Society, it would appear, is never at a loss for Hollywood stars falling in a downward spiral.
Many of which are former childhood stars.
What were once bright-eyed and adorable children on popular shows and movies have become more popularly identified by their mug shots.
When Haley Joel Osment is not being charged with drinking and driving, Lindsay Lohan is building up a rap sheet as long as her resume.
Most recently, Amanda Bynes has joined the ranks of former childhood stars gone bad.
Bynes, who gained popularity from the Nickelodeon program “The Amanda Show,” started having problems in early 2012, with charges that included a DUI and a hit-and-run, and things have not gotten better since.
Recently, she has taken her antics to the social networking site Twitter, where she has been tweeting pictures of herself in revealing clothing and making sexual comments toward other celebrities.
Most notably were her tweets to rapper Drake.
Some sympathize with childhood stars like Bynes and believe their childhoods can be extremely taxing.
Paula Rae Brown, a senior theater major, said all the mistakes that childhood stars make in their youth do not go without public scrutiny.
“They have to worry about the media highlighting all the mistakes they make that we were allowed to make as children without being criticized,” Brown said.
Brown, who has been competing in pageants since she was 5 and performing in plays since she was 8, said these children are expected to carry the responsibilities of an adult without an adult’s mentality.
“I can’t imagine how it must be to be a kid eating lunch in public and constantly having a cell phone in my face with people taking pictures,” she said.
Bynes and Osment are not the only former child stars to be caught in a scandal.
Since 2006, Lindsay Lohan has made multiple headlines for her stints in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse.
Before Lohan, others like “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin made headlines for the same charges.
Some think this behavior is a form of rebellion from the life the former stars once had.
Alicia Goodman, a theater graduate student, said she thinks the way a child gets into the entertainment business plays a role.
“It depends on whether parents force a child to act or if the child wants to do it on their own,” Goodman said. “If the child is forced to go to auditions, and they do not want to, then their acting out as an adult can be their way of needing to break free and do their own thing.”
Goodman, who has been acting in plays since she was 7, said she enjoys acting, but did not want to be on television.
“I prefer the stage and getting an immediate response from a crowd instead of recording in front of a camera,” she said.
Goodman also pointed out that not all childhood stars grow up to be troubled adults.
“Raven Symone was on the ‘Cosby Show’ at a really young age, and she turned out fine,” she said.
However, for former child stars who became troubled adults, those who watched these stars while growing up find it unfortunate to see them head down dangerous paths.
The former child stars of this generation seem to be following in the same footsteps of celebrities before them who met tragic ends.
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