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Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness

In a wee break from my usual self empowerment & passion infused prose, let’s be real for a second. This article is well written and necessary. Compassion for our tribe people, it begins with *I* ~ I choose to intentionally participate in the burden of my neighbour. I will not ignore you. Mental illness is not a game, nor a glamorous sport to be a spectator in. Good job, letsqueerthingsup, this is very well thought out. Xo – miss d

Lets Queer Things Up!

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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