Charlie and the derangement factory

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Perhaps the best to hope for now is that actor Charlie Sheen is perpetrating an elaborate, unfunny joke. After years of clashing with alleged substance abuse and spousal abuse, he has spent the past several days in public interviews lashing out at -- well, whatever personal demon makes an illusory leap into his view.

Predominantly it's Chuck Lorre, the TV executive who decided Sheen's reported cavorting with porn stars and binges on illegal drugs make the actor too unpredictable to reliably continue production of the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men .

Sheen's remaining fans don't want to think he actually believes the unhinged epigrams he has been spewing lately in interviews -- like this:

"I am on a drug, it's called Charlie Sheen . It's not available, because if you try it once, you'll die, your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. Too much?"

Yes. Way too much.

Sheen has become Hollywood's Moammar Gadhafi. Don't just take our word for it. It's a conclusion many people have arrived at independently over the past week. He's irrational. Bombastic. Garrulous. He lacks, as one psychologist put it, "emotional sobriety."And the national media have been far too compliant in allowing the public a window to witness Sheen's sad self-destruction.

He seems intent on burning every personal and professional bridge connecting him to reality. About the only celebrities to publicly offer Sheen any encouragement or friendly words throughout this ordeal have been two other poster boys for disturbing, erratic behavior -- Sean Penn and Mel Gibson. Does that sound encouraging?

A high-pressure environment, science tells us, can produce a sparkling diamond, or it can kill living things.

That's the high-pressure environment of Hollywood, too. It produced a diamond in Sheen, who has shined on film and television for years.

Now it's killing his career. With Sheen's antics helping the process, it's assisted suicide.

This is what happens far too often when a person with talent is thrust into fame and money amid a crowd of entertainment-industry enablers who never bother to tell a celebrity the word "no."

By all appearances Sheen has become one of the latest celebrities to succumb to the aspects of show business that seem to take the hardest toll on mental health.

Recall Tom Cruise's odd, manic jumping on Oprah Winfrey's couch and his excoriation of psychiatry. Or a mood-swinging Britney Spears shaving her head. Or Lindsay Lohan's seemingly deliberate sabotage of her career through alcohol and drugs. It makes Christina Aguilera's Tuesday arrest for public drunkenness seem depressingly quaint.

But celebrity is an abnormal state. It easily can rip a person away from the very things that keep us non-celebrities grounded and focused, such as a solid family life and the building of healthy relationships. Sheen's life -- his third divorce is pending, and he has two morally sketchy live-in girlfriends -- scarcely suggests healthy stability.

Sheen's outrageous behavior should be loathed. His rudderless life should be pitied.

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Riverman1 03/04/11 - 02:33 am
One thing his open drug use

One thing his open drug use does is represent the total fallacy that law enforcement can prevent illegal drug use. Let's hope his loving dad and family can work with him and get him straight. He has lots of support from them. His glazed over eyes were like those of a dead man while his words came from an emaciated corpse.

usapatriot 03/04/11 - 03:42 am
Perhaps if this guy wasn't

Perhaps if this guy wasn't feted and fawned over by media, maybe he'd go away and we'd never miss him.

DuhJudge 03/04/11 - 07:59 am
He is an actor. And he knows

He is an actor. And he knows how to act well. He is always in character. The only thing wrong with Charlie is the audience does not stick around for the credits. Wow. That sounds like something he would say. He is cool.

dgaddis 03/04/11 - 09:52 am
He does occasionally drop

He does occasionally drop some philosophical gems tho, like this one:

"Can't is the cancer of happen"

Think about it....

Chillen 03/04/11 - 09:58 am
I understand why this

I understand why this editorial was written but it is simply giving scum like Sheen more press time.

People like him and the sheeple who follow the celebritard lifestyle are a huge part of our problems in America. They worship celebrities/sport figures because of their power & wealth but attack hard working business people who achive the same power & wealth.

The movie Idiocracy is coming true more & more each day. If you haven't seen it you should check it out. It is our future.

burninater 03/04/11 - 11:12 am
Ah, the Sheen envy continues

Ah, the Sheen envy continues ...


Hiroshima and Nagasaki were brought to us by "emotional sobriety". I'll take a thousand Charlie Sheens any day over the calm rationality of a single bureaucrat that can decide that the death of two hundred thousand civilians is justifiable for any reason.

I keep holding out hope for the day that people look at real sources of suffering in the world, rather than holding up a single excessive celebrity as a symbol of depravity.

Taylor B
Taylor B 03/04/11 - 06:02 pm
I heard he turned down an

I heard he turned down an interview with dateline, because they didnt have "dates" or "lines." Cant believe everything you hear, though...

seenitB4 03/05/11 - 10:24 am
Yikes....If you find HIM

Yikes....If you find HIM entertaining something baaaaad is wrong with the USA.

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