Remind Me Why We’re Okay With Charlie Sheen Being Famous

So news broke this morning that FX picked a June 28th premiere date for Charlie Sheen’s new show, Anger Management. While I’m not thrilled that Charlie Sheen’s back on our TV screens, I thought that maybe he deserved a second chance. Then I saw his Fiat “house arrest” commercial that was “too hot” for the Super Bowl and remembered that Charlie Sheen’s had several second chances throughout his career and has yet to take actual responsibilty for anything he’s done. His life’s one big joke and he’s happy to laugh along. After all, laughing is a lot easier than apologizing.

For the same reasons I hold Chris Brown responsible for being a bad role model for his legions of fans, I also hold Charlie Sheen responisble. While no one aspires to be famous in hopes of becoming a role model held to higher standards than the rest of society, it’s undeniable that it’s part of the job. In exchange for fame and money comes responsibility. A calling to raise up above criminal behavior and be a positive role model for fans. When you consider how many doors being famous opens, it seems like a small price to pay.

While Charlie Sheen’s early career was full of small mishaps and questionable situations, such as sleeping with hookers and accidentally shooting his fiance Kelly Preston in the arm, it wasn’t until 2010 that everything began to spiral out of control. The more money Charlie made on Two and a Half Men, the more drugs he seemed to do and the less he seemed to care about the show. Reports frequently came out that he prevented filming for various irresponsible reasons. Yet, he still got paid more than any other television actor and Two and a Half Men was still the highest-rated TV show.

Finally in 2011, the show fired him — setting him off on a manic press tour and later, an actual “Torpedo of Truth” tour. Suddenly his cocaine use looked like the least of his problems and we were actually starring head on at someone in the throes of a Bipolar breakdown. Winning and Tiger Blood went from being funny sayings to some kind of vague mental illness confession. The public, finally uncomfortable, turned away from the self-destructive disaster that was Charlie Sheen.

Without the public to egg him on, he went away for awhile. Then he resurfaced recently to announce his new television show. He appeared healthy and coherent and like I said, I was ready to forgive him. Especially since no one else really said anything negative about his return. For all the critiques written about him last summer, everyone remained pretty quiet about him being allowed to star on a new show.

But then I saw the commercial below which shows me he felt no remorse for anything that’s happened. His life, his notoriety is a giant joke to him. The commercial, which pokes fun at all the trouble got into last year, makes a joke of what happened. House arrest is totally awesome!

Except to anyone who actually cares about him. I doubt they found his breakdown last year all that funny. I doubt his children will look back and laugh at all the great memories of custody battles, drug abuse, and rehab stints.

So let’s stop supporting actors who don’t set good examples. Let’s start support actors who are worthy of our support, admiration and our money. Otherwise, what message are we sending to Hollywood?

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    • Corissia

      He’s famous because his family is, just like Suri Cruise. Unfortunately americans will always pay attention. Now he’s infamous for his actions and he knows that if he behaves people won’t care as much.

      • Corissia

        Forgot to say, he doesn’t deserve the fame. I never got why he was treated so well, why people felt more comfortable ignoring what a jerk he tends to be.

      • Reality check

        He is above all famous for his talent twit !
        Most of you so called ‘perfect clean’ actors never did movies like Platoon or Wall street.

      • Corissia

        First of all, most doesn’t mean all hun, so I’d rather show my support behind the few I feel have earned my respect.
        Second, he was definitely famous for being Martin Sheen’s son first, talent came after. Used to be talented doesn’t count. Take Lindsay Lohan for example, both squandered their gift, but at least Lindsay’s never shot or attempted to stab anyone.
        I’d like to see some of his so called talent, but for at least the last decade, he’s only played himself… That’s not hard and doesn’t take talent.
        If he’d release a statement or something saying “Wow, last year was bad. I have some demons I’m dealing with, but I don’t want anyone to think things are all fun and games. I’m sorry for any damage my actions caused and for the anguish I’ve publicly put my family, especially my children through.” He’s a father, it’s not about his “Bad boy” persona, it’s not about even his ability to be a role model to strangers he’s never met. He owes his kids a little remorse, a little humility, it wouldn’t hurt him to do so. It would even gain him some respect from people like me, who aren’t fans.
        Third, “Twit”. Really? I don’t know you and this was in no way personal, you don’t need to make it so. He knows conversations like this are going on and he doesn’t need you throwing around insults in defense of him. There’s no need to get all upset over someone you don’t know disliking another someone you don’t know. Also, alias’ are a sign of cowardice in this situation. Calling someone a name and then hiding behind a false one, way to hold yourself accountable for childish behavior.

    • MJ1980


      I feel the same way! If he were a good actor I can see the justification for his pay checks, but he plays the same character all the time and Two and a Half Men was(and is) terrible!

      • Fiona

        He is a good actor, me thinks you don’t know movies very well…

    • Billh

      Sure, Sheen’s a self-indulgent train wreck. I think of him less often now that he’s out of the headlines, and that’s a good thing. But I think the advertising agency that produced this spot is beneath contempt. And Fiat’s marketing people must be brain-dead. What segment are they appealing to with this dreck? The drug-addled super rich? Give me a f**king break!

      • the truth

        NO; the smart people who enjoy fun artists and don’t take celeb so seriously..well smart people..not sure you can get have to be smart actually..

      • Cori

        Yeah, smart like “the truth”. Who is obviously to smart for grammar or being above insulting people who did nothing to him/her personally. Also brilliantly using singular terms instead of plural, like us dummies would have done.

      • the truth

        what a silly way to respond Cori..english is not my native language so yeah i make grammar faults, doesn’t mean i have a brain..silly silly Cori..

      • Cori

        @ the truth.
        I apologize then. Since we are on an English speaking site, I assumed. Most likely a safe assumption normally, but either way. I withdraw my criticism of your grammar. Sorry again.

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    • Adam

      You guys are bunch of jealous wits!
      Charlie rocks!
      Awesome add Fiat. Can’t wait to get my hands on the Abarth.
      Bring it on!

      • Cori

        Yeah, I’ve always wanted a crippling drug addiction and my family life in shambles. Sorry, but not even a little envious, the baggage he’s got makes the rest not worth it to me. I feel bad for him, he needs to ground himself in reality for a while, so he can conquer his demons without the world watching.

    • Lucy

      Charlie Sheen is awesome and a very talented actor by his own haters !
      Like many others i can’t wait to watch his new projects.
      And it is time to get that actors, artists, entertainers are not role-models !

    • Emma

      We get it Corissia you don’t like Charlie Sheen (someone you don’t know what’s so ever by the way just the ‘image’ medias would portray to you) and you blame a poster for criticize you whereas he/her doesn’t know you while you do the same with about hypocrisy..
      That being said you are entitled to your opinion (although based on medias sensationalism coverage but whatever..) but also accept that people have another opinion, love Sheen the artist and don’t judge his personal life.

      • Corissia

        I blame a “poster” because s/he called me a twit. So yeah, then I responded. They made it about me & them.

        I also, I get your point, but we all make assumptions about a person (when we’re talking about celebs) when we don’t know them. I agree we’re both entitled to our opinions, although yours is based on speculation just like mine (Although I don’t know if court filings count as speculation). You chose one side, I chose the other, but if I see integrity on his part I’d be willing to rethink. I’d like to like him, I always hope they’ll turn in around and do something I can respect. Until that happens…

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    • Katie

      Funny you should mention Chris Brown and still not mention that on Christmas morning 2009 he was arrested for holding a knife to his wife’s throat and threatening to kill her. If we shouldn’t forgive Chris Brown (which we shouldn’t), we absolutely shouldn’t forgive Charlie Sheen.