September 22, 2023

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard Amanda Bynes’s name in the media on multiple occasions in recent months.
The former Nickelodeon teen queen has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and for possession of marijuana. She has also received criticism for her personal appearance and antics both on Twitter and in public.
In discussion of Bynes’s behavior, the question has been raised whether the actress, 27, is fit to make her own decisions. It is believed by some that it would be in the best interest of the actress for her parents to play a larger role in the decision- making regarding finances and personal decisions.
“The choice is for the parents to make, not the general populous,” said Aaron Cleveland, junior theater and film studies double major.
“If a person is willing to recognize their inability to handle their own decisions, it would be wise to ask for their parents’ help,” Cleveland said. “However, it is their money and life. They can do what they want with it.”
While most agree that Bynes is not in a stable place, some are of the opinion that she requires less constriction and scrutiny by the media and general public, and simply more space in which to heal.
“While I think Amanda Bynes needs help from her loved ones,” said Kristina Jurdi, sophomore chemical engineering major. “I don’t think they should be making her decisions for her. That’s not the best way to go about helping her.”
Kate McPhillips, senior communication studies major said, “People should be allowed to make their own decisions, If a person has to crash and burn, it is their problem. When people have their whole lives taken care of and don’t suffer consequences, they never grow.”
Some students are appalled and question the judgment Bynes has received.
“I find the media’s coverage of Amanda Bynes to be very inappropriate and degrading,” said Sydney Funderburk, sophomore graphic design major. “I don’t think it’s right for the news to focus on the downfall of celebrities just because it’s more interesting.”
Whatever the outcome, Bynes will most likely continue to grace the tabloids in the coming months.

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