Charlie Sheen high on Charlie Sheen -- and the world can't get enough
Charlie Sheen is on a media tear. He's on "Good Morning America"! He's on "The Howard Stern Show"! He's everywhere, providing sound bites so terrible, you can't tear yourself away. Tiger's blood? Adonis DNA? Charlie Sheen and the Goddesses?
After remaining mum on the topic of Sheen, Chuck Lorre, executive producer of Sheen's likely-to-be-former show "Two and a Half Men," turned to his vanity cards again to weigh in on the topic. The card that appeared at the end of "Mike & Molly" on Tuesday night is "in the rambling, stream-of-consciousness style of most of Sheen's rants," the Hollywood blog Deadline reports, and hints that "Two and a Half Men" will shut down production.
In the middle of the card is one line that stands out: "This explains the paradox of our culture, which celebrates the ego while simultaneously promoting its evisceration with drugs and alcohol."
On Piers Morgan's show Tuesday night, Sheen alluded to the idea that his character on "Two and a Half Men," a womanizing, cigar-smoking alcoholic, is based on his own life, only with cigars replacing cigarettes and vodka standing in for cocaine. His television character is loved for his antics; his real life character, not so much.
If only Casey Affleck were following him around with a documentary. This is performance art. This is the stuff a mockumentary should be made of.
But a real and terrible descent into drugs and addiction and self-flagellation on the altar of morning news shows is one thing on television, another thing with five children watching their father self-immolate. And should we (the collective media, the readers, you, me) wonder about the wisdom of providing the platform for his increasingly bizarre diatribes? Are we enablers in "The Charlie Sheen Cavalcade of Crazy" (as the Daily What so accurately dubbed it)?
David Hasselhoff, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen. The roads of Hollywood are lined with tarnished stars. And we just can't stop watching them fall.
Update: Reader RckmSckmRbts points out a second option: the media is taking everything way too seriously. "His awesome one-liners are taken out of context and labeled bizarre, and his choice to engage in a form of rehab that is personalized for him is derided as something less than genuine. I think the media has an interest in piling on against Sheen, calling his interviews erratic, etc., because it helps draw viewers to the interviews." People are having a field day with his wordplay.
So am I (and the rest of the media) wrong?
| March 1, 2011; 1:05 PM ET
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