I admit it: I've been creepily fascinated by Amanda Bynes' increasingly bizarre downward spiral. I've been keeping up with the nonstop news articles about her, and I even -- well, I'm not proud of this, but I even started following her on Twitter.
Basically, I'm exactly the shallow celebrity-obsessed asshole targeted in a hilarious -- yet painfully spot-on -- new video from YouTube's Official Comedy channel. Titled "Amanda Bynes PSA," the clip dramatically begs viewers like me to get a life and stop caring about Amanda Bynes, because without our trainwreck-gawking attention, we could all go back to a more meaningful existence where nobody retweets Amanda's declaration that she wants Drake to, ahem, murder her vagina.
The satirical clip has all the familiar PSA elements: somber music and straight-faced narrators presented in melodramatic black-and-white. Really, the only thing it's missing is an egg in a pan and a "The More You Know!" rainbow at the end, but it's got the preachy advice down pat. Instead of talking about Bynes, they ask, why aren't we all doing something more important, like walking a dog or calling our parents? Or even watching Breaking Bad?
Here's the video:
You know, the PSA is right. Amanda Bynes wouldn't be taking over the airwaves with her craziness if we weren't happily devouring every fresh bit of weirdness that comes out of the swirling bats that reside inside her skull. It's like that old Simpsons episode where Paul Anka and Lisa Simpson sing about how to get rid of the advertising mascot monsters that are destroying Springfield:
To stop those monsters, one-two-three,
Here's a fresh new way that's trouble-free,
It's got Paul Anka's guarantee ...
(Guarantee void in Tennessee)
Just don't look! Just don't look!
So why DO we keep looking? What is it about Amanda Bynes' bizarre antics that have gripped our attention? Is it Schadenfreude, pity, or are we hoping for an eventual comeback story?
Personally, I think it's just plain old human curiosity. I'm fascinated by Amanda Bynes because her behavior is so far out of the norm, I can't help wondering what's driving her to do (and say) the things she does. The argument against this, as touched on in the PSA, is that we should all be focused on the REAL problems of the world instead of the oddball flailings of one troubled starlet. But that's another reason celebrity flameouts are so compelling -- they offer a little distraction from all those problems. I don't know about you, but if I spent my every waking moment fretting about poverty, disease, warfare, terrorism, and deadly weather events, I'd be curled up in the corner sucking my thumb. And frankly, when it comes to idle water-cooler chit-chat, I'm much more interested in dishing about Amanda's freaky Twitter stream than the latest global atrocities.
Does that make me a vapid waste of food? Eh, probably. The Stop Caring About Amanda Bynes PSA is fairly spot-on -- unless, of course, you consider the ouroboros effect of a releasing a viral video about Amanda Bynes.
Why do you think Amanda Bynes is getting so much attention right now?
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