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Death by Party | Amanda Bynes: This Is Your Movie Girl, And We’re All Watching

I fucking love a downward spiral. I love the public collapse of a former teen dream in a seriously deep and meaningful way. Maybe it’s because not too long ago I was a just out of teenager age hot mess of a girl falling apart in any way I could, maybe it’s because it’s the natural, inevitable and, above all, HONEST flipside to the meteoric rise of today’s young starlets.

Drew Barrymore, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus and now Amanda Bynes have captivated their audiences more as an imploding star then they ever did as a shiny doll in the perfect package. These girls aren’t your boring Paris Hilton/Kim Kardashian type “good girls who make a porn video and feel real bad about later” young lady gone wrong stories. They are human and angry and fucked up and not making any apologies for anything as they go. They are bucking hard against the rules we make for girls in this world, refusing to accept that you can’t be bad if you want to be big. And Amanda? She’s doing it right. She might be my favorite.

This girl knows she’s a mess. This girl’s not sorry. There’s an edge of “fuck you- you wanted to watch me be perfect and Disney and cute, then now you have to watch me be sloppy and angry and all the things you hope your daughter never is too” to her twitter feed that, to me, borders on genius. We are watching her take control by getting out of it. She’s feeding it to us her way and on her terms. She’s sticking it to the pretty-nice-girl squad by getting ugly and getting real. It’s payback. It’s the antidote to the bullshit molds we force all girls into- you can either be valid, or you can be real.

Cheers to you, Amanda Bynes. Take them with you while you fall apart, count your followers, read the headlines, pierce your face, take your top off, take your shots and slap around the assholes that try and take the credit from you. This is your movie, girl, and we’re all watching.

-Courtney Shayne

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