Charlie Sheen -- Why the Hell Do You Care?

I had this amazing conversation with someone about Charlie Sheen.  She was upset because if he continued the way he was going, he would "die." 

"Porn stars, drugs and alcohol?  Who wouldn't want to go that way?  Would you rather he die a long slow death from some disease?  Perhaps you'd rather see him shot or die in a car accident instead of doing something he enjoys."

The person was appalled I'd even say that, but I'm fairly sincere about it.  Unless you are a close friend to Sheen, why would you even care what he does with his life?  Does Two and a Half Men mean that much to you?  If so, you may want to re-evaluate your life.  Are you afraid he won't be around for a Hot Shots! Part Deux reunion at some convention?  If that's the case, you may want to find something else to be concerned about, like weeds in your yard or something.

It's not like Sheen has contributed in some wonderful way to our culture.  He's on a CBS sitcom.  That's what?   A step above a PBS show?  And yet far too many people are way too concerned about his sex life, drug intake and rants on radio shows.  California is heading for a total shutdown which will fuck up the rest of the country.  Billionaires backing politicians have openly declared class war in Wisconsin.  And you are worried about CharlieNavy SEALs Sheen.  You know who has every right to be concerned?  Martin Sheen.  If you didn't play the President of the United States on NBC, your concern rings kind of false.

Charlie Sheen comes across as the braggart who, once you get him in a private setting one-on-one, will ask to borrow a few bucks off you with the promise he'll pay you back tomorrow.  He then asks you not to tell anyone, and you know the whole time you won't get the money back.  He's not a great actor.  He's not even mildly amusing.  But give the guy a break.  If he wants to make his life a trainwreck, at least let him go out in the crash.  Hey, it's not like he has kids with him to keep him occupied.  He's got to do something.  Why not porn stars and crack?  He may never see his kids again.  He may even die.  At least we won't have to worry about a sequel to Terminal Velocity.


Nikki said...

Blogger ate my last comment, let's see if this works. I personally could not care less about Charlie Sheen. I think he's a trainwreck, and not a very entertaining one at that. Sure it's sad when people wreck themselves, but I don't know the guy, so I don't get all teary-eyed at the prospect of him killing himself with drugs.

I think it's creepy when people care too much about celebrities. Remember all the little girls and boys throwing themselves on the ground in fits of despair when Curt Cobain blew his head off? It was insane, and downright tacky and disrespectful to the people who were truly mourning his death. I remember those fans standing outside, hugging each other and waiting for Courtney Love to come console THEM! Her husband and father of her child just died, but she was supposed to make an appearance and, what? Tell everyone Curt loved them or something?

Sure I'm momentarily sad when an actor I like drops dead. It's sad to think they'll never grace my TV again. But I don't cry about it or drop everything to rush to a vigil with other boo-hooing fans. That's creepy! When it comes to the destruction or death of famous people that I don't know, I can't muster up more than a "gee, that's too bad." Maybe that makes me cold, but I have real-life friends who are going through one form of hell or another, and I'd rather devote my energy to positive thoughts (and action when possible) for them.

-Doug Brunell "America's Favorite Son" said...

I don't think it's creepy or cold not to care. You don't know these people. Why should you care? And in the case of someone like Sheen -- he's not even that talented. It's not like the world is losing a true visionary. He's a luckier Jan Michael Vincent. If people knew him, I could understand it more. But most of these people lamenting about his upcoming fate have never met the guy and most likely haven't seen all his movies and TV shows. They are just latching on to a "news story" and running with it when there are far more important things to worry about.

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