Who's the Bigger Basket Case—Amanda Bynes or Lindsay Lohan?

Amanda Bynes may be garnering more headlines, but she's still squeaky clean compared with a certain other star

By Leslie Gornstein Sep 21, 2012 9:48 PMTags
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Lindsay Lohan's been slamming Amanda Bynes on Twitter, but does she really have any reason to talk? Who's currently the bigger Hollywood basket case?
—Ophie4131, via Facebook

As opinionated as people may be about Lohan and her newer iteration, this question actually can be answered quite objectively. If you look at both former child stars in terms of convictions, arrests, fashion disasters and low points, it's pretty clear that one starlet is, far and away, the bigger disaster.

Let's start with one of the basics: Number of arrests. Bynes has definitely been popped once, in April 6, for a DUI, though she's also been charged with two counts of misdemeanor hit-and-runs stemming from accidents in April and August. Lohan, meanwhile, has at least three arrests on her record, two for DUIs, and one, of course, for that recent run-in with a pedestrian in New York.

Convictions: Lohan has faced at least three: For a DUI; a probation violation in 2010 and a necklace theft. So far, Bynes has a clean conviction record.

Fashion disasters: Now this is where the contest gets hot. Both of them seem to have decent taste in sweaters but rotten judgment when it comes to tiny, frayed shorts. However, I'm gonna have to give this category to Lohan. She may have had more court dates, but at least she knows how to dress for them. As in, wearing a suit, pants, or a dress.

Days in jail: Bynes definitely has the advantage here. After all, it was Lohan who recently Tweeted, "Why did I get put in jail and a nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far? + ... These are the moments that I appreciate my life experiences, living without regrets and Disney for supporting me as an actress-night all*"

Lowest moment: This may be the only category up for subjective interpretation. Lohan has been forced to wear an ankle monitor. Amanda Bynes starred in She's the Man. Lohan is now starring in made-for-Lifetime films. Bynes, well, isn't starring in any films.

Still, if you add up all of the above, Lohan is clearly still the biggest disaster. The final ruling? Anderson Cooper is right. And Lindsay needs to stop throwing stones.