Few seconds seem to pass these days without a tweet or comment about Amanda Bynes or Lindsay Lohan. With both being child stars, living in Hollywood, and constantly under the fire for how irresponsible they’ve become over the last few years, it’s no shocker why they’re constant targets in the press. Of course they’re not the only ones, but these are two women who I find myself thinking about and praying for often. I fell in love with their TV shows and films, and like so many others, it came as a shocker when the negative press began stirring up around them. Even though I haven’t met either women in person, I have to say, that my heart really does break for them. And even more than that, my heart breaks for those who don’t have any sensitivity for their struggles.
I’m not here to defend their actions nor am I screaming at a camera with emotion stricken eyes like Chris Crocker, of the infamous 2007 “Leave Britney [Spears] Alone!” viral video, but I am saying, that we have to be so careful with how we react to things that other people are struggling with, celebrities or not.
It truly breaks my heart when I read a nasty, supposedly funny comment about a celebrity’s struggles with addiction or other real-life issues. Just like we wouldn’t make those kind of comments about a loved one or a close friend, we shouldn’t do that about people we don’t know either.
Yeah, sure, they make millions of dollars and should be able to “take a punch” or “man up,” but let’s be real: no amount of money, fame, or prestige is above struggle. As a result, no one’s personal struggle should be above grace, forgiveness, and the ability to hold our tongues and not make fun of them. Addictions are not funny. DUIs shouldn’t be joked about. At all. They are real, serious issues that people lose their lives over every single year.
So let’s think twice before we tweet that “Lindsay’s at it again” or “Amanda Bynes is such a waste of human existence.” These are people with real feelings and emotions, and even if it’s *just* a tweet or a *funny* Instagram meme…it’s not a joke. It’s not funny. Let us learn to love and encourage much more than we condemn.
Also posted at The Novelate Show