Amanda Bynes hasn't appeared in a motion picture since 2010's Easy A, but that hasn't stopped her from making headlines.
On Wednesday, the actress pleaded "not guilty" to driving under the influence earlier this spring; since she was not in court, her lawyer entered the plea on her behalf.
If Bynes — who was arrested April 6 for allegedly driving while intoxicated before sideswiping a police car outside of a California nightclub — could face a maximum of six months in jail if convicted.
In a surprising move, Bynes reached out to President Barack Obama, 50, for assistance via Twitter Tuesday. "Hey Barack Obama . . . I don't drink," she wrote. "Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don't hit and run. The end."
The innocuous and unintentionally hilarious tweet caught the attention of journalist and daytime talk show host Anderson Cooper, 45, who poked fun at Bynes' current predicament on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday.
"If you don't know who she is, join the club," Cooper said of Bynes. "She apparently used to be on Nickelodeon, then was in the movie Hairspray and some other movies that you've probably never heard of. . . We're not making light of the charges against her — it's serious stuff. But the reason why she's on the Ridiculist is because like any sensible, quasi-celebrity, she has taken to Twitter to defend herself."
After re-reading Bynes' tweet to Obama, Cooper reminded his viewers that "back in 2010, Amanda Bynes tweeted that she was retiring from acting, then she deleted her Twitter account only to reactivate it a month later to announce she was making a triumphant return to show business."
"I know what you're thinking: basically anything is more important than Amanda Bynes' tweets. I just want you to be clear on the bar that we had set," Cooper explained. "For example, we learned today Miley Cyrus is getting married to Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth. Now on an ordinary day, Ms. Cyrus' engagement would just be a standard celebrity news item. But when compared to Amanda Bynes' tweet, it is basically Watergate, the moon landing and the Oscars all rolled into one."
He then compared Bynes' tweets to those of rapper Kanye West, 34, whose own musings can "be a bit vulgar and random . . . but at least he's not tweeting the President to get him out of jail."
All kidding aside, "I wish her the best," Cooper said. "And Ms. Bynes, if you want to keep tweeting the President, that is certainly your right. But maybe you could even give him a call. Just be sure to leave him your number so that he can contact you on The Ridiculist."
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