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Amanda Bynes Has A Conservatorship Just Like Britney Spears — Here's Why People Aren't Talking About It

“The public perception of the two women is totally different. Britney Spears has been in public — very public — for years. Whereas Amanda Bynes, her life is so private, we only get these little glimpses into it.”

On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed Amanda Bynes' conservatorship and the way it has (and hasn't) been covered by the media. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Doha Madani about why there’s such a huge difference in the public perceptions of Britney Spears’ and Amanda Bynes’ conservatorships. Here's some of what we learned:

BuzzFeed Daily: You recently reported on a judge's ruling to extend Amanda Bynes' conservatorship. But it doesn't seem like that many people are necessarily even aware that Amanda has been under conservatorship. Can you give us some background on this?

Photo of Amanda Bynes in a purple dress

BuzzFeed Daily: So she's under this conservatorship now. I believe her mother is in charge of it. It's obviously hard to know what actually goes down inside of these conservatorships because they're so private in nature. But is there any evidence to suggest, or maybe concern about Amanda's family benefiting financially from her conservatorship, the same way that Britney Spears' father has clearly been taking money from Britney's?

Closeup photo of Amanda Bynes smiling at something off-camera

BuzzFeed Daily: It was inevitable that there would be comparisons made to Britney Spears' conservatorship. Both women started out as child stars and reached high levels of fame before having some very public mental health issues. Financial issues aside, what are the most significant differences between their cases?

Selfie of Amanda Bynes and selfie of Britney Spears

BuzzFeed Daily: I think another key difference between these two cases is just the sheer amount of attention that has been put on Britney's case. There's the Hulu documentary Framing Britney Spears, and Netflix just released the trailer for its own Britney doc. Plus, there's a "Free Britney" Instagram account with nearly 100,000 followers. Meanwhile, the biggest "Free Amanda" Twitter account, which you mentioned in your article, has less than a thousand followers. I wonder, do you think we're going to see that level of attention move on to Amanda Bynes? Or do you think because of all these differences you've outlined about the way that Amanda's life has played out in the past few years, that the public is going to accept that maybe the conservatorship is the right thing for her?

Photo of someone waving a pink #FreeBritney flag

BuzzFeed Daily: So, do you think the way Britney's case has played out over the past few months could serve as sort of a blueprint for the future of Amanda's case or conservatorship cases in general?

Photo of a person holding a Free Britney sign at a rally

BuzzFeed Daily: What do you think is next for Amanda Bynes? Are there any next steps that she's going to take, do you think, or do you think that she's content in her conservatorship as it exists right now?

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