If you've missed the latest Amanda Bynes news, the troubled former child star is currently hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after she set a fire in a stranger's driveway on Monday. She was detained by police after an utterly bizarre incident in which she started a fire, incinerated her left pant leg, ran pantsless to a nearby liquor store to try and rinse her gas-soaked Pomeranian in a back-office sink, screamed at a witness not to touch her or she'd call 911, and attempted to flee in a cab. Unidentified sources says Bynes is exhibiting signs of schizophrenia and that her parents plan to seek a court-ordered conservatorship.
In other words, if there was a single worse time to publicly make fun of Amanda Bynes, Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson couldn't have picked it if she had hunkered down for hours strategizing Bynes-based probability density functions with Nate freaking Silver.
On Wednesday, Ashley Benson posted the following photo to Instagram:
She included the caption, "Doing my Amanda Bynes look this afternoon." Because, well:
Now, from my perspective, the problem with Benson's joking impression is one of timing. If she'd posted it in May, right about when Bynes was grabbing all sorts of headlines for her strange behavior but it hadn't yet become completely obvious that something was medically wrong with her, I'm sure it would have received plenty of laughs. If Benson had posted it even a week ago, the reaction may have been an uncomfortable chuckle or two.
However, to post it not 48 hours after Amanda Bynes was involuntarily brought in on a 5150 psychiatric hold? Yeah, that's a little insensitive, to say the least.
Benson's getting plenty of negative backlash for the mocking photo, so I'm guessing we'll see it quietly disappear from Instagram at some point. Or maybe Benson will stick to her guns and point out that if Amanda Bynes can call everyone from Drake to the Obamas "ugly," one little joke photo isn't hurting anyone.
Of course, it's sounding like one of these parties may be legitimately and severely mentally ill. I'm not sure what Benson's excuse will be.
What do you think of this photo from Ashley Benson? Poor taste or fair game?
Image via Instagram