Monday, March 07, 2011

Charlie Sheen has been fired

Latest news from Hollywood is that the Warner Brothers studio has terminated Charlie Sheen's contract for his hit show, Two and a Half Men.

Pause. There, the world continues to spin. Goodness.

I discussed this on CFRB yesterday (disclosure: I chat about the week's biggest tech stories on Sunday afternoons with host John Downs) and my take then was the same as it is now: Everyone loves a train wreck, and as much as they claim to disavow celebrity "culture", they'll all rubberneck when they cruise on past the crash scene. I'm willing to bet you do it, too. All humans seek the outliers, after all.

Now, can we all please go back to living our own lives? The sooner we move on from feeding Mr. Sheen's enormous need for attention, the sooner he can get on with the process of seeking the help he so clearly needs.

Your turn: I think this cult of fame thing really needs a reboot. Where do we start?

9 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

It should start with the fact that celebs are just regular people who are in the limelight... They are not special only in the fact that they are exposed to the world... I took care of a lot of celebrity accounts/loans... I saw the good side and bad side... THEY ARE NOT ALL THAT. When the public starts realizing that, that is when our attention will not be held to celebs.. BTW, I had not a clue that he was fired.. I live in Ca, where the news should be all over tv and its NOT..LOL.. Bottom line, he's an addict just like any other addict... He uses his celebrity to the point where he's obnoxious.

Mama Zen said...

You're totally right; it's a train wreck and we all want to look. But, come on! How much, really, is there to see?

Leo said...

I was disgusted and appalled that the producers from the talk shows he's been on allowed him on their show. Yes, of course he asked them to be on the show... but he's obviously mentally ill, and they should have the dignity and moral character to admit this to themselves, and say 'no, he needs professional help, and though our ratings would sky rocket if we let him on the show, why exactly are we doing it when we know he's not stable? Are we not the sane ones in this current situation who need to make a logical/moral judgement call ? We’re intelligent enough to realize he’s going to make a mockery of himself, and the world is going to follow suit, and nobody, including ourselves or our viewers are actually going to get to the bottom of Charlie Sheen and what he’s been through and what he currently needs from an interview with us. So, why not take a higher road and decline his request to be on our show?' Instead, they've exploited him and taken advantage of his illness and the obnoxious personality derived from it. It may be his actions led him to the 'madness' he's currently experiencing, but that's for a professional to decided, not the rest of us who do not actually have a clue as to what's driving his current condition. My goodness is right.

kcinnova said...

I personally appreciate that comedian Craig Ferguson refused to keep making jokes about Britney Spears when it became apparent how bad off she really had become; he did the same with Charlie Sheen. As an addict in recovery himself, he wished them wellness but made their foibles off-limits. Now if everyone would refuse to purchase the magazines detailing the train wrecks, perhaps the machine would slow down. (I doubt it will ever grind to a halt. People are naturally curious.)

Atlanta Roofing said...

It’s about time to get rid of the loser, Charlie Sheen. Now it’s time for the media to ignore him. It’s a waste of time to give him the attention that he is striving for. Who really cares about what that idiot is doing with his life?

Ankita (Gg) said...

He's worse than his TV character. I think sharing the first name with his character is doing him no good.

fredamans said...

As much as I love Two and a Half Men, Charlie and his antics got exactly what he deserved. He needs to get his crap together, go to rehab, and get with the program. He has become unlikable, unwatchable, and undesirable.

Seerina said...

His off the wall quotes on all those TV appearances were kinda entertaining for a little bit, but then he got on Twitter and basically just regurgitated all that same stuff over and over. His act got old quick.

G. Harrison said...

Is it time to switch back to a less distracting medium? I have eight old working radios (four filled w tubes) in my basement. I will plug one in, give a listen, and get back w my conclusions.