Hollywood is hard on a gal, that’s for sure.
From Award Show fashion catastrophes, to that hot mess saunter out of a bar in West Hollywood, women are typically front and center when it comes to Hollywood gossip. Most recently, in a “I-totally-saw-that-coming” ruling on Friday, Amanda Bynes’ mother Lynn Organ was granted temporary conservatorship over her daughter while Amanda Bynes spends another 30 days in the hospital after she doused her and her dog in gasoline and proceeded to light herself on fire.
We’ve reported on one of Bynes’ crazy antics before, but what a sad sight this has truly turned out to be: Amanda Bynes may actually be schizophrenic.
It’s a tale that started with the wrong introduction. News and blogs across the nation painted Bynes to be a good girl gone bad, taking to Twitter to rant down on anyone she didn’t find attractive. Paparazzi wouldn’t let up and began following the star everywhere she went. Soon enough, the fame turned the poor girl into a living, breathing monster that nobody would have ever thought to have an illness. Her celebrity status brought unwanted attention.
Unfortunately, what the media is so good at doing is making female stars think to themselves, “how exactly will I dodge the tabloids today?” There’s so many pressures female celebrities face, from their weight, what they do… even down to just how they may appear to others.
As Pamela Stephenson put it for the Dailymail: “The reality, I now believe, is that fame is a trauma. Rather than encroaching life, it can ‘split’ the personality, change every relationship and exacerbate any problem.”
It’s a twist of fate. What was once thought of to be a shower of cash, diamond, and jobs, has suddenly turned out to be a shower of loneliness, alcohol and medication.
Recovering addict, Lindsay Lohan, the poster child for child stars gone balls to the wall crazy, could easily start an art gallery with all the paparazzi shots she’s accumulated over the years. She offered this insight on the David Letterman show about the media onslaught brought upon her: “I’m a target, I’ve always been. I’ve put myself in this in the past in situations where, you know, I take full responsibility for it, and it wasn’t funny. And I was being immature and I was going through a phase, and I had a lot of family things going on.”
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Paparazzi flocked to Lindsay Lohan the same way they flocked to Mary Kate Olsen years before when she was photographed numerous times looking like she had escaped from a coffin after years of decomposing. Skin and bones was what tabloid readers saw. In a generation that criticizes even the slightest of meat on a girl’s body, Olsen eventually landed herself in rehab because of anorexia.
Stephenson had once talked to Mel C, Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls, who was also the center of image critiques. She was once billed as “the ugly one in the back.’ She struggled with isolation and rumors about her weight, eating, and sexuality.
The fame game makes pressure never-ending, especially when you’re expected to be, well, perfect. Such is the tale for jazz singer Amy Winehouse who, at the height of her celebrity, was documented by newspapers at her very worst. She wasn’t always like this, in fact, her stylish ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil openly admitted to introducing her to heroin. This became a domino effect for the troubled singer. Stumbling out of bars, smoking what seems to be a joint, even a video of her smoking crack – all of these stories followed her to her dreadful fate and were ultimately linked to her death. She toiled in notoriety which overshadowed her Grammy Award-winning sultry voice.
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“The tabloids that distributed images of Winehouse in her worst, wasted, abused and pencil-thin, throughout her career eventually served as a prophecy for her tragic end,” said Hurriyet Daily News. “While male musicians’ and singers’ escapades with alcohol and drugs are treated with somewhat more tolerance and attributed to part of a package that is rock’n’roll, the media, more often than not, did not go easy on Winehouse, like many other female celebrities during her time and before her.”
Inversely, when Charlie Sheen’s odd behavior came to light in the midst of domestic abuse, alcohol, and drug scandals, “Tigerblood” and “Winning!” became a household phrase that, if anything, boosted his career. Those terms became associated with power and popularity while any female caught slipping up under the public eye is seen as Lindsay Lohan II. It’s pretty much a one-sided battle, especially in Bynes’ case when all the media did was lash out on her. Only when Bynes was caught in a 5150 psychiatric hold, did the news industry simmer down and take her serious.
But in no way is Bynes’ story ever going to stop the media from what they’re doing to other celebrities. I’m guessing the biggest appeal behind pop culture news is to see how far stardom can knock a girl out from the cuckoo’s nest. In any case, starlets just have it harder. Perhaps the key to becoming a successful celebrity nowadays is to just keep your mouth shut and stay inside the house.