I bet you are not even going to notice the most amazing thing about this shrine to Amanda Bynes in the East Village.
According to EV Grieves, whoever made it photoshopped Byne’s face onto the candles. So she is staring out at you in the garb of the Virgin Mary. EV also notes:
Over on East Ninth and Stuyvesant, a shrine of sorts arrived in honor of Amanda Bynes, the actress who has apparently been acting in a bizarre fashion of late.
You might, seeing this, be asking yourself “What is a shrine for, anyway? I Wikipedia-ed that! They say:
A shrine is a holy or sacred place, which is dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, daemon or similar figure of awe and respect, at which they are venerated or worshipped. Shrines often contain idols, relics, or other such objects associated with the figure being venerated.
I’m not sure acting in a really upsetting fashion quite merits a shrine. Cutting off your hair in a rakish fashion (and I still think it looks great!) does not quite compare with being Jesus’s mom.
I am not certain what we are worshipping that is the greater holy thing/demonic thing that Amanda Bynes represents (deeply upsetting issues with body image that make us all sad?). Beyond that, though, I’m not quite sure why the women who get shrines tend to be people who seem to struggle with some pretty evident sadness. You see a lot of shrines to, say, Marilyn Monroe, but very few to Marie Curie. Women who accomplish great things probably deserve shrines too, but they always seem to end up being dedicated to Edie Sedgwick, or I guess, now, Amanda Bynes.
That said, if it’s merely a place to pray for Amanda’s Bynes to recover, well, I’m sure everyone can get behind that.