Exploiting Charlie

When I arrived in Detroit to intern at the Free Press many years ago, I saw a local character dressed in a bright yellow rain slicker, no matter the weather, theatrically directing traffic in front of the Cadillac hotel. He was there every day. My troop of interns suggested to our editors that he’d be a story. Apparently every group of interns had the same idea. And the editor sternly admonished us that we shouldn’t exploit the man’s insanity. Nuts aren’t news.

I wish that same editor would give the same lecture to Piers Morgan at CNN and the news departments at NBC and ABC regarding Charlie Sheen.

Far be it from me to diagnose Sheen from afar, but I agree with Howard Stern yesterday when, after playing Sheen’s clips, he said the guy sure sounds bipolar. Yes, Sheen is acting very much like the manic people I have known. Time asks whether he’s bipolar. Whatever. He’s clearly not acting sane.

So why are they interviewing him? Not because they expect him to say smart things that give insight. Neither are they trying to give a picture of mental illness, for they give no context. On Piers Morgan’s nightly exhibition of ratings neediness, the star dismissed doctors’ mentions of bipolar disease and then Morgan stepped up to give him a clean bill of mental health, telling Sheen he is “alarmingly normal.” I think in the field they call that enabling.

What Sheen does may be news. What his network didn’t do is also news — when he abused women, they kept him on the air to keep the ratings he gets. What his network did do is news — they yanked him only after he issued a manic rant against his producer.

But is what Sheen says in his haze of insanity or drugs newsworthy? I don’t think so. I think it’s exploitation. They want him to act nutty. Ratings, man, ratings.

After the horrid Arizona shooting, the gunman’s lunatic rants online came to light. This is now part of the news cycle: madman commits horrid crime; search internet; find madman’s words; make on-screen graphics of them; read them over and over out loud. For a while, news people read this madman’s words as if there was something to be heard in them. But they were so looney even the news people had to say so. Context.

One way or another, by one definition and diagnosis or another, Charlie Sheen is a sick man. He doesn’t need airtime. He needs couchtime. News people are ill-serving him and the issue of mental illness in this country by putting him on the air as if he were just another source, another celebrity. They are not informing the public. They are exploiting Charlie.

  • Steve B

    Jeff — As someone who dove deeply in to the abyss in college and sobered up at 23 years old (I’m 55 now), experienced innumerable people delusional in their early sobriety as I worked as a lay treatment facilitator a couple of years after gaining my own sobriety, I can state unequivocally that Sheen needs to do one thing and one thing only: work on his sobriety.

    Humility will come if he stays sober. So will his choice of non-porn star girlfriends as influences on his twin son’s lives. He’ll see the error of his ways in due time…if he doesn’t kill himself with drugs and alcohol first with a relapse. If he stays clean, we’ll all see the big news story a couple of years out about how Charlie Sheen has become “normal” again and turned his life around.

    Like you, I abhor the news cycle focus on a train wreck like Sheen is now. The kicker? Watching him on the Today show and again this morning has provided me with new insight in to just how sick and delusional the guy is, but I’m *stunned* that they haven’t balanced the reporting with interviews with actual treatment experts and people who deal with delusional shit like Sheen is spewing now.

    In my view, putting him on is the right thing since so many people watch his show and need to know what’s going on and why CBS made the decision they did to yank it…but NOT presenting his ranting while providing deeper insight is the actual failing by news people.

  • http://kaelri.com Kaelri

    This has been on my mind since yesterday. I’m usually pretty bad at reading people – I’m not good at judging emotions from afar, or decoding cryptic words and actions. I also happen to think that most mental illnesses are badly overdiagnosed (or at least wrongly diagnosed in too many people).

    But a friend of mine suffers from bona fide bipolar disorder, and I’ve spent enough time with her that I can spot the warning signs a mile away. Whereas at first, I had found Sheen’s stunning, over-the-top arrogance to be quite entertaining, I immediately started feeling uncomfortable once I realized what I was watching. That discomfort was then followed by frustration with the fact that not one of the revolving door of interviewers, coming to his house and listening to his “relapse is for normal people” spiel, seemed to recognize what was happening right in front of them.

    Sheen also mentioned that his “friends” had been by to offer their support and encouragement. If he’s talking about the same kind of support that he got from Piers Morgan, I hope to hell he’s lying. The guy needs an intervention.

  • EB

    I’m sorry to say I watched some of the TMZ interview. The man has a brilliant mind, he’s still able to still string words together as if they did make some sense. I hope his brain hasn’t been damaged though. After all, so many “stars” do make a comeback after getting cleaned up. But they have to want to do that. Rock bottom (not the fishing term) is a real far away place when someone can buy mansions for their porn star pals next door, so it may take awhile for him to decide to get sober (drug free). And if AA isn’t for him, I am sure there are other treatments that will work too. Hope he gets to one, sooner rather than later.

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  • Christo

    Who is Charlie Sheen? I live in Twickenham, UK, and I’m glad to say that this story hasn’t reached us. A link to a summary of the Story So Far would’ve been helpful.

    Please remember that this blog is read all round the world, often by people who have their own lives to lead and don’t pay attention to silly stories about American celebrities.

    • http://inkthink.org Daniel Bentley

      Are you asking Jeff to apologise for your ignorance?

      signed – Someone from a far more deprived area of the UK who manages to get Charlie Sheen movies and TV shows

    • jen
      • http://cheyannescampsite.blogspot.com Cheyanne

        @Christo…you sir are the smartest kid in class today because you have pointed out to us, That’s the U.S. for people who actually live here, that there are people from around the globe reading what Jeff Jarvis has to say. We, the people who live here in the United States, are sometimes unaware of the fact that “the rest of the world” actually exists, let alone think that nobody even heard the name Charlie Sheen, adn quite frankly they could care less.

        …and Daniel just because you think you’re so much brighter smarter and faster than Christo for knowing who somebody from our country is because you keep up with the people who make spectacles of themselves in our country, does not make Christo ignorant or stoopid. I bet Christo knows who our Vice President is which is more than I can say for the 2/3 of Americans who can’t even find their own country on a worldwide map.

    • http://almost60really.com Paula Lee Bright

      Since it’s clearly not in your interest zone, I’m curious about why you bothered to post?

      Jeff does live in America, and he hears and sees this going on.

      Does it harm you in some way that he chose to write about it?

  • http://www.ashleyit.com/blogs/brentashley Brent Ashley

    “He doesn’t need airtime. He needs couchtime.”

    Charlie Sheen needs some being ignored time. Whatever mental or neurochemical issues that do or do not need to be addressed would be completely untreatable if the circus around him is not first dealt with.

  • Cecil

    This is a really good piece, and I happen to agree with almost all of it (tho would have felt grateful to see some nod to the dilemma CBS has been in – yes, of course they crave ratings, but they also have some responsibility to the hundreds of non-Charlie folks employed by the franchise). But here’s the problem with the pile-on nature of our news cycle: Jeff Jarvis felt compelled to weigh in on Charlie Sheen. And I just did, too. Rubbernecking may not be admirable, but it’s fundamental to our nature.

  • http://sputnik.pl Pies

    There’s a huge difference between being insane and being high. Being high is a self-inflicted, temporary state the results of which are often amusing and rarely life-threatening.

  • http://docsandtv.com Sydnye

    There is a large list of celebrities that we could all use a break from hearing about such as Lindsey Lohan and Amy Winehouse for starters. Perhaps the break would do those struggling celebs some good too. Even local news reports on the troubles of the famously troubled. It is hard to escape. I’m sorry to say that my one-stop-shop news sources are dwindling for that very reason. I know that Mubarak wasn’t very sexy but his ouster had more of an impact on my life than Charlie Sheen’s misdeeds.

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  • Steve

    Couldn’t agree more.

    Honesty and transparency may virtually always be the best default position, but not every full frontal view of a self-destructing human train wreck can be justified using the transparency defense.

    Do we have the right to see Sheen self-destruct? Of course.

    Is there any circuitous logic that can justify his public coming undone as newsworthy? Sure. He is the linchpin of a brand and a television juggernaut employing hundreds of people. A lot of incomes and jobs up are hanging on his rants.

    But relentless transparency should not be an excuse to suspend compassion, even when that means extending compassion to someone you would love to hammer.

    Sheen may have crashed into the public sphere and started babbling, but that doesn’t mean that we have to gawk and be complicit as his pathology is transformed into programming,

  • brendog

    Do you realize how ridiculous “awww poor Charlie is not responsible for what he says and does, and is being *exploited* because he is so addled from the hundreds of thousands of dollars of cocaine and booze he’s consumed” really is?

    The burlesque we call “Charlie Sheen” is not a real, individual person. It is the flaming-out culmination of our country and culture’s stupid, enabling obsession with celebrity. The “entertainment machines” are merely producing the ultimate reality show. If it weren’t in such poor taste, every channel would find its own charlie sheen, supply him with epic amounts of drugs and “charlie”, and run crazy interviews all day and night.

    He is a glorified cartoon character who has worked very hard at becoming such a disaster, and who, with the help of “epic” quantities of cocaine, has come to believe his publicist (before he quit).

    I believe he is thus truly entitled to his moment in the sun before darkness falls hard. (I suspect it will, soon.)

    And sadly, once the Charlie Sheen show is over, nobody will remember him for anything other than that he was his father’s son.

    • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

      In any case, why is he worth prime time attention?

      • http://www.pockywatch.com Gregory Harbin

        The television audience of Two and a Half Men, which was the highest rated show on TV, decided that he’s worth prime time attention.

        The guy directing traffic isn’t news because he’s just some crazy guy.

        Charlie Sheen is news because he’s Charlie Sheen.

      • J.J. Jalopy

        The “audience” you so venerate has determined him worthy.

        • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

          Touché. Or the audience I so venerate is filled with cynical, exploitive enablers even worse than media.

        • Bill McGarvey

          I highly doubt that Al is representative of the audience (I wish his screed surrounding openness and transparency extended to including his last name), but I do think we’re entering into a zone where it’s getting more difficult to make the distinctions you’re making in terms of coverage. It’s not that I don’t believe there can be standards, I’m just wondering where the common ground now is to draw those lines.

      • cm

        In a word: Entertainment.

        Media give him airtime because it will attract eyeballs. Clearly it is worth it from the media channels’ point of view.

        Even the news is no longer about informing the people. News has to compete for attention with other programming so it gets cherry picked for the best drama. News has become infotainment.

        What we end up with is a democratised definition of the worthiness of news and content. That way lies hell. A meritocracy provides superior quality in almost all fields.

  • Dave

    “Far be it from me to diagnose Sheen from afar, but I agree with Howard Stern…”

  • Brendog

    > “Charlie Sheen is news because he’s Charlie Sheen.”

    to wit:

    > “It is the flaming-out culmination of our country and culture’s stupid,
    > enabling obsession with celebrity.”

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  • steve

    Simply : Mr Sheen has lots of spare money and time. He makes adult choices; no-one’s being exploited.

    If you want to drive a horse mad, put it in a place with no fences.

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  • EB

    News flash, Charlie has over 500k followers on twitter in one day. Now all he needs is a podcast. Was the Stern interview good? I guess he doesn’t need a publicist after all.

    I’m hoping for a happy ending for this one.

  • http://mobiltbredbandguide.dk/ Jesper

    Maybe he is just faking it?

    • http://almost60really.com Paula Lee Bright

      He’s very smart. I’ve thought about that. A really big media ploy to get out of his contract with a few million extra?

      He was very different Saturday compared to all the days before. I don’t know. I don’t know.

      These days, I don’t put much past anybody. I’m so disillusioned with life in America!

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  • Ivan Hrskanovic

    Let me just say at the beginning, don’t try and pronounce my last name. Fair warning.
    Charlie Sheen is a famous person, a celebrity. He is also news. Why is that, you ask?
    Try to calculate how much money would a network have to spend, to send a reporter, a journalist, to Egypt, to report how things are working out after Mubarak has been dethroned. Or to send him to Libya, where a civil war broke out, and the rebels are trying to get rid of Gaddafi.
    Not to mention a great risk for the well-being of the reporter.
    But Charlie’s here. He is cheap. We’ll make him the news of the day. And get some ratings.
    I’m not a journalist, my only connection with the news is that I read them, and I share them. So it’s hard for me to answer my own question: when did it happen, when have the Charlie Sheens of the world become more important, more breaking-newsly than the war that a common man has started, and the common man will finish? I often get the feeling that we brought it on ourselves, we want to know more about celebrities, we want to know how better are they than us, and we are often dissapointed when we find out that they are worse in something than us (Kate Perry without makeup, Charlie Sheen in every way except money, etc.)
    This is my first comment ever on BuzzMachine, and it represents my own opinion. I would also like to apologize for any possible typo, since english is not my original language.

  • Bill McGarvey

    Jeff, I’m a fan of Buzz Machine and read it often but I’m feeling a bit of cognitive dissonance regarding your thoughts on the media exploitation of Charlie Sheen’s meltdown.

    Starting the post off with the story of your editor from the Free Press’ unwillingness to cover the story of the emotionally disturbed man directing traffic is a poignant reminder of the sort of old media ethos that reigned for so long (and that many critics would long to return to). But I’m having a hard time reconciling that insight with your general enthusiasm and support for the new paradigm of openness that the digital age has ushered in. When the filters come off–as they have been for quite some time–and we place a lot more attention on letting the audience determine what is and isn’t news it seems to me coverage like Sheen has been submitting to is the logical result.

    I’m also not sure why you wish your old editor could give “the same lecture to Piers Morgan at CNN and the news departments at NBC and ABC” and not include Howard Stern in your criticism. Like you, I’m also a big Stern fan–and listened to his Sheen interview. Why is he exempt from that lecture? Granted Howard doesn’t purport to be a news program but it seems to me those distinctions are becoming less and less relevant (The Daily Show is clearly an entertainment show that is an enormous source of information for many). I don’t have to necessarily always agree with or be interested in all of Howard’s content choices but it seems to me that Stern is a master at understanding a few of the fundamental principles of this new media landscape: Is it interesting (or can I make it interesting)? Will this get attention? I’m surprised you don’t feel the same way in this instance.

    There are lines that many of us might agree to respect in terms of what we find acceptable to report on but it seems to me those lines are far less clear than ever and they are constantly shifting. I agree that there was something sad about Sheen’s media tour but, it was the voluntary act of a very public person. I’m just not sure how someone like you who places so much trust in what is “public” and how it’s important for existing media institutions to compete in this brave new world can also be so clear about the how the news media crossed some ill-defined boundary about what constitutes exploitation.

  • Menendez

    Shame on all the networks and the people who are exploiting this unfortunate incident.

    The man needs help. All those who are making money out of this should bow their heads in shame and pay for Charlie’s rehab.

  • http://3dblogger.typepad.com/wired_state Catherine Fitzpatrick

    I think it’s good that you’ve made a moral statement about this sad case. It’s alcholism, pure and simple; maybe co-morbid with bi-polarity but that remains to be seen if he stays sober for any length of time. He won’t likely and should never be given the children again unless he has proven some really lengthy period of sobriety. Ask Eric Clapton or any other celebrity of this type.

    You’re right that the media is exploiting him and that’s a function of the public’s desire to gawk. But he is a public figure, and you can’t ascribe social missions to the media, or no longer is free, and is merely serving some social agenda of some political power grouping.

    I wouldn’t mind the media circus if the commentators would have more relevant material adjacent to this about how alcoholics are, how manipulative, how unaware of their own actions, etc.

    I don’t want the media to bow its head in shame. I want Charlie Sheen to bow his head in shame. Media coverage is part of that, when it is not restrained by any social mission. While you’re right that the guy in the yellow slicker outside your office, as a private person who is mentally ill, is not “news”, Charlie Sheen is news, given this TV show and the billions made from it.

  • al

    Jesus Christ old man, make up your mind. All you do everywhere you are is chirp “openness is good”, “publicness is good”, “Murdoch, Murdoch”, “Howard Stern”, “Chipotle”!!!! You lecture companies that not being open is their doom and yet you have no problem telling people about your personal illness for the good of your mantra. When Charlie does it, its different. Guess what, therapy doesn’t work. Their business model is to keep you coming back, they dont make money by curing you, they are a subscription service.

    The best part of this is that this coming from the man who created Entertainment Weekly, one of the mediums that exploits this kind of stuff and seek it out. Guess what? This is how Charlie chooses to create his brand, this is the way he tells everyone about his “Private Parts”, he is doing exactly what you preach, and he is doing it better than you, me and everyone else right now. Everyone is eating it up, the news, Howard Stern, you. Let it be, it will pass.

    Go to EW.com front page and look at the top headlines and readers favorites. What do you think is there? Unfortunately, the world rather hear about him than actual events, but guess what, you helped create this trend and I bet that you dont mind it the check you get from EW (If you dont get a check from EW for being the founder, then you did something wrong, even Woz still gets paid from Apple).

    Stop being a hypocrite and wake up. This isn’t the time you were in your 20’s and you remember Tom Brokaw talking about the Vietnam War. Your generation is gone and its time to move on and let the new one you helped build slide right in. Unfortunately they rather watch this horse shit than your old age ideals that you grew up with. Stop crying about the nonsense that you preach because its people like you that created it and are angry because everyone else is living in it.

    Stop telling people to reveal their “private parts” when you think your opinion matters .

    Al

    p.s. I love TWIG.

    • http://cheyannescampsite.blogspot.com Cheyanne

      …Leave Jeff Jarvis alone….lol.

      We love our online professor. He’s not a hypocrit either…he is an observer of our American culture, the culture that gives more air time to people who make spectacles of themselves for profit and/or attention and their 15 minutes of fame for bad acting and we like it that way apparently.

      Acting Up gets people more attention. All the kids have figured this out already. They know how WE are. So we can expect more of this same attention seeking in the future, from the future, our kids. Nobody get attention i.e. money, for going along with the program. Thy get attention for being outrageous.

  • al

    @Bill

    Why are you making assumptions as to the type of audience that I belong to? My last name is none of your business but I am a highly educated, YOUNG 31 year old professional with three degrees from a “prestigious”, “difficult to get in” state technical school in Northern NJ. I say prestigious because thats the line I was fed in High School and the media and the government work that happens there, JJ is from this area, I am sure he knows which school. At my young age, I’ve become “senior management” that knows when to be an adult, when to seek out “adult news” like Egypt and Lybia when I want to consume it, but guess what, I also enjoy fart jokes, porn, sports, people getting hit in the balls, politically incorrect humor, puppies falling down the well, movies where women are subservient or the other way around or even a great history documentary.

    I fall in the perfect category for media to advertise to with their crap. Young, male and living in the #1 market in the country with disposable income. Its not your job nor mine nor Jarvis’ to tell people or define to create a common ground for what the sheep consume. The fact is that sex, craziness and other undesirable crap that “old people” like (i assume) you dislike sells.

    I am pretty sure I fit in their target audience just fine.

    Face it, both your times are over. YOU nor JJ live are in an era that both of you desperately are trying to hold on to and that doesnt exist. Just in case if you haven’t noticed, they sell color TV’s now.

    Stop demanding from others what YOU feel is right because they are not going to listen to you, just ask Jarvis, he is been trying for years. They will provide you with what will make them money. Guess what that is? Young, stupid people. Media forgot about you old farts a long time ago, move on, do something else, seek out your own bubble to live in, stop imposing it on others and stop being hypocrites. You dont like the way the audience enables this behavior? guess what, you wouldnt say a peep if it was the other way around and it somehow benefited you.

    Stop crying that your beloved news station actually showed real news back in 1947, this is 2011, they say screw Egypt, here a stripper that lost her wallet at the bus station.

    Al

    PS: JJ has been crying for Aljazerra to be carried because he thinks its a fundamental human right, but someone for got to tell the professor that he lives in a capitalistic country. No one besides him and few others care about carrying that station. Even Comcast knows it wont make them money:

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/al-jazeera-english-makes-its-case-to-comcast-2011-03-01

    PSS: sorry if it doesnt read well, dont have time to proof read, late for a maternal doctors appointment.

  • al

    @Bill

    Why are you making assumptions as to the type of audience that I belong to? My last name is none of your business but I am a highly educated, YOUNG 31 year old professional with three degrees from a “prestigious”, “difficult to get in” state technical school in Northern NJ. I say prestigious because thats the line I was fed in High School and the media and the government work that happens there, JJ is from this area, I am sure he knows which school. At my young age, I’ve become “senior management” that knows when to be an adult, when to seek out “adult news” like Egypt and Lybia when I want to consume it, but guess what, I also enjoy fart jokes, porn, sports, people getting hit in the balls, politically incorrect humor, puppies falling down the well, movies where women are subservient or the other way around or even a great history documentary.

    I fall in the perfect category for media to advertise to with their crap. Young, male and living in the #1 market in the country with disposable income. Its not your job nor mine nor Jarvis’ to tell people or define to create a common ground for what the sheep consume. The fact is that sex, craziness and other undesirable crap that “old people” like (i assume) you dislike sells.

    I am pretty sure I fit in their target audience just fine.

    Face it, both your times are over. YOU nor JJ live are in an era that both of you desperately are trying to hold on to and that doesnt exist. Just in case if you haven’t noticed, they sell color TV’s now.

    Stop demanding from others what YOU feel is right because they are not going to listen to you, just ask Jarvis, he is been trying for years. They will provide you with what will make them money. Guess what that is? Young, stupid people. Media forgot about you old farts a long time ago, move on, do something else, seek out your own bubble to live in, stop imposing it on others and stop being hypocrites. You dont like the way the audience enables this behavior? guess what, you wouldnt say a peep if it was the other way around and it somehow benefited you.

    Stop crying that your beloved news station actually showed real news back in 1947, this is 2011, they say screw Egypt, here a stripper that lost her wallet at the bus station.

    Al

    PS: JJ has been crying for Aljazerra to be carried because he thinks its a fundamental human right, but someone for got to tell the professor that he lives in a capitalistic country. No one besides him and few others care about carrying that station. Even Comcast knows it wont make them money:

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/al-jazeera-english-makes-its-case-to-comcast-2011-03-01

    PSS: sorry if it doesnt read well, dont have time to proof read, late for a maternal doctors appointment.

    • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

      Have much to do?

      • al

        Really? Thats your retort? really? is that what you teach your students? and you still wonder why your profession is the shitter. You might as well teach basket weaving at CUNY, it has the same future as journalism.

        • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

          Oh, for god’s sake, lighten up. Jeesh.

      • concerned citizen

        Mr. Jarvis,

        You are a professor. You should be more dignified.

        It is true what he says. You are contradicting your previous assertions that publicness is good and gatekeepers are bad. Now you’re saying publicness is bad and gatekeepers are good.

        • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

          Dignified? What the hell does that mean here?

          Oh, Charlie has the right to be public. He is public. How is then exploited is then a matter more of privacy than publicness.

      • cm

        It is fine that Jeff changes his mind. That is called growth.

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  • Billy

    Amazing. Jeff Jarvis is a psychiatrist now? People should be aware that this man knows nothing. He claims he was in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and has swallowed the Bush/Cheney version hook, line and sinker. And he refuses to look at the evidence. Media is in trouble because of folks like Jervis. A shill for CNN and CUNY Journalism school’s corporate donors. 9/11 was very much an inside job.

  • Simon free

    If news business is connected to profit, we can clearly see why this Sheen guy is picked instead of a major situation like Egypt / Lybia.
    Same goes for health business / profit and Premium Citizen and non-premium ones.

    What if there was a BBC in each country ? Well managed.
    Probably we wouldnt have such people on the screen. Or maybe yes, because the BBC is listening now to what people are saying.

    Have a book instead

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  • Stan Hogan

    As has been stated here is various ways, Jarvis is exploiting the Sheen meltdown, as is Howard Stern.

    Stern especially. He’s a sometimes entertaining jackal. He once made a lot of hay with porn stars, now has great difficulty being relevant or even heard because he abandoned his audience for the fool’s gold that is satellite radio.

    Now, Sheen plays into his wheelhouse with his fondness for collecting porn stars. Stern tried to lure him into the satellite radio dead end and Sheen went elsewhere. Stern is pissed about that.

    And Jarvis. He’s trying to get in on the Sheen lustfest from the high road and trying to make us believe Stern is up there with him. Right. God, you’ve sold your soul for a stupid-ass book title ripoff that’s so dated most won’t get it anyway.

  • http://www.timepiecetrader.com Anonimo

    C’mon people, Charlie Sheen was a star and still is, no matter what. He has problems like others, I don’t think he deserve to be put to the wall.

  • http://www.taxi-universum.de Airport Taxi Munich

    I would agree that Charlie Sheen in his current state is being exploited. Yet first, there are also others involved than just the press: The news-and-sensation-hungry public can´t wait to hear asap of the very latest in scandals Sheen is producing – the more bizarre and sick, the better. And, secondly, in the years of Sheen´s more “socially acceptable” success, the very same people who now cover the story of Sheen´s crash contributed greatly to his popularity and thus, his wealth. The show-business in general often is extremely shallow. So when this is accepted during the “good” times, we ought not complain in bad times, either.

  • http://norm54.wordpress.com Norm Mowat

    Brings to mind Craig Ferguson’s monologue where he explains his refusal to ridicule Britney Spears during her meltdown days.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bbaRyDLMvA

    Media, whether magazine, newspapers, celebrity news TV shows, or TV news should be acting responsibly regarding Charlie Sheen and refusing to be party to the circus. On the first day I found it somewhat fascinating myself to hear the things coming from his moouth. Since then it has become quite sickening……. please media, stop giving him this sort of exposure!!

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  • http://flytillondon.dk Ulrik

    I love Charlie Sheen, seriously. So what if he’s manic. He has a lot of the good old rockstar charm and truly seems not to care about what anyone thinks of him.

    I especially hold him in high regard because of the way he has handled the media. And I emphasize the word ‘handled’. He dodged every single bullet during the initial interview even though the reporter tried to lure him into every conceivable trap.

    Right on Charlie Sheen – power to you!

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