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Wow, I Can’t Believe It, Charlie Sheen Is A Normal Guy

Actor. Role model. Actor. Role Model. You can even throw athlete in there too. It’s simple enough to understand. Just because someone is famous, it does not make them a role model. I’ve written about this topic before in regards to athletes but Charlie Sheen has changed the discussion. Over the past few weeks, thousands of people have been glued to their monitors (usually computer monitors) following the drama between him, his producers, his ex wife and his friends. The real question for me is, why is this so abnormal.

Take a moment and put yourself directly in his shoes. You’re a middle aged man, with a playboy personality. You make roughly $2 million per episode on one of televisions hottest comedies. Now we ask, would you behave any differently? If your answer is yes, you are not being honest. The point is, Charlie isn’t breaking laws. He isn’t driving around intoxicated or dangling his children outside of windows. Instead, he is living the life, flaunting his money, having sexual relationships with two women at the same time and doing what any other normal man would do in said position.

Now let’s rewind. Look at any number of television shows airing right now. From Entourage to Glee, television portrays many of its leading characters living lives that resemble the way Scheen has lived during the winter months of 2011. Characters in shows are often well off when it comes to money, have members of the opposite sex at their disposal and do what they want when they want. If this is the life someone is able to lead in a fictional show, why can’t they do the same in real life? The answer is they can and Sheen has helped prove that.

Each day of the saga, we see less and less of a difference between Sheen and his Two and a Half Men character Charlie Harper. The real question is why this matters so much in the pop culture world? Unlike other celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan and Kobe Bryant, Sheen isn’t in trouble with the law. In that light, Sheen’s over one million followers on Twitter aren’t concerned with the stars issues. They aren’t worried about whether he will return to the screen. Instead, all we care about is what is going to happen next. Sheen is a living, breathing self made reality show and is growing a brand around himself in the exact same way Conan O’Brien did following his split from NBC.

Moving forward, it seems doubtful at this point that Sheen will return to television as Charlie Harper as long as Warner Brothers and CBS are involved. It seems puzzling that the leading network would pull one of its top rated comedies as we approach the end of the 2011 season. With so many other networds struggling, it would seem beneficial for another to step in and capitalize on the Two and a Half Men market if the show is missing from the fall lineup. Sheen is creating great entertainment. He has millions of viewers and is beginning to capitalize on revenue. Unfortunately for CBS, they aren’t seeing any of it. The joke seems to be on them.

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  • Comment by Edmund posted March 08, 2011 at 14:03

    Harris, I have to take issue with some facts here.

    1. “Charlie isn’t breaking laws.”

    WHAT? He abuses women, and drugs, and gets drunk in public, and so on.

    http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/now-charlie-sheen-is-insane-and-unemployed/

    2. “You make roughly $2 million per episode on one of televisions hottest comedies. Now we ask, would you behave any differently?”

    If you think your readers are a bunch of coke-addicted sex-addicted self-centered douchebags, then, just, wow.

    Finally: I agree that actors shouldn’t be considered perfect; humans are humans and we make mistakes. But, get the facts straight first, dude.

  • Comment by hdey posted March 08, 2011 at 14:10

    Despite his erratic and sometimes explosive personal behavior, Charlie Sheen showed up for work. For that one reason I think he’ll emerge from his current situation relatively intact. All of the recent publicity paired with a history of on the job reliability will make him very attractive to some employers.

    Oh no, Harris, did I just agree with you? Sort of?

  • Comment by katy posted March 08, 2011 at 15:32

    Seriously?

    “The point is, Charlie isn’t breaking laws.”

    YES HE IS! Last time I checked, neither soliciting prostitution nor cocaine use (or posession) were legal.

    “You make roughly $2 million per episode on one of televisions hottest comedies. Now we ask, would you behave any differently?””

    If we use this logic, wouldn’t every television star behave in the same ridiculous manner?

    “From Entourage to Glee, television portrays many of its leading characters living lives that resemble the way Scheen has lived during the winter months of 2011. Characters in shows are often well off when it comes to money, have members of the opposite sex at their disposal and do what they want when they want. If this is the life someone is able to lead in a fictional show, why can’t they do the same in real life?”

    Because it is FICTION. You answered your own question. Television is a fantasy…do you really think lovelorn high school students walk through the halls of their schools singing Katy Perry songs? Thought so. If that behavior isn’t socially acceptable, then why do you think Charlie Sheen’s manical actions are?

    “In that light, Sheen’s over one million followers on Twitter aren’t concerned with the stars issues.”

    So you agree that he has issues? Diagnosable problems that need to be addressed by a medical professional? If that is the case, why do you think he is just another guy? Majority of people don’t go around raging about winning, tiger blood, and Adonis DNA. He’s not normal. He had a psychotic break and needs therapy.

    Also, the reason that he was fired from Two and a Half Men was because (in addition to his drug abuse) he was an anti-Semitic douchebag to Chuck Lorre. You can’t be an ass to the boss without some kind of fallout.

    Charlie Sheen isn’t normal. He’s a drug-addicted famewhore who will fade away once people get sick of hearing about tiger blood. Which, please god, I hope is sooner rather than later. If someone you personally knew started acting like Sheen, I’m sure you wouldn’t brush off his behavior as normal.

    Also, WTF is a playboy personality? Just say what you mean: He’s a slut.

  • Comment by Edmund posted March 08, 2011 at 16:16

    Katy,

    We are in agreement. He IS a slut.

    BUT I’d say it’s sad that he got fired for being anti-Semitic, and not for being an abusive drug addict who needs mental care.

  • Comment by Harris posted March 08, 2011 at 17:33

    Katy’s comment is simply too long to respond to in full. I will take a crack at one line.

    ““You make roughly $2 million per episode on one of televisions hottest comedies. Now we ask, would you behave any differently?””

    If we use this logic, wouldn’t every television star behave in the same ridiculous manner?”

    My belief is that every television star wants to act in this manner on some level. It’s their inability to follow through that separates them from Sheen. In a world where all things are equal, star power plus money should equate to Charlie Sheen’s current state. So I answer your question, every television star should behave in the same ridiculous manner but don’t because it goes against what society wants them to do.

  • Comment by katy posted March 08, 2011 at 17:58

    Really? Everyone wants to be a coke whore? REALLY?

    You realize that by saying “every television star should behave in the same ridiculous manner” you are wholeheartedly condoning this type of behavior, right?

    Also, using your intial logic in the article, you are essentially saying that not only television stars, but anyone with access to money, desires to be a drug-addicted psychopath who cheats on their spouse, abandons their children, and doesn’t give a fuck about their job. That’s a great picture of the human race you’re painting for us.

    Also, you are delusional if you honestly think we live in a world where all things are equal.

  • Comment by Edmund posted March 08, 2011 at 18:53

    Harris.

    “star power plus money should equate to Charlie Sheen’s current state.”

    Wow. So what about, say, Bill Gates or Oprah, who give tons of money away all the time? And don’t abuse porn stars or do coke?