Hi, my name is Jessica and I’m a She’s the Man-aholic….
Seriously, though; have you ever noticed how the most vulnerable individuals make the easiest targets for trolls? This always comes to mind when I think of Amanda Bynes, the badass comedienne whose acting career came to an abrupt end in 2013, following a psychiatric episode and subsequent hospitalization.
While mental illness is a serious affliction, impacting an estimated 26% of the population, there’s still a lot of advocacy work to be done in the name of destigmatization.
In fact, media coverage — like the celeb-shaming that took place during Amanda’s acute psychiatric episode — did nothing to promote compassion or sensitivity to the topic, let alone providing the public with some valuable psycho-education. Instead, Amanda’s erratic and symptomatic behaviors were taken out of context, scrutinized in tabloid headlines, and her suffering was made commercial as the content of news stories.
Today, we’d like to celebrate Amanda, instead; to thank her for all the laughs she’s brought — and continues to bring — to our lives, thanks to her funny AF acting career. And, we wish that she knew that it’s her dazzling looks and goofball humor that still define our memories the starlet in our minds.
Oh. That and the fact that we’ll never ever get tired of watching She’s the Man.
So, Amanda, this one’s for you. Check out all of the amazing life lessons we learned while watching (and re-watching) She’s the Man.
- Keep your eye on the prize. (If in doubt, affirmations help.)
- This is how we feel about being told what to do:
- Seriously. Rules of etiquette? Total waste of our time.
- Come to think of it, we literally DGAF about being ladylike.
- Know your audience — including how they like to be addressed. “Bros… brothers… brethren?”
- Never be too proud to help a brotha out. (Especially if it’s Channing Tatum.)
- Sometimes all you can do is listen. And that’s OK.
- Sometimes you have to think outside the box. Creative problem solving = very big YES.
- It’s okay to stand up to bullies. Therapeutic, even. “1-800-BIATCH”
- “I’m brilliant. SHH!!” That’s right — own it, sista! Don’t let anyone dim your sparkle.
- Express yo’ self. Every last feeling! Don’t hold back ’cause repressing is unhealthy.
- Don’t just talk the talk; walk the walk.
- Don’t be shallow. Remember Monique?
- To refresh your memory, here’s why you don’t want to be Monique. That’s just too salty.
- Nurture your individuality and respect that of others. You do you, girlfriend.
- And of course, rememer to always celebrate your successes.
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Jessica is a therapist and freelance writer living in Southern California. Follow her on Instagram @jessicagrey091.