Celebrity Train Wreck


Over the years I have watched our culture go from one that had great admiration for education and the opinions of those who were intellectually gifted to one that seems hell-bent on showcasing nut bags whose incessant dysfunction becomes fodder for the media. This past week was a case in point. Charlie Sheen became the darling of daily talk shows who allowed his ranting, so they could up their ratings. The question is WHY?

I could understand if it had been a movie star of great merit like Colin Firth or Clint Eastwood, or a politician like Hilary Clinton or President Obama. But I’m sure they would have been medicated and taken someplace for treatment before they had the opportunity to fill the airwaves with dribble. What has Sheen done of any merit? Maybe living with two porn stars will help his children feel he’s a great dad? I’ve never watched Two and a Half Men, but from what I gather from the media, it replicates much of who Sheen is in real life.

If that’s the case then we’re in trouble. Sheens’ rants have spawned several fan sites, and product lines that have gear for sale that have Sheen quotes emblazoned on them. A few choice sayings include “Duh! Winning, “ Team Sheen” and “ Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body”. Wow now there’s something I want to go around advertising. Why not just buy a t-shirt and have “I am an idiot” printed on the front and back. Are we so pathetically bored and devoid of any ability to entertain ourselves that this kind of garbage is how we amuse ourselves?

Fans of “Sheen-isms” say he’s doing something plenty of people wish they could: say whatever he wants.  There is even talk of a Charlie Sheen store. Yes we all have things we’d like to say and do that we hopefully learn to recognize as inappropriate if we are to live in a civilized society, but this is no longer viewed as a valued skill. The nuttier you are the more visibility you have. Today you have a greater chance of getting media attention if you act idiotic, go into rehab, have parents who take advantage of you, have an eating disorder or  live in a cult. We aren’t we embarrassed or appalled at what’s happening instead of being amused or trying to catch the wave of insanity through products or web-sites? The good news is that Sheen’s popularity will soon wane, the bad news is that we all know by now that another cretin is ready to take his place.

 

About lorettalaroche

An international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, 'Get a Life'.
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5 Responses to Celebrity Train Wreck

  1. annette143 says:

    why is it popular to watch people fall below the minimum standard for acceptable behavior?
    I watched Paris and Nicole .. I even watched Anna Nicole’s show on !E .. because it was such a shock x_x
    I am often shocked and disappointed at what was being filmed for ‘entertainment’ and that includes movies.
    question to anyone?} who is your hero today?

  2. Ted Casher says:

    Hey, Loretta! Charlie’s ranting is due to drug-fueled disappointment, resulting from his buying into the Concept of Comparative Failure. This was codified in Robert R. Faulkner’s book, “Hollywood Studio Musicians.” This book is an interesting read.

    Rather than being offered roles which showcase his ability as a serious actor, Charlie is typecast as the perpetual clown, because he is extremely bankable in that context. Constant anger results in the subject acting out personal resentment in many ways. Sex, drugs, and tantrums are available to those who have the financial means to indulge in them.

    I never did, but, in my heart of hearts, when I grow up, I want to behave just like Charlie Sheen! I am now too old and grandfatherly to do so.

  3. kadja1 says:

    You are soooooo right about this! This guy really needs to GET A LIFE, Loretta! 😀 Thank you!

  4. annette143 says:

    Lol! when I saw him I turned the channel!
    I don’t watch garbage, I watch Loretta’s video, “How Serious Is This?”
    When the t.v. turns to stuff that has no relevance ya better look around for what real news you are about to miss …

  5. Jo McGuirk says:

    It is so sad that these dysfunctional characters continue to be magnets for media attention, and you were so right when you said,”another cretin is ready to take his place”. I suppose there is always another fool waiting for their 5 minutes.

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