Over the last several months, Amanda Bynes‘ life has been turned upside down and transformed into tabloid fodder gold thanks to her erratic behavior, which landed her under psychiatric care after being arrested for lighting a fire in a neighbor’s driveway. And though her shenanigans have been the butt of countless jokes, famous funnyman Nick Cannon doesn’t think her public meltdown is a laughing matter and he recently penned an emotional open letter to Bynes to show his support.
In the letter, which Cannon posted on his website on Wednesday, the “Wild’N Out” star talks about the humorous way the media has framed Bynes’s behavior and explains that he’s upset about the way in which Bynes, who he refers to as his “family,” has been treated.
“After recent events of Amanda being admitted under psychiatric care and reported as 5150, I see this as no laughing matter,” wrote Cannon. “I tweeted a few weeks about how the entertainment industry just consumes people and spits them out like flavorless bubblegum. A few chews of enjoyment then they’re under a city bus bench. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a pity for the popular statement. I am always the first to say that fame and entertainment is one of the best and easiest occupations to ever have, but one must know how to navigate through the matrix or you may find yourself in a very dark hole.
Toward the end of the letter, Cannon turns his attention away from the media and sends a direct message to Bynes about wanting to be a part of her support system during this critical point in her life.
“So I say to my sister Amanda Bynes you’re not alone. I’m here for you. I understand. I care and I appreciate you, because that’s what family does and that’s what family is for,” wrote Cannon. “I also extend this to anyone else in my life, past or present that may find themselves in hard times. I’m here! Call me! Because I truly believe, the hand you’re helping up today may be the one you’re reaching for tomorrow. So not to be all cheesy and over sentimental but I got to end this with the ingenious [Bill] Wither’s lyrics ‘Lean on me when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on. For it won’t be long until I’ll need somebody to lean on.’”
We applaud Cannon for standing up for Bynes and offering help to her. Considering the gravity of her situation, including rumors that she may be diagnosed with schizophrenia, she will definitely need all of the help she can get.
Check out some other stars who offered their support below. –nicholas robinson