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Amanda Bynes has always had fans, but now she has ... worshippers? A street corner in New York City's East Village now holds a shrine to the actress, honoring her plunge from the deep end. The DIY shrine features one of Amanda's recent self-portraits, strewn with carnations and surrounded by lit candles -- including two Virgin Mary prayer candles photoshopped with Amanda's face. (Now that's devotion.)
We think it's safe to classify this as street art; no one is actually praying to Saint Amanda. But after the year she's had, we wouldn't be surprised if fans are praying for her.
The latest in the Amanda Bynes Twitter saga -- which, most recently, has involved head-shaving, topless photos and a call to the police -- is a random confession of plastic surgery. In a message posted Sunday, Bynes criticized tabloids for using old photos of her, saying, "I don't look like that anymore."
"I had a nose job to remove skin that was like a webbing in between my eyes," Bynes, 27, wrote via Twitter. "I wasn't going to tell anyone, but I look so much prettier in my new photos that I don't want old photos used anymore! I'm so sick of magazines and blogs using old photos! When will they stop? I will never look like that again!"
Okay, first of all, we have no idea what Amanda means by "webbing in between my eyes." (Neither does this plastic surgeon, for that matter.) Secondly: Did she really think that getting plastic surgery would erase all evidence of her old appearance? It doesn't work that way!
At the end of her Twitter message, Bynes wrote that "having surgery was the most amazing thing for my confidence." But we're thinking she could benefit from a little less confidence these days. The crazier Amanda gets, the more she's showered with Twitter adoration, fan art, and yes, the occasional shrine. It's one thing to obsess over troubled stars of the past, like Marilyn Monroe; it's another to shower praise on a woman who's falling to pieces before our eyes.
We're still hoping that Amanda's behavior is an elaborate prank -- but the more time passes, the less likely it seems. What will it would take to bring her back to Earth? Not a shrine in her honor, that's for sure.