Charlie Sheen. If you flew in from Mars this morning and grabbed the news, you’d think the greatest crisis facing America today is Charlie Sheen. He was on NPR as I drove to work. He’s in the New York Times. I’m writing this from a doctor’s office and Charlie Sheen is gazing earnestly from the cover of People magazine. A nation turns its lonely eyes to Charlie Sheen. What will he do next?
I have kind of a weird mental glitch around him.
Some time ago, I helped take care of a boy who had survived a catastrophic injury. The kid watched a lot of TV, and ‘Two and a Half Men’ made him laugh sometimes.
In my brain, Charlie Sheen is forever filed in the drawer labeled, ‘Injured Child’. It gives him an unearned aura of tragic importance.
As for the rest of you– what’s your excuse?
Call me cynical, but I doubt that the nation is really agonizing over another actor with behavior problems. I think it’s more about lazy reporting.
Actors are founts of information, they have publicists and their problems are simple to write about. Not like, for example, Pat Robertson. If you wrote about Robertson’s scandals you’d have to investigate an international network of shifting finances and suspect dealings with third world dictators and their agents. It’s a lot of work. Charlie Sheen has meltdowns on camera. Cut and paste.
I’m not above reading the Enquirer in the checkout line, but it’s kind of surreal to hear, ‘All Sheen–All the time’ on the regular news. Monty Python had it right– spam,spam and more spam.
But there are still some news sources with ethics. Read Kmareka and you’ll never read a word about Charlie Sheen.