Shaunna Murphy
February 15, 2017 7:38 am
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After the rollercoaster of sadness that was her 2013, we all came to the conclusion that Amanda Bynes is at her best when she’s out of the public eye — and of course, staying away from her Twitter account.

So when we noticed that Bynes returned to the site on Valentine’s Day, of course our immediate reaction was extreme concern. The former actress has kept it low-key since the end of 2014, only popping up once last August to let fans know that she was okay — and that any other social media accounts claiming to be her were total fakes.

The latter issue is exactly why Bynes logged in on Tuesday. A Twitter account with the handle @PersianLa27 has recently been tweeting out messages claiming to be the “real” Bynes, and on Tuesday, the account posted an alleged photo of the actress with the caption “”Happy Valentines Day! At the gynos office with Matt to see if I am indeed pregnant! The home test says I am but I need a 2nd opinion!!”, in a Tweet that was later deleted.

Bynes’ official account weighed in, denying @PersianLa27’s claims.

The crap that celebrities — even ones who willfully left the public eye over two years ago — have to deal with on the internet is high key insane, and this is all a pretty great reminder that Twitter is historically awful at policing harassment.

The @PersianLa27 account has deleted many of their offending tweets (they also maintain an Instagram account, mainly made up of public photos of Bynes), but as of press time Wednesday morning, they’re still posting confusing, erratic messages every few minutes.

The messages are still written to sound like they’re coming from Bynes (they do sound a lot like her disturbing, self-contradicting tweets from 2013 and 2014), and many make disturbing claims about the actress’ family and financial situations. However, the name on the account has been switched to “Ashley Banks.”

Twitter/PersianLA27
Twitter/PersianLA27

We hope that Twitter steps in and bans @PersianLa27 as soon as possible, and not only for the health and safety of Bynes. Whoever is manning this account is A) clearly unwell and B) could find a better use of their time that does not involve harassing a famously unwell former celebrity.

Bynes deserves better, and we should all do her a favor by not following @PersianLa27 (though James Franco, weirdly enough, already has) and continuing to leave her the hell alone.

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