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Mar 03, 2011, 10:10AM

Hollywood Hypocrisy

Whatever Charlie Sheen wants to drink, snort or inject is his own business.

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Terry Guy

I hate Two and a Half Men and hope recent events have put that garbage under ground. I want to talk about Charlie Sheen. Yeah, I know: Libya is immersed in civil war, gas is expensive, and America’s financial system remains alarmingly unstable, but I think tabloid stories like this serve a purpose, perhaps mostly as a cautionary tale in career suicide and fame. But I won’t rag on Charlie Sheen at all; in fact I feel like he needs some more people in his corner. The most upsetting and infuriating part of this series of episodes isn’t Sheen’s coke habits or his leviathan ego, but the infantilizing and hypocritical tone the media and everyone else has taken.

You may say Sheen’s costing hundreds of crewmembers money, potentially sinking a very successful if tepid sitcom franchise. But CBS didn’t have to cancel the rest of this season, and perhaps, due to the circumstances, those could’ve been the highest rated episodes of Two and a Half Men ever. Sheen probably shouldn’t have bit the hand that feeds him by ripping Chuck Lorre/Chaim Levine a new asshole, but to me that’s just great entertainment. Sheen is doing something rare right now: he’s being honest. Brutally honest, and Hollywood’s legion of sycophants, brown-nosers, and staid businessmen are apoplectic because he’s flaunting what everyone else in his industry engages in behind closed doors. Like those CBS execs aren’t doing lines in the bathroom? Please.

This shouldn’t be an issue. I mean, who cares if Charlie Sheen drinks his weight in Ketel One as long as he shows up for work? Naturally, everyone says CBS had no choice, he was too much of a liability, he was damaging the show’s credibility. The fact is the extracurricular activities of artists and celebrities shouldn’t matter as long as it doesn’t affect their work or anyone else’s. The media and Hollywood itself proclaim from their high horses that Sheen’s behavior and substance consumption are deplorable, yet most of their ranks have undoubtedly engaged in the same activities, maybe to the same extent. Sheen is a 45-year-old adult who doesn’t need Dr. Drew or some other slick TV PhD telling him his moral compass is skewed. I stand alongside Sheen in giving those opportunists a big fat middle finger, and encourage them to fuck off. The man is not a child and as far as I’m concerned can funnel money up his nose all he wants.

Whether or not Sheen is fit to raise his young kids is another story, and he probably shouldn’t have custody, especially considering that he lives like Caligula with a former model and a porn star ensnared in his orbit: Natalie Kenly, and Bree Olson, a porn star whose Twitter is one of the site’s best. Some gems: “I was doing a little Bible reading today […], and I found some parts I actually agree with and enjoyed. Anti-feminist<3” “What's more painful than anal sex? Not getting to have any anal sex. Would someone come fuck me in the ass please?” “This guy pissed in my mouth in the shower then I sucked his cock and licked his ass while he watched porn. It ended with a load in my pussy” “A woman needs love, a man needs respect. It's that easy.” Seems like Bree and Charlie would work pretty well together, and who am I, or anyone else, to judge them? Hollywood is aghast because he’s holding a mirror up to their own culture, and the self-indulgent behavior they also participate in.

  • Couldn't agree more Nicky. CBS screwed the pooch on this one. Their ratings were helped, not hurt, by Charlie's antics. As long as he showed up and did his job, who gives a crap. On the other hand, I'm surprised you agree that his kids should be taken away. Not once, have I heard any facts to suggest that his kids were mistreated or harmed by his antics. If they were, I'm all for protecting the children, but so far, I've only heard commentators/T.V. shrinks who have not met with Charley, suggest that he is an unfit parent. Until evidence emerges, I don't see how his drug addled mother is any better suited to raise the children.

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  • But he didn't show up for work consistently. He repeatedly said that he missed "practice"... isn't rehearsal an essential part of work for all of the actors involved?

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  • Woah, woah... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DeJHlyU7pk

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