In response to all the media coverage of Amanda Bynes‘ hospitalization and mandatory hold under a 5150 (upgraded to a 5250 now), Nick Cannon has written her a heartfelt letter on his Tumblr entitled, “an open letter to my sister, Amanda Bynes.”
In the post, he details how stressful it can be to grow up as a child star, including (and especially) the money aspect. Part of it reads:
Imagine being the breadwinner in your household before you can even drive. Imagine you parents, teachers, and employers NEVER telling you NO. Anything you ask for or want, the world gives you, at some point you are bound to self-destruct. I call this “access to excess”. I’ve seen it happen to many of my friends and colleagues young and old. It goes back to that old saying; “Too much of anything is bad for anyone”. Whether it’s fame, money, sex, drugs, attention. It’s all a dangerous addiction. When there is no balance in your life a person will always become victim to their reality or lack thereof. The question is, when this destruction occurs, who is there to help put back the pieces. What do you do when you have no solid support system?
Cannon has an excellent point, and one that he truly understands, having begun working in the entertainment industry at around 11-years-old. He goes onto explain how difficult it is to continue maintaining any form of career once yours seems to have fizzled out.
You are either trying to get back “hot” again or just searching for that adulation that you once received daily from the masses. Then enters the media, or what I like to call the ultimate magnifier. It’s like if you have a delicate piece of tissue under the sun, that tissue is under INTENSE heat with nowhere to escape but once you place a magnifying glass over that tissue, it’s bound to instantly burn up in flames. This is what I believe happens to many people in the public eye and we all sit back and judge these people for our own entertainment. We say things like, ” I’m glad I’m not famous “, “Celebrities are Crazy”, “See what fame and money does to people”
Cannon then calls Bynes his “sister” and informs her that he’s there for her, and to call him if she ever needs him. Granted, that part could have absolutely gone into an actual, private letter to Bynes, but nevertheless…it is part of a larger message. But is it one that needed to be broadcast using Bynes’ name on the Internet?
Obviously, this is worlds better than Ashley Benson mocking Bynes or Lance Bass getting airtime for his public faux concern, but I am still skeptical of anything written by a celebrity to another celebrity in such an open manner. Then again, it seems more like Cannon was trying to inform the public of how to treat the situation, as well as give some insight into fame’s consequences from a firsthand point of view, rather than just writing a note to a former costar or trying to get her (highly negative, sadly) spotlight turned toward himself.
I do not think any of us can speculate with great accuracy how Amanda Bynes is feeling right now; it is important to back up and recognize that. Regardless of how many tabloids, how many TV shows, how many websites — yes, even ours! — report on this story, we still do not know for sure what is happening. Chances are, we never entirely will and that is fine; mental illness is a highly subjective, personal issue. What we can take away from this situation is sensitivity toward all those dealing with mental illness, including Bynes.
Photos: Getty Images & Nick Cannon’s Tumblr.