I know it’s generally pointless to talk about this kind of stuff online but I need to say something about all the resurfacing of the rabid, awful media attention on Amanda Bynes.
All the people who joke about her serious mental illness (I’m looking at you “If you can’t handle me at my Amanda Bynes…” people), be aware that you are contributing to not only the destruction of a vulnerable person by feeding into a media machine that has a callous disregard for any type of humanity because they profit off its destruction but you are also proving these media outlets right in their quest to hit rock bottom. You are showing the media that they have you to count on for the clicks, the views, the reblogs, retweets, re-posts, re-vines and they will do anything that they can to bring you the material that you’ve shown so clearly that you want. You are culpable for this destruction.
Not only do your actions feed rabid media production but it feeds this merciless mocking of a mentally unwell person (yes, she IS mentally ill; if it wasn’t clear already, her recent talk about microchips in her brain is a serious, serious sign of full-blown mania/schizophrenia). You are contributing to the stigma that keeps mentally ill people from seeking treatment or help. You may not care about her as a person but know that your jokes may have a direct impact on people that you know on your feed who may be battling with their own mental health issues. Imagine it may be your best friend, your sister, your mother, your cousin or aunt. Your jokes are telling them that they deserve to be mocked for their illness and pain, that if they take that incredibly courageous leap of outing themselves to seek help, you and your jokes are telling them that they’ll be outing themselves to abuse from their friends, loved ones, coworkers, strangers, and the general public.
This is what many people fail to understand about the need to limit the use of sensitive language. “Oh, it’s just a joke!” “I’m tired of this PC bullshit.” “Can people stop whining?” These are catchphrases from the rhetoric of selfishness, one of America’s favorites. Only your comfort matters, only your mental ease in knowing you can say what you want matters. If you ever utter these phrases, please realize that your verbal and nonverbal discourse has a multitude of effects on both people close to you and strangers alike. Know that your words matter and when you downplay those effects, you are being irresponsible and utterly destructive to people who are suffering and in need of help. Also know that you can do your part by actively, consciously not taking a part in this vicious media machine. Show these hideous media bottom-feeders that they do not have your ears, eyes, or clicks.