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?