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The Suburbanite
  • Charita Goshay - What does the Charlie Sheen scandal say about us?

  • CBS television star Charlie Sheen is in a slow-motion death spiral. A spectacle and a freak show disguised as “entertainment,” his drug- and alcohol-fueled antics have spun so far out of control that production of his hit show, “Two and a Half Men,” has been suspended.

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  • CBS television star Charlie Sheen is in a slow-motion death spiral. A spectacle and a freak show disguised as “entertainment,” his drug- and alcohol-fueled antics have spun so far out of control that production of his hit show, “Two and a Half Men,” has been suspended.
    Now, you would think that Sheen, who earned $2 million an episode, would be grateful enough to behave a little. But no. Calling himself “a rock star and a warlock,” the 45-year-old father of five recently demanded a 50 percent raise from the very show he drove over a cliff, declaring, “I’m tired of pretending I’m not special.”
    Usually when we encounter a non-celebrity behaving like Sheen, we lock our car doors, so when did talent become absolution for unrepentant self-destruction?
    DEATH WISH
    And what does it say about how much we value celebrity that someone who is in obvious need of help triggers amusement and even more publicity?
    There’s something wrong with a universe in which people in public service are demonized, while celebrities with a death wish get more second chances than a professional athlete.
    If there’s anyone who deserved a second chance, it was Army Spc. Andrew C. Wilfahrt, 31, of Rosemount, Minn., a talented pianist who died Feb. 27 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
    It was Spc. Brian Tabada, 21, of Las Vegas, who was killed on Feb. 27 in Konar province, Afghanistan, when his unit came under fire by snipers using a rocket-propelled grenade.
    It was Sgt. Kristopher J. Gould, 25, of Saginaw, Mich., who also died on Feb. 27, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, when his small unit was attacked with explosives.
    JESUS JUMPS
    If anyone deserves our attention, it’s those who dedicate their lives to making ours better. Instead, we’ve allowed ourselves to become distracted by reckless people who make a mockery of their own good fortune, and of us.
    Because even Jesus jumps from the dashboard when you exceed the speed limit, it’s no wonder Sheen’s publicist quit on Monday. Producers already are looking for Sheen’s replacement.
    Sheen boasts that he has “Adonis DNA,” the suggestion being that the world can’t possibly go on spinning without him. At the rate at which he’s living, he’s about to find out.