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Posted at 1:05 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Charlie Sheen high on Charlie Sheen -- and the world can't get enough

By Melissa Bell
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Charlie Sheen. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

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?

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By Melissa Bell  | March 1, 2011; 1:05 PM ET
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Comments

If Charlie Sheen's behavior is not an endorsement for drug testing your teens, I don't know what is. This is not cool. Being an alcoholic, drug induced, Hollywood power player with porn stars is not the way to go through life. It's setting a terrible example to young men everywhere. This is why parents need to step up and drug test their children to keep them clean. This didn't start overnight with stardom. Charlie probably has been using for years. Myteensavers has seen this type of behavior. It's disturbing! http://bit.ly/hy7eQJ

Posted by: sotospeaks | March 1, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

counterpoint: the masheen rules

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | March 1, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

charlie
I totally get you
keep going and do not give up

Posted by: finally747 | March 1, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Charlie is a huge talent from a massively talented family. He has had alot of heartbreaks and I guess the accomplishments may not be the fulfillment that they appear to be. He obviously has a lot of people who love and care about him, and, like a lot of us, fewer who really connect or understand him. I hope that physically and emotionally he rides this wave out to a peaceful, spiritual center--I hope all of the love and prayers that surround him keep him abundantly safe and that he finds himself, loud, brash, brillant, goofy, with kids who love him unquestioningly and with pride say"that's my Dad--you gotta love him!" I think he and Joauquin, Casey, and Randy Quaid ought to get together in Canada and film a documentary on "doing my own thing"!

Posted by: nekunsak | March 1, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I think the media is being quite unfair to Sheen right now. His obvious jokes are taken very 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. However, he sounds quite rationale in his interviews – even boring sometimes – but you have to be able to tell what is hyperbole, what is a joke and what's just not that big a deal. I highly doubt most people have watched or listened to the interviews in their entirety. Instead, people are taking their cues from the media headlines with biased judgments that, again, are mostly intended to draw viewership.

I don't support Sheen's drug use – I'm glad he's testing clean and certainly hope that continues – but I hope he's able to gain some benefit from this media blitz, because his ability to capture the media's attention is the only weapon he really has. Groveling would only make things worse... let's be clear: he was not fired for drugs and sex, he was fired because he ranted against his boss – who had been making fun of him publicly for years. While I don't sympathize with many of Sheen's choices, I do sympathize with that.

Good luck on sobriety and employment, Charlie. Not everyone misunderstands you.

Posted by: RckmSckmRbts | March 1, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr Sheen needs to act like an adult. It's time for Charlie to grow up. He's 45 years old and my grandchildren who are mostly under 7 have more self control than he. This is a very talented actor who has great earning potential. Everyone makes mistakes but it takes an adult accept responsibilty for those mistakes and move forward. COME ON CHARLIE wake up and count your blessings, stop being a baby!

Posted by: mylark | March 1, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sheen needs to act like an adult. It's time for Charlie to grow up. He's 45 years old and my grandchildren who are mostly under 7 have more self control than he. This is a very talented actor who has great earning potential. Everyone makes mistakes but it takes an adult accept responsibility for those mistakes and move forward. COME ON CHARLIE wake up and count your blessings, stop being a baby!

Posted by: mylark | March 1, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Leave Charlie Sheen ALONE what he does on his own time is his own business. Everyone has skeletons in their closets. You should consider that before you start dishing out advice to others before you have your own crap sorted out. No one is innocent, everyone has done some stuff in their past; he's living life as he wants and its his right as an american to live it as hardcore as he wants. So QUIT complaining about him, if you think his a bad example to "your perfect kids" maybe you should lock them up the world is like this. Instead of pointing the finger at him you should talk about the crazy things you have done in the past before you criticize him.

Posted by: jonclaude | March 1, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Um... I never said Charlie Sheen himself was awesome. The poll you put up with the choice between "Awesome" and "Troubled" is really misleading. I just said his one-liners were awesome, and they are. That doesn't mean he's not troubled. However, your poll rather proves my point about the media distorting what people say in order to draw in viewers... On Sheen, listen to his interviews in full, not the edited highlights. He's colorful, yes, but definitely not as insane as the reel of out-of-context quotes make him out to be.

Posted by: RckmSckmRbts | March 1, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

RckmSckmRbts, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to imply that the quiz stemmed just from your comment. It is interesting to me that people are dividing into two camps over this. Obviously, the quiz simplifies the question, but I wanted to get an idea how people are feeling about him. There seems to be a groundswell of affection for Sheen. People are listening to his interviews and coming to similar conclusions as you have. The conversation has moved from 'look at this crazy man' to 'leave the guy alone.'

Posted by: Melissa Bell | March 2, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of the media spin on his comments....observe his affect. It's not his words or one liners so much as his odd behaviour. Crazy thinking is apparant or he would not be putting himself out there for all to speculate on. He looks nutty by appearance. Sometimes it's okay not to share everything. Especially when you are obviously not in a good frame of mind.

Posted by: justmythoughts2 | March 4, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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