amanda bynes

No one’s ever accused Us Weekly of demonstrating good taste and propriety, but today they managed to bring new life to the word “inappropriate.” They devoted an entire article to the hair and fashion choices of someone who’s just recently left a mental health facility. Really.

Just from the title, you can tell “Amanda Bynes Goes Blonde: See the Pic” is a total nightmare. First of all, we shouldn’t be seeing the pics of someone who’s trying to lay low with her family and get some rest. There shouldn’t be pics. I realize that basic human empathy doesn’t play a big part in the decisions made by paparazzi and celebrity gossip tabloids, but come on, guys. She was released from treatment for schizophrenia less than a month ago, and you’re willing to follow her and her parents around all afternoon because… why? Because strangers deserve to know how she’s wearing her hair?

Unfortunately, the actual meat of the article makes the title look tame. According to UW,

In May 2013, Amanda Bynes posed for her mugshot in a giant blonde wig that was skewed to the side before she was required to take a second mugshot with only her newly-shaved head. Six months later, a much healthier Bynes, 27, was spotted with new blonde locks that looked like her actual hair on Dec. 22 while shopping in Los Angeles. The troubled former actress wore pink and purple Nikes, grey fitted jeans, and a loose-fitted long sleeve floral and polka dot shirt, and shades.

I can’t decided which part is the most infuriating. Is it the obvious condescension in the way they talk about her “actual hair”? Or the way they refer to her as a “troubled former actress,” implying that she barely counts as celebrity royalty anymore and has lost the privilege to be treated with respect? Actually, it might just be the way they’re describing and commenting on her outfit– as if she’s at an event or on a runway, and not, you know, just trying to get her normal life back.

While I personally possess enough self-control to not speculate about a total stranger’s delicate problems, don’t you think it’s possible that this kind of media scrutiny and constant attention contributed to Amanda’s issues? We seriously need to update the way we talk about mental illness, and we need to learn to stop kicking people when they’re down.

Via Us Weekly / Photo: WENN