Granted, Amanda Bynes is no Cate Blanchett
, Julia Roberts
or Meryl Streep
. But many in the industry thought she had the skills to someday make that much of a name for herself (at least people at Cosmopolitan talked to some people with those views for their profile article about her in January). Additionally, she was one of the only remaining child stars who managed to go from jumping on a trampoline with pigtails during the opening credits of "All That" to someone on the cover of Maxim without having a picture of her slumped over in the passenger seat of an Escalade floating around on the internet. She was going to be the prize-winning pig at a Midwestern state fair of child stars! What's the deal with rejecting all that promise and prestige?!
As her tweets show, apparently she's not the type of person to do something she doesn't love. So maybe she just got tired of memorizing lines, dressing up in dudes' clothes and pointing out the cattiness of teenage-dom by sticking tampons up her nose. But she was so "guilty pleasure" good at it, and it's hard to imagine Dakota Fanning or Miley Cyrus pulling off a movie like "She's the Man" even a fraction as well as she did. I'm inclined to think she didn't like the trajectory of her career... but that's a problem easily fixed by putting your agent and publicist in a box filled with soggy Triscuits and shipping them to Tanzania.
So even though we're asked to believe the hashtag on the last tweet illustrates the severity of her decision, the "I'm very attracted to [black men] just fyi" makes her mountain a little bit more infested with garden snakes, and that much harder to climb.