness.” ~ Sam Dylan Finch

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

  1. Thank you for letting us know about this wonderful website. I’m a straight person who tries to be the best ally I can for my GLBT+ brothers and sisters. Everyone is fighting a hard battle, being a bigoted asshat is certainly not the way to make things better.
    I also live with mental illness. I get tired of being treated like I’m somehow less intelligent or incapable of making decisions when people find out about my disorder(s), which only happen when I tell them, because I “pass for normal.” My conditions are under control at this point. However, prior to proper diagnosis, this was not the case. I was almost 40 before I was properly diagnosed.

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