Okay, we know it, that's a mean title that nice people don't dare say particularly in writing these days, but "well duh" who doesn't see what the Charlie Sheen saga is leading up to.
Be honest, Charlie Sheen is a thoroughly rotten human being. He is the victim of his own decision making. He is a person of DREADFUL character. Look at his mouthings off about public issues like his 9/11 conspiracy theories and other topics he's opined on. Look at how he's treated women. The son-of-a-bitch simply has no core, no positive values. That he would live the ultimate hedonistic spoiled brat life should come as no surprise. He could be Paris Hilton's or Lindsay Lohan's big brother. He had two things working for him, his father's name recognition and what most TV and movie viewers consider Hollywood good looks. He has been capable of playing slightly edgy, bad boy characters -- great entertainment. Having no core, no values and an unbelievably elevated sense of self and ego, living the fat life lead to what he's become today.
Some find his exploits entertaining. Some can't help be drawn in with the kind of morbid curiosity that draws a crowd watching an accident. Hopefully, those among us who are less vocal are just plain disgusted.
Cut the phony sympathy. He's not a poor fellow who had bad things happen to him. Nobody forced him to party to extremes and consume enough cocaine and alcohol to warp his brain.That's what he wanted, that's what he got and the result is what you see is what you get.
Now, Sheen the Mean is making the rounds with his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour, booking facilities in major cities where audiences can come and hear him rant. There's no script, no rehearsal, and Charlie Sheen is no stand up comic. He's fleecing the public to support his disgusting life style. To show the absolute depravity of the situation, the pure hubris of a horrible human being, he's attempting to copyright some of his pet catch phrases like "duh - winning," "tiger blood," and "rock star from Mars." We have one he can use free of charge that fits, "Shithead from Hollywood."
Somehow, that his one major interview since his whole world erupted into a media specticle earlier this year was by perhaps the nation's most vicious demogogue and conspiracy theory peddler, Alex Jones, leading to Jones appearance on "The View' makes him all the more worthy of ridicule, but he and Jones certanily occupy a well deserved shared level of contempt among folks who are tired of media explotation regardless of where it comes from.
We've seen his kind of story play out many times before -- Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. Surrounded by sycophants, enablers, and leeches who feed off the big star's excesses, these stars live in a bubble detached from reality and with nothing but "yes" men around them, they are never challenged on their abhorrent lifestyles. They become increasingly more detached from the real world, and soon, tragedy results.
With Smith, Jackson, and Presley, they didn't seem to grovel in their destruction. Toward the end they became sickly shells of what they were in their prime. While Sheen is a far cry from the character who made him the star on one of network TV's hottest shows, he appears to celebrate grovelling in his self-destruction. The day of reckoning is coming soon.
Why does it seem like the final chapter of this tragedy is going to be an especially ugly one?